Testimonials about Coach Manolo

“Manolo is a very good technical trainer and works very hard to help make his players become the best they can be.  He has a great passion for the game and I have enjoyed talking volleyball with him over the years.  I am excited to have him back in the Valley and know with his connections he will make an immediate impact on the Evansville volleyball program.”
 -Melissa Stokes – head coach – Missouri State University – has led MSU to seven NCAA Tournaments and is the all-time leader in MVC history in conference wins
 
“Manolo worked our camp the summer prior to his time at Evansville.  What we learned during those weeks is obviously the same thing the University of Evansville saw during his tenure there: in Manolo you have a compassionate, hardworking coach, who has a deep love and respect of the game.  He has all the skills to be successful in this profession.”
-Mary Wise – head coach – University of Florida – 2-time AVCA National Head Coach of the Year, 12-time SEC Coach of the Year
 
“I am excited for Manolo. He is a great person and a good coach. He is honest, loyal and hard working. He cares about his athletes and will work extremely hard to help them reach their potential in the classroom and on the court. He has tremendous knowledge of the game of Volleyball and is a good teacher. Manolo will do wonderful things at The University of Evansville.”
- Jose Gandara – head coach – University of Miami – former assistant coach at the University of Washington
 
“This is a great situation for him and he will be an asset for the program and University.  He works extremely hard and is a tremendous teacher and communicator.  It was a very good experience for me to be able to work with him.  The players we worked with liked him a lot and he was a great asset for us to be able to make it to the playoffs together.  His knowledge in practice and running the team was great for us and will be the same at UE.”
- Javier Gaspar – mentor, former Penn State and USA National Team setter, coached together with Guaynabo Mets and in Pro League
 
“It is a great opportunity for Manolo.  He is a well-prepared young coach.  He has a lot to offer a great program like the University of Evansville.”
- Monchito Hernandez – former Penn State outside hitter, Beach Volleyball Olympian, current coach for Corozal Pinkin Pro Team
 
“He was my middles coach and was always very friendly and extremely smart.  His knowledge of the campus and how things run at UE makes him a great choice for the position.  He was a great leader and I looked up to him when on his team.”
- Emily Wandersee – former player – University of Evansville – 2-time All-MVC Second Team member, finished career ranked in the top ten in the UE record book in kills, blocks and block assists 
 

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