Former Croatian superstar player and the winner of the 2017 Total Player Award Sandro Sukno has been appointed as the new head coach of Pro Recco!
Sukno returns to Recco for the third time, after two successful episodes as a player in season 2011/12 and bigger 2015 to 2018. This time he will take on an even bigger responsibility as a head coach of a team that always aims only for the top spots.
Last season, Sukno had a very successful season in Primorac Kotor, where he managed to clinch second place in the Montenergian championship. He is also Tucak’s assistant coach in the Croatian national team.
Sukno shared his first impression for Total Waterpolo:
“As a young coach, I am very grateful for the opportunity to work in such an organized club with some of the best players in the world. For Pro Recco, anything less than first place is unacceptable, so my primary goal is to build a team where players are ready to give their all for each other in the pool.”
Sukno (31) was forced to retire as a player at the age of 29, because of heart problems. Despite he had a relatively short career he won many medals, including Olympic gold in London 2012, silver in Rio 2016, five medals at the World Championships…
During his playing career, Sukno was a member of Jug, Primorje and Pro Recco. Playing for Pro Recco, Sukno won the 2012 Champions League
Sukno is the sixth non-Italian on Pro Recco’s bench in the history of the club, the fourth in a row. The first foreign head coach in Pro Recco was Hungarian Imre Szikora (1980 – 1984). Serb Igor Milanovic led the team in the season 2014/15 when Pro Recco won its 8th title of the European champion. Milanovic was replaced by Italian Amadeo Pomillo (2015/16). Recco’s legend Vladimir Vujasinovic (Serbia) coached the team for two seasons (2016 – 2018). Croat Ratko Rudic, the most decorated coach in history of water polo, came after Vujasiovic in 2018, but he didn’t accomplish his mission since the season 2019/20 was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After Rudic left the club, Spaniard Gabriel Hernandez arrived at Recco, but he announced that he won’t stay at the club, a few days after winning the Champions League.
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