PLDT names Pascua new coach in PVL

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THE PLDT High Speed Hitters on Friday named George Pascua as head coach for the 2022 season of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL).

“We believe that the experiences he gained over his career will make him an excellent chief tactician for our rebuilding squad,” PLDT said of Pascua in a Facebook post.

“We are looking forward to working with Coach George as he leads our team in the coming PVL season.”

Pascua is also the current head coach of the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and serves as an assistant coach for the Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team.

Pascua, who is replacing coach Roger Gorayeb in PLDT, is no stranger to club volleyball competition having led Petron to the 2014 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Women’s Grand Prix and 2015 PSL All Filipino Conference titles. He also steered Cignal to the 2017 PSL Invitational co-championship with Japanese club Kobe Shinwa.

“I’m happy and excited because I will get to coach a team that is one of the pioneers in (Philippine) volleyball. I’m also happy that they value their players,” said Pascua in a statement.

“I didn’t expect PLDT to recruit me because they were looking at many candidates for the post. They talked to me about their plans and we agreed on some collaborations and then they called me saying that they chose me.”

Together with Raffy Mosuela, Mike Santos, and Manolo Refugia as his assistant coaches and Paolo Escaño as the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Pascua is tasked to take PLDT to greater heights after finishing seventh with a 3-6 slate in the Open Conference last year, when the team was known as PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters.

On Thursday, PLDT officially changed its moniker to High Speed Hitters.