TEHRAN, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Julio Velasco has stepped down as the coach of Iranian national volleyball team, according to local media on Saturday.
Velasco, who was appointed head coach of the Iranian men's national team in 2011, made the decision after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner asked him to take the helm of Argentine's team, Tehran Times daily reported.
"Velasco has improved Iranian volleyball over the past few years. We agreed with his request to keep our relationship good," the official in the Iranian Volleyball Federation Mohammad-Reza Davarzani said.
"We are going to find a good replacement for him. We cannot disclose the name of our candidate at the moment," he said.
Under the tutelage of Velasco, Iran claimed the title of the Asian Volleyball Championship in 2011 and 2013.
Velasco, whose coaching career spans more three decades, has also coached Italy's men's and women's national volleyball teams as well as the men's national teams of Spain and the Czech Republic.
Poland coach Andrea Anastasi is a top candidate to replace Velasco, according to Iranian media.