Brings multiple levels of experience to assistant coach position
Photos from Gonzaga's match against Nevada Sept. 2, 2017.
Drew Pascua is entering his second season as assistant coach at Gonzaga. He primarily works with the middle hitters and blockers.
His first season at Gonzaga was one of the most successful in program history as he helped guide the Zags to a 17-11 overall record and a tie for third in the West Coast Conference standings. The 17 wins equaled the program's most since 1990, and their finish among the top half of the conference was Gonzaga's best since 1994.
The Bulldogs also saw many notable wins in 2016, including the program's first-ever win at Pepperdine Oct. 6. Two days later, GU finished the SoCal sweep with a five-set win at Loyola Marymount. In non-conference action, the Zags went undefeated at the 2016 Utah Volleyball Classic, downing Utah in five for the program's first win over a Pac-12 team in six years.
Pascua came to Gonzaga after two years at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He helped lead the Cardinals to a 10th-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament and a 22-16 record in 2015. Pascua worked primarily with the middle blockers and the setters at NIC, inputting both blocking and offensive schemes while also organizing travel arrangements, overseeing academics, and leading the squad's strength and conditioning efforts.
Before joining NIC, Pascua coached the men's volleyball team at Warner University in Lake Wales, Fla., during the 2007 season. He led that program to a 10th-place national finish at the NAIA level.
The Grass Valley, Calif. native also has extensive experience in coaching at the club and high school levels, winning three state high school championships and leading multiple clubs to national rankings. He guided Santa Fe Christian's girls' squad to the California state title in 2003, 2007, and 2008, and he also coached at Honolulu's Mid-Pacific Institute for three years as well. While in Hawaii, Pascua also headed up `Imi `Ike VBC, leading the club to Junior Nationals in 2008 and multiple Top 10 finishes at Southern California Volleyball Association's Summer Soiree.
On the court, Pascua was a setter for San Diego Mesa Junior College and Warner University. He graduated cum laude from Warner with an exercise science degree while minoring in sport management.
Pascua, his wife Hedder, and their two children live in Couer d'Alene.
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