Wolf Pack Lose Assistant VB Coach to Pacific

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STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific women's volleyball head coach Dave Johnson has announced the hiring of Ray Batalon as the Tigers' associate head coach.

Batalon comes to Pacific after spending the last seven seasons as an assistant coach as the University of Nevada.

Named the Wolf Pack's top assistant prior to the 2007 season, Batalon was primarily responsible for Nevada's recruiting as the team's recruiting coordinator while managing the team's volleyball database and as well as serving as the primary evaluator. Leading the way on the recruiting effort, Batalon helped land the nation's 23rd ranked recruiting class in 2006.

In addition to recruiting, Ray developed the opponent scouting reports for the Wolf Pack while working as the team's video coordinator and underclassmen academic advisor. On the court Batalon helped train the Wolf Pack setters, defensive specialists and middle blockers.

Prior to Nevada, Batalon was a staple in the Nevada high school ranks as he was the head coach at Reno High School from 1995-99 and an assistant at Bishop Manogue High School in 2000 and North Valleys High School in 2001.

Before beginning his coaching career, Batalon played men's volleyball at Nevada from 1991-95. He earned his bachelor's degree in general studies from Nevada in 2003.

"I am excited to have someone with Ray's experience joining our staff," said Johnson. "Ray is an outstanding coach who will blend in nicely with our team culture, and provide our players another great set of eyes to help them develop as players."