Samuels is new coach of Dominican’s men team
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 6, 2017 – The Dominican
Republic Volleyball Federation introduced Cuban Orlando Samuels
as new technical director of its men’s program 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 program, who
was accompanied by Luis Mejia Oviedo, president of the Dominican
Olympic Committee and representatives of the Ministry of Sports.
A graduated from the Cuban Physical Education Institute in 1987,
Samuels coached the men’s team to a gold medal at the 1989 FIVB
World Cup and silver medals at the FIVB 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
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.