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Aug. 8, 2012

TULSA, Okla. - University of Tulsa Head Volleyball Coach Steven McRoberts announced the hiring of Ronaldo Pacheco as an assistant coach to the Golden Hurricane staff. Pacheco, a former professional volleyball player in Brazil and Argentina, joins the coaching ranks after serving as a student manager for the team from 2009-11. He will be involved in planning practice, scouting, recruiting and conducting camps for the Hurricane.

"He has been with this program for three years, so he brings a lot of continuity and a lot of knowledge about the current players on the roster," McRoberts commented. "He has trained them, he has been around them and he knows their personalities. We were very blessed to have him as a student manager as he has played at the highest level of volleyball in Brazil and internationally. We were going to be disappointed to lose him, and for us to keep him is huge for us."

Pacheco has a wealth of coaching experience at many different levels both in the United States and in Brazil. He served as the head coach for the Club Jundiaí men's volleyball squad in 2005, the Melhoramentos men's volleyball team along with the Club Melhoramentos women's junior volleyball squad in 2002. Pacheco also served as an assistant coach on the Brazilian women's national team from 2004-07 and aided in training the Brazilian squad that went onto a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. In 2007, he also observed the Miami University (Ohio) volleyball team and was a volunteer assistant volleyball coach for Talawanda (Ohio) High School.

Before coaching, Pacheco played professional volleyball from 1983 to 2001 for 10 different teams in Brazil and Argentina including S.E. Palmerias, the 1994 Brazilian Superliga runner-up. Pacheco also was a member of the Brazilian National Team, which captured a gold medal at the 1988 South America Junior Championship.

"Ronaldo brings a lot of concepts from a player's standpoint and from a training standpoint to our staff," McRoberts said. "He has played against the best and he has seen the best either on the court or from a front row seat. The confidence that he can bring to these girls is immense in helping them become the best they can be."



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