Brazilian superpower club Minas Tenis has hired Sergio Onha Marques as their new head coach according to Globo Sport, where he’ll replace the embattled Australian Scott Volkers.
The club is the official representation of Olympic Champion and World Record holder Cesar Cielo, who won the gold medal in the 50 free at the 2008 Olympics (along with bronze medals in both the 100 in 2008 and the 50 in 2012).
The club has won 11 Jose Finkel (Brazilian Winter Short Course) Championships in club history and 9 Maria Lenk (Brazilian Summer Long Course) titles.
Marqueswas on the Brazilian staff at the 2011 World Junior Championships and the 2013 and 2015 World Championships. He was also on the Rio 2016 staff and the staff at the 2016 World Short Course Championships.
Marques was with Pinheiros from 2010 until 2014, when he was lured away by Corinthians. Among his past charges include Joao Gomes Junior when he placed 5th at the 2013 World Championships in the 50 breaststroke.
Volkers, the club’s former coach, was originally named to the Brazilian coaching staff last summer, before a protest came in from his native Australia. In Australia, Volkers was accused of sexually abusing young swimmers and has been denied a blue card, without which he’s not allowed to work with children in the country.