Brazilian Olympic champion named PH women’s volleyball team coach

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 3) – The Philippine National Volleyball Federation appointed on Monday Brazilian mentor Jorge Edson Souza de Brito to guide the national women’s volleyball team.

PNVF President Ramon “Tats” Suzara said the appointment of Souza de Brito was requested by the newly-formed national volleyball body to the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), which granted their plea.

“With coach Jorge’s vast experience as a coach and player, we are very sure that we will get the technology transfer we have aspired for,” said Suzara.

Souza de Brito was a member of the Brazil men’s volleyball team who took home the gold in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. As a coach, he guided the Brazilian women’s volleyball squad to a gold medal finish in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The 54-year-old Souza de Brito coached several top clubs in the Brazilian league from 2002 onwards. He also won titles and clinched podium finishes in Turkey and Japan.

Suzara said the Brazilian mentor will work with national women’s volleyball team head coach Odjie Mamon for two years, upon his arrival in June or July.

“The FIVB will be paying for coach Jorge’s salary but the PNVF will be responsible for his accommodation, food and local transport,” Suzara said.

The country’s top volleyball official added Souza de Brito’s hiring falls under the FIVB’s coaching support for technical and tactical development of national teams project agreement.

The PNVF applied for the FIVB’s development project platform to strengthen the national women’s team that has not won a Southeast Asian Games medal since 2005.

“At the moment, he [Souza de Brito] will focus on the women’s team only, and let’s see if we can expand later to the youth squad,” Suzara explained.

The PNVF successfully conducted a three-day bubble tryouts last week for the national volleyball and beach volleyball teams in preparation for the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam in November.

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