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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-05-2018

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 Pereira 'living the dream' at EMU Former Shea player, coach is director of Volleyball Operations for MAC champion Eastern Michigan University women's team PAWTUCKET – As a sophomore at Shea High School, Jason Pereira was convinced, despite a lack of experience, to play on the school's brand new boys' volleyball team that has since led him to Eastern Michigan University as a volunteer assistant coach for the women's team and Director of Volleyball Operations. Pereira, 37, credits his high school volleyball coach, current athletic director Kate Corry, with getting him involved in the sport, which became a varsity program at Shea in 1998. By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com Pawtucket native JASON PEREIRA, who is the director of Volleyball Operations for the Eastern Michigan University women's volleyball team, shows off the Mid- American Conference championship trophy after his team topped Miami University in the title match on Nov. 18. "I had no experience and I really wasn't a great athlete," Pereira said. "I tried out being a setter that year and an outside hitter. I thought I would give it a whirl. I had no expectations. It was just a new sport to learn." After his playing career ended when he graduated high school, Pereira got the itch to coach and went back to Shea. He spent some time as the assistant and junior var- sity coach before making his way up to take over the girls' program. "I really just wanted to turn the program around because it hadn't won more than one game in seven seasons," he said. "I wanted to Continues on next page Custom Finish or You Finish & Save Tables • Chairs • Entertainment Centers Stools • Hutches • Bookcases • Benches Corner Cabinets • Bedroom Sets • etc. 1661 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln, RI 725-0360 Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu & Fri 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. www.knockonwoodfurnitureri.com UNFINISHED & FINISHED FREE 4 PEG COAT BOARD With any purchase $20 Off any purchase of $100 or more With ad. One per order. Does not apply to sale items. Making a Difference in the Lives of Others 610 Smithfield Road North Providence, RI 02904 (401) 353-6300 Sub-Acute Rehabilitation, Long-term Care, Secure Dementia Care and Hospice Services Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy Private and Semi-Private Rehab Rooms Admissions 24 Hours ~ 7 Days per week We accept: Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Health, Neighborhood & Medicaid Hopkins Manor Park Place Congregational Church Advent Worship Service Each Sunday at 10 a.m. Pastors Bill McMillan & Wayne Patenaude THRIFT SHOP OPEN WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS 8:30a.m.-12:30 p.m. www.parkplaceucc.com 401-726-2800 71 Park Place (exit 27 off I-95), Pawtucket, Rhode Island Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship 5:45 p.m. Christmas Day Worship 10 a.m.

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