Julio Velasco coached Italy's men's team from 1989 to 1996. They won silver at the 1996 Olympic Games, two World Championships, three European Championships, a World Cup and five World League titles. He then guided Italy's women's team from 1997 to 1998. Velasco returned to the men's game with the Czech Republic from 2001 to 2003, Spain from 2009 to 2010 and Iran from 2011 to 2014, whom he helped to qualify for their first World League in 2013. Velasco took over Argentina's men's team in 2014. He was an assistant coach of the squad from 1981 to 1983. Velasco is in the Volleyball Hall of Fame. He has discussed coaching with football mastermind Pep Guardiola multiple times.