Italian Marcello Abbondanza replaces German Arnd Ludwig as of this year on the Canadian bench. The 46-year-old began his coaching in the 1990s and worked for several women’s clubs in Italy, amongst which Pesaro which he led to the title of the CEV Cup in 2006 . In 2011 he made his first venture abroad to take charge of the women’s National Team of Bulgaria, where he stayed until 2014, leading the side to a silver and a bronze in the European League. At club level Abbondanza has led Rabita Baku in Azerbaijan which he led to silver at the 2012 FIVB Club World Championship and another silver at the 2013 European Champions League, before joining Turkey’s Fenerbahce Istanbul. He led Fenerbahce to several domestic titles, including this year’s, as well as the 2014 CEV Cup gold.