Marco Risso is one of the most respected coaches currently active on the Italian waterpolo scene.
Throughout his long playing career he showed great interest in the coaching side of the game and in fact started coaching junior sides in his last five years as a player, starting out at S.C. Quinto, where he won his first junior’s league title in his first year in 2001.
For the past 20 years Marco has coached various Serie A1 and A2 sides and has often overachieved, the performance of his team regularly exceeding the expectations of his clubs’ management, fans and waterpolo journalists.
In Serie A1 he has coached Chiavari Nuoto, with whom he won promotion into Serie A1, RN Bogliasco, RN Florentia and RN Sori, with whom he won the Comen Cup in 2008. His teams have regularly reached the playoffs, competing against teams with much greater resources. In Malta in 2017, Marco joined Birzebbuga ASC and led them to their first honour, the First Division Cup competition, in more than 20 years. In Italy, at the moment he has is head coach at A2 side President Bologna after four successful years at Lavagna 90, where he guided the team to the play offs in each of the four seasons, a first for the club.
As a coach at juniors’ level, Marco has won various honours in Italy, amongst others winning the Juniors Championship 3 years in a row with RN Bogliasco. Even when he was in charge of the seniors’ teams at the various clubs he has coached, Marco has taken a keen interest in youth development, often also taking on the role of coach in a particular age group. He has been instrumental in teaching many young Italian players the basics of waterpolo and giving them an opportunity to play at the highest level in one of the world’s top leagues.
Marco is known in waterpolo circles for his excellent communication skills, his enthusiasm for the game, his keen interest in youth development and is one of those coaches who make waterpolo the fun and exciting game that it is.