Former national coaches Sammy Acaylar and Francis Vicente loom as top choices to handle the national women’s team in two blockbuster tournaments this year — the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
According to Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) acting president Peter Cayco, Acaylar and Vicente, as well as Ateneo de Manila University men’s team coach Oliver Almadro, lead the roster of coaches eligible to call the shots for the National Team.
Cayco, who was tasked by the federation to assemble the team, said he would start interviewing the coaches about their plans and programs in the next two weeks.
“Coaching the National Team is a full-time job,” said Cayco, whose family owns the Arellano University. “We don’t care about his previous achievements or number of fans. All we want is for him to have time to run the national team program.”
Acaylar, part of the coaching staff when the Philippines last captured the gold medal in the SEA Games in 1993, is said to be a frontrunner after stepping down from Cignal in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) recently.
Same goes for Vicente, who is handling both Generika in the PSL and University of the East in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). He had expressed his desire to handle the team.
Aside from them, also included in the list are Almadro, Lerma Giron, Mac Gepuela, Marcelo Joaquin, Jason Gabales, Michael Inoferio, Bryan Esquibel, Raymund Castillo, Jeremiah Barrica, Ralph Dablo, Leovimo Rivera, Michael Santos, Roberto Javier, Carl Bryan Vitus, Richard Estacio, Ruel Pascual, Leonardo Toyco, Benjamin Mape, Michael Carino, Dexter Clamor and Alvin Dumalaog.
“These are the coaches included in the LVPI Coaches Commission. We will pick the head coach of the national team from this pool because they have the commitment and the time for the federation.”
RC Cola-Army coach Kungfu Reyes and F2 Logistics mentor Ramil de Jesus were also considered. They, however, begged off, but promised to support whoever will be picked.