After several consecutive years at the helm of the Leonas, Carlos Retegui stepped aside and will no longer be part of the coaching staff of the Argentine national teams. He justly knew how to become the most winning coach in the history of national hockey.
In 2009 he assumed for the first time as technical director of the women’s team and began to forge the team that a year later was crowned World Champion in Rosario 2010. In London 2012 he struck the silver medal with the Lionesses and already in 2014, in a double command in charge of the two selected, he got two bronze medals at the World Cup in The Hague: Leonas and Leones in third place on the podium.
Also, with the Lionesses, he won the Champions Trophies in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
At the head of the men’s team, in 2008 he won the only medal (bronze) in a Champions Trophy for men and years later he wrote the golden history of hockey in our country, with the conquest of Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro 2016. Already In 2021, after a year of uncertainty due to the pandemic, the Tokyo Games were the finishing touch to his coaching career. He won a new silver medal and with it ended his cycle with the national team.
Who will assume the post will be Fernando Ferrara, current coach of the Under 21 team -las Leoncitas- and who also knew how to work with the Leonas in recent years as a technical assistant. As a player, Ferrara participated in three Olympic Games (Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996).
Among his track records as a coach, he was in charge of the Italian Women’s National Team for eight seasons. With renewed airs, the Lionesses will have to prepare for the most important commitments of the next season: the Pan American Cup (January 2022) qualifying for the World Cup that will take place in July in Spain and the Netherlands, and the third edition of the FIH Pro League.
The brand new coach of the Leonas will be accompanied by former Leona Alejandra Gulla, as technical assistant, as well as Santiago Capurro and Mario Almada. The physical preparation will be in charge of Diego Ferrari while Gonzalo Romero will be the video analyst.