Bulldog Update: Priscilla Pacheco Tallman
Nov. 16, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – Priscilla Pacheco Tallman (formally Priscilla Pacheco) came to the University of Georgia volleyball program from her hometown of Austin, Texas, when she was just 16 years old.
An All-State and All-American selection out of Westwood High, Pacheco instantly made an impact as an outside hitter on the Georgia volleyball team after arriving in Athens. After such a dominant freshman campaign in which she started every match and averaged 4.26 kills per game, Pacheco was named SEC Freshman of the Year in 1991.
While many factors played a role in Pacheco’s decision to attend Georgia, perhaps none were more important than the people she came in contact with during her recruiting process.
“I had a chance to meet and train with (former Georgia head volleyball coach) Jim Iams at some elite camps, and I really liked the intensity and style of coaching he had,” said Pacheco. “I had also met Jodi Kruse at one of these camps, so when I took my visit and recognized her and Ashley Cooke on my future team, I knew this would be a fit for me. But, seeing North Campus in the fall sealed the deal for me!”
Pacheco continued to build upon a strong freshman season by leading the SEC in kills during her sophomore campaign. In a Georgia victory over LSU in 1992, she tied the school record for kills in a match with 38. At the conclusion of her sophomore year, she owned over 1,100 kills, and by her junior season, she had passed the SEC career attacks record and became the first AVCA All-American in Georgia volleyball history.
Pacheco led the nation with 754 kills during her junior season in 1993, and her efforts on the court helped guide the Bulldogs to one of the most successful seasons in school history as the team finished 29-6 while advancing to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Despite all of the success that Pacheco enjoyed on the volleyball court at Georgia, the majority of her favorite memories come from time spent with teammates off the court.
“The road trips were so much fun,” said Pacheco. “I remember one time we had a breadstick eating contest at Olive Garden. We got in really big trouble and were not allowed to eat there for more than a year!”
Pacheco shined on the court during her senior season in 1994, as she was named an AVCA All-American for the second consecutive season and SEC Player of the Year for the first time in her career. The Austin, Tex., native broke the NCAA record for kills in a match with 53 in a win against Kentucky, and she led the nation in kills with a total of 785 on the year.
Additionally, Pacheco rounded out her career by earning SEC Tournament MVP honors and a fourth-consecutive selection to the AVCA All-South Region team. She was also named an SEC All-Tournament and All-SEC selection for the third straight year.
Pacheco graduated from Georgia in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and eventually went on to earn her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She worked as a marriage and family therapist intern for three years in Costa Mesa, Calif., before moving out to Arizona, where she currently resides with her husband, Richard.
After moving to Arizona, Pacheco took up writing for a local fashion magazine based out of Newport Beach, Calif. She put her writing career on hold temporarily when she and Richard welcomed their two children, Joaquin (4 ½ years old) and Lyncoln (18 months), but she would like to get back into freelance writing soon.
“My degree at Georgia laid a foundation for my post-graduate education,” noted Pacheco. “Both of my degrees, along with my experience at a private counseling practice, helped me to become a better writer.”
Even though Pacheco moved away from Athens and began a career outside of volleyball, she still reflects fondly upon the ways in which her experiences at Georgia helped shape her life today.
“It really has just touched every area,” said Pacheco. “From meeting my husband (who was a National Volleyball Champion at Long Beach State), to meeting other friends, to staying connected through alumni groups and getting to be a part of the Circle of Honor. It’s just meant so much. I’m excited to share all of this with my kids when they are old enough to understand it.”
Pacheco finished her career at Georgia with 2,675 kills, which ranked third all-time in NCAA record books at the time and first in SEC history. She played in 139 matches during her four years in Athens and led the Bulldogs to an NCAA Tournament appearance each season.
Also included on Pacheco’s illustrious athletic resume are spots on the US Olympic Volleyball Festival team in 1993, the US National team in 1994 and the World University Games team in 1995.
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