Longtime Lady Warriors team manager Eric Ty retires
Pocari Sweat team manager Atty. Eric Anthony Ty (far left) celebrates with the Lady Warriors after another conquest.
Winning their third straight crown was a bittersweet moment for longtime Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors team manager Eric Anthony Ty.
He saw the rise of the Federated Distributors Incorporated women’s volleyball club from a fledgling team into a successful powerhouse.
The Lady Warriors cemented a dynasty after ruling the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Thursday.
As the last of the colorful confetti fell inside the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan after another conquest, Ty, a lawyer by profession, approached ABS-CBN Sports together with a handful of reporters.
“Masayang-masaya ako na magre-retire ako na champion. Three-time champion,” he said while shaking hands and exchanging high fives to sports scribes.
FDI officially released a statement of Ty’s retirement Friday, parting ways with the energetic team manager who oversaw the squad for almost four years.
“After four years, team manager Atty. Eric Anthony B. Ty has elected to retire from active management of the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors effective today,” according to the statement. “During his time as team manager, Atty. Ty has overseen the transformation of Federated Distributors. Inc., club volleyball team formerly known as Mane ‘N Tail Lady Stallions from last placed team, into a solid competitor as Philips Gold Lady Slammers and finally into a three-time V-League champion – the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors.”
Ty built the team from scratch, recruiting stars and role players who complement each other to form a cohesive unit that can give other club teams a run for their money.
The squad debuted in the Philippine Superliga back in 2014 carrying the Mane ‘N Tail banner before changing its name to Philips Gold the following year.
With the recruitment of a young and powerful hitter in Myla Pablo to play alongside seasoned veterans Michele Gumabao and Mel Gohing, the Lady Slammers bagged a bronze medal in the PSL All-Filipino Conference and then another third place podium finish in the Grand Prix.
The franchise transferred to V-League in April 2016 and dominated the Open and Reinforced conferences before extending their reign in the PVL.
“I have been blessed to have the categorical support of the Tieng family for developing our volleyball program,” said Ty. “It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with a fantastic crop of players such as Myla, Mel and the rest of my beloved daughters in uniform. I look forward to simply attending the games as a simple fan.”
It was indeed an incredible journey for Ty, well-liked by scribes covering the beat for being an approachable team official and a passionate supporter of volleyball.
FDI has yet to announce Ty’s successor.