Eugenio George: ever onward to victory
Manzanillo, Mexico, June 4, 2014 - The legendary Eugenio George will be remembered as a fiercely intelligent man, as a leader on court and a gentleman off it.
Eugenio George coached the famous generation of Cuban players who seized Olympic medals in Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000|
Eugenio George, who passed away on Sunday, aged 81, received a special tribute at the Finals Day of the VIII NORCECA International Beach Volleyball Circuit in San Pedrito Beach, where fans and local organising committee joined in a minute's standing ovation held in his honour.
Eugenio George shared his last days as a mentor working with the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation. He was an inspiration to new generations of volleyball players, who learned a lot from him whether it was on sand or on an indoor court.
In a country - Mexico - where June 1 is a day dedicated to the navy, George could be considered the admiral of modern volleyball. His leadership and revolutionary style were the keys to the birth of the Cuban volleyball school and to his country's success at the Olympic Games.
"Our condolences for such a big loss. We have a mourning feeling," said NORCECA President and FIVB First Executive Vice-President Cristóbal Marté Hoffiz, in a statement earlier this week.
George has left an extraordinary legacy in volleyball and sports. After the successes of the “Morenas of the Caribbean”, the famous generation of Cuban players who seized Olympic medals in Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, as well as World Championship titles in 1978, 1994 and 1998, numerous Cuban coaches and specialists traveled around the world to share their knowledge.
In Mexico, many state institutes that work as regional ministries have at least one Cuban sports specialist as part of international exchanges. Norka Latamblet for example, who played with the Olympic teams under George, worked as coach for the volleyball programme of Baja California from 2006 to 2008.
George's support and NORCECA’s vision also combined to develop the Pan American Cup in Mexico, which became an amazing stage for women’s volleyball.
The “Ever onward to victory” motto, which is associated with the image of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, could also be applied to the “revolutionary” style which Professor George created and contributed to modern volleyball.
American Football had Vince Lombardi. Basketball had Phil Jackson. Football had Rinus Michels, whose "Total Football" changed the game for ever. In a world where gender equality has become more than just a trend topic, the “Total Volleyball” revolution was first introduced by women's teams in George’s era. The “Morenas of the Caribbean” were the best example of this revolution, spectacular and unrepeatable. As a coach, Eugenio George was ever onward to victory. Now he is ever onward immortal.
Other FIVB news
- Mexico to stage first weekend of FIVB World Grand Prix Pool Q matches
- World Grand Prix statistical preview: Brazil eye back-to-back titles
- 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix Media Guide online
- Peru intensify workouts ahead of World Grand Prix
- Kazakhstan bring in experience for World Grand Prix opening weekend in Almaty
- Argentina prepare for first weekend of World Grand Prix
- Five teams make their debuts as record-breaking FIVB World Grand Prix gets underway
- Montenegro win first round of European League finals
- World Grand Prix: Bigger and better than ever
- 1986: USA bring a halt to East European dominance
- China and Japan to meet in 17th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship final
- World League's top four USA, Brazil, Italy and Iran contribute to Dream Team
- Chinese Taipei to play India for 5th place at the 17th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship
- “Best ever”: USA and the sport of volleyball are winners as the FIVB World League celebrates its 25th anniversary
- Italian Prime Minister attends FIVB World League Finals in Florence
- World Championship brings out the fan in Professor Fermeglia
- 17th Asian Women's U19 Volleyball Championship prepares for semifinals
- Andrea Zorzi: Speed is at the heart of modern volleyball
- World League performances reshuffle world ranking
- Algeria to host Women's U18 and U23 African Nations Championships
- Qualification system for 2015 European Games confirmed
- Social Timeline: World League Finals leads to USA gold
- Women’s Club World Championship agreement with Eventcourt confirmed until 2019
- Mexico win final ticket to Italy
- Puerto Rico complete the teams qualified to Poland
- Japan overcome Italy 3-1 in fourth World Grand Prix warm-up
- Team USA Sweeps Cuba to Win NORCECA U19 Gold
- Talking Stats: USA join World League’s multiple gold medal club; Italy win back-to-back bronze
- USA upset Brazil to claim second World League title
- Stats Preview: Brazil, USA set for first-ever meeting in World League final; Italy eye fourth bronze medal
- Talking Stats: USA reach third World League final; Brazil get chance to add more silverware
- Brazil and USA book World League final date
- Volleyball is thrilling a nation, say Italian papers
- Two sets are enough for Turkey to win first European League title
- Stats preview: Iran take first ever meeting with USA; Brazil aim to continue semifinal winning streak
- Top eight confirmed for the 17th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship
- Talking Stats: Iran guarantee top four finish for the first time; Italy keep clean win-record
- Italian Prime Minister joins President Graca at World League Finals
- Italy v Brazil, USA v Iran in World League Semifinals
- We can be champions, says Amir Ghafour
- FIVB Volleyball World League 2015 formula confirmed
- Iran stand a good chance of qualifying, says Andrea Zorzi
- Talking stats: Iran and Australia in critical, must-win matches to make World League semifinals cut
- Neslihan Demir: Leader, iron lady, flag carrier and mother
- Talking Stats: Brazil end losing streak against Russia; USA recover to record win in World League finals
- Brazil and Italy book semifinal spots on World League Finals Day Two
- We are carrying Brazil's hopes after football failure, says Lucarelli
- Dalhausser and Rosenthal on the hunt for a ‘turkey’ in The Hague
- ‘Brazil have a point to prove’ says Zorzi
- Italy can go all the way on this form, says Zorzi