“Excited for the Season to begin”, ACAC is a very competitive conference, one of the best in our country. “We’re going to be a young team,” but very competitive squad! We have the best 12 female athletes representing Medicine Hat College and its community.
The fact is we are starting off with a virtually new team, he believes, can play in Rattler’s favor.
“I think the (opposing) teams will have low expectations for us, and that will make us dangerous,” “We will have a fight on our hands every single night.” And we look forward to it!
We have 10 new Rookies and they have one goal on their minds- making the starting line. ACAC volleyball is very different than high school or club volleyball. “It’s a faster type of volleyball, and women attack the ball harder.” he says. “Our squad is going to have to adapt very quickly. We will be facing teams that physically are bigger. The pace will be quicker- We will be ready.
Pardo took over head coaching duties in late August, and since that time the team has been training and preparing for the start of the season.
“From the fan’s perspective, you’re going to see a faster game. The athleticism that will be on display will be exceptional.” I invite Rattler Nation to rally and support your young team says Pardo. Many of our Current team members are enrolled in University degree programs- many will be around for 4-5 years. A definite plus for the Women’s program!
He expects that will pay dividends for the team, especially when local players consider their opportunities in the post secondary field. We have great local talent in Southern Alberta and look forward to our ID camp being held Dec. 6-7, 2013. Recruitment is under way for the 2014 class.
“Hopefully it will make them consider their hometown college team,” he said.
Every day is a step towards to the start of conference season and very much excited for our Home opener against Old College on November 8th.
Fernando will bring a vast experience, a positive coaching style, and will entrust the students with Academic and Court success. He believes that powerful leadership is what will set the best apart from the rest. Strong leaders bring people along by setting the pace, tone and example within the sport.
Prior to his appointment at Medicine Hat College, Pardo was an Assistant professor at Ryerson University, where he taught Sport Marketing, and his research focused on Management and Leadership.
Coach Pardo is no stranger to Volleyball, Having Coached at the CIS, ACAC and professional ranks he brings a wealth of knowledge and excitement to the Medicine Hat College women’s program. Gaining experience from all over the world, Pardo has been involved with the U21 Puerto Rico Women’s VB, Canada FISU, Jr. National U21 and Mexico National U17 & U19 Women’s Teams.
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