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Cuban Samuels is new coach of Dominican’s men team

Cuban Orlando Samuels (third from left) accompanied by staff of assistants

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 6, 2017 – The Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation introduced Cuban Orlando Samuels as new technical director of its men’s programme and head coach of the senior team.

Samuels was presented by Nelson Ramirez, general secretary of the national federation and director of the men’s programme, who was accompanied by Luis Mejia Oviedo, president of the Dominican Olympic Committee and representatives of the Ministry of Sports.

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A graduate from the Cuban Physical Education Institute in 1987, Samuels coached Cuba's men’s team to a gold medal at the 1989 FIVB Volleyball World Cup and silver medals at the FIVB Volleyball World Championships in 1990 and 2010.

An FIVB Instructor, Samuels’ teams also claimed titles at four NORCECA Championships as well as in the 1991 Pan American Games and the 1986 Central American and Caribbean Games.

“I am a hard worker and the boys know that and are willing to do their part,” Samuels said. “What I’ve seen is a group with high potential and the results must show if we comply with the projected plan.”

The Dominicans are reigning champions of the Central American and Caribbean Games after winning the gold medal in Veracruz, Mexico in 2014.

“We have the potential to go further than Central American Games,” Samuels said. “We have to explore the Pan American Games, the World League and the Olympic Games, but we have to do a hard work to achieve it.”

Samuels will have a staff of assistants that includes Dante Mañon, Alberto Castro, Jonathan Fabian and Tolinson Aquino. Dr. Julio Miñoso will be in charge of the medical area and Marvin Zamora and Roberto Carlos Nuñez are the therapists.

Victor Gil, vice president of the Dominican Federation pronounced the opening words highlighting the successful career of Samuels, while Tony Mesa took a turn as representative of the Ministry of Sports.

The international schedule of the Dominican Men’s National Team includes the Pan American Cup in Canada from July 23-31 and the NORCECA Continental Championship in Colorado, USA from September 24 to October 2.

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