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COACHING: Former Mt. Hood CC star lands first head coaching job with Pioneers

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandy High head volleyball coach Lihau Perreira (left) compares notes with assistant coach Alyssa Hall during last weeks high school tryouts.

Shyanna Davis guided Sandy's volleyball team to prominence building it into a perennial state-tournament qualifier. Now, Lihau Perreira takes the baton and looks to keep the Pioneers near the top.

Perreira, a 2012 Barlow High graduate, is taking on her first high school head coaching job. She has been a sub-varsity coach at Sandy in the past and also has coached through Mt. Hood Athletic Club.

"I grew up in Sandy and love the community," Perreira said. "My parents coached in the program, and it's been a pipe dream of mine for a while."

The key for Perreira, who was hired in time to run summer workouts and team camps, is to instill attention to detail.

"It's one thing to show up in nice uniforms, but that doesn't mean anything if your warm up looks like a mess," Perreira said. "It takes pride to a new level when everything is synchronized. When you get down to basics and discipline, greatness comes from that."

Perreira was a heavy hitter in the front row both at Barlow and later at Mt. Hood Community College. She then spent a year at Holy Names University in California and had just started a life adventure in Arizona when the Sandy job became available and opened a door to return home.

Perreira was also recently hired as a Special Education Assistant in the Oregon Trail School District.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandy teammates Kyra Child and Annika Noreen react after winning a point during a drill during last weeks tryouts.

In 2018, its first season back at big-school (6A) status, the Pioneers tied for second place in the Mount Hood Conference and picked up three playoff wins.

"The main thing I want to teach the girls is the value of following through on things both in the game and off the court," Perreira said. "Now more than ever, female athletes are being empowered. I look forward to being there for these girls and giving back to a sport that gave me so much."

Other members of the coaching staff include Alyssa Hall, Bailey Snyder, Katie Tankersley and Rebekah Mather.

Sandy opens the regular season Monday, Sept. 9, at home against Central Catholic.

This story is slated for our Tuesday, Aug. 27, print edition.

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