PLDT names George Pascua as new head coach

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THE PLDT Home Fibr High Speed Hitters have tapped George Pascua to be its new head coach for the upcoming 2022 Premier Volleyball League season.

Pascua, who takes over for long-time coach Roger Gorayeb, says taking the reins of the storied volleyball club is a challenge as well as an honor.

“I’m happy and excited to be leading one of the pioneering volleyball teams. I like how the team values their players as well,” said Pascua.

Pascua is a three-time champion coach in the Philippine Superliga, steering the 2014 Grand Prix and 2015 All-Filipino championships. He also guided Cignal to the 2017 Invitational championship. In 2018, he had a one-year stint with Sta. Lucia as well.

He is also the current head coach of Far Eastern University’s women’s volleyball team—a position he has held since 2017, and also an assistant coach for the Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team.

“This continuous study is a big thing for a coach,” said Pascua about getting to work with national team consultant Edson Souza De Brito. “At the same time, I learn something new from Brazil. It’s huge that I’m learning a new system.”

Pascua tapped Raffy Mosuela, Mike Santos, and Manolo Refugia as assistant coaches while Paolo Escaño is the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

Expectations are high for the PLDT team entering the new season. But for Pascua, it’s going to be a “process.”

“It’s a process and we can’t get that in a blink of an eye. We need to form team chemistry.”

The 2022 PVL Open Conference is targeting a Feb. 16 start date.

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