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Ronaldo Pacheco

Ronaldo  Pacheco

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Tulsa, 2012

01/12/2017

Volleyball Hires Tori Mellinger as Assistant Coach

Pacheco Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Ronaldo Pacheco is in his fourth year as a member of the Ole Miss volleyball program and was promoted to associate head coach in January of 2017.

Pacheco has helped the Rebels to four straight winning seasons for the first time in three decades. The Rebels have won 12 regular season tournament titles and set several team and individual records during his tenure.

In 2017, Pacheco helped coach the Rebels to a historic season as they captured the NIVC Championship and equaled the most wins (22) in the rally era. The Rebels set numerous team and individual records with senior outside hitters Kate Gibson and Lexi Thompson joining the 1,000/1,000 Club.

In 2016, the Rebels won three tournament titles and posted a third consecutive winning season, while sestting a record for most digs in a season and ranking second in the SEC in digs per set. 

Pacheco helped the Rebels post consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in three decades with a 22-11 record in 2015. The Rebels also set a school record with 13 home wins. 

In his first year (2014) at Ole Miss, Pacheco helped the Rebels post their best record (22-10) in seven years and the best start in program history (14-0).

Ole Miss posted a school-record team hitting percentage in a season (.254) in 2014 and led the SEC in aces per set in 2015.

Pacheco has helped coach several players to individual honors, including middle blocker Nakeyta Clair, who became the second All-American in program history and set the career record for total blocks, block assists, block solos and hitting percentage while also setting the single season record for kills (366) in 2014 and block solos (34) in 2015. Clair earned AVCA All-Region and All-SEC honors in 2014 and 2015.  Aubrey Edie concluded a record-setting career as the all-time leader in career, single-season and single-match assists. She earned AVCA All-Region honors and was named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American. The late Ty Laporte ranked among the top 10 hitters in the SEC in 2015, along with Clair, and earned Honorable Mention All-Region honors. Outside hitter Lexi Thompson had the most kills (323) in a season by a freshman in 2014 and then set the single-season kills record in 2016 with 437. 

A former professional volleyball player in Brazil and Argentina, Pacheco joined the Tulsa coaching staff prior to the 2012 season. That year, he helped lead Tulsa to a 26-10 record, C-USA regular season and postseason championships and an NCAA Championship appearance. At Tulsa Pacheco was involved in planning practice, scouting, recruiting and conducting camps for the Hurricane. Pacheco also served as a student manager for the team from 2009-12.

Pacheco brings a wealth of coaching experience both on a national and international level. He served as the head coach for the Club Jundiai 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 Brazil to a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

During his playing career (1983-2001), Pacheco played on 10 different teams including S.E. Palmerias, the Brazilian Superliga runner-up. He also played for the Brazilian National Team that captured a gold medal at the 1988 South American Junior Championship.

Pacheco is a native of Campinas, Brazil and graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2012 with a degree in psychology.

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