Player-turned-head coach had baptism of fire in PVL

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 05, 2017 10:55 AM
Player-turned-head coach had baptism of fire in PVL
Coach Renz Mauro Ordonez with Instituto Estetico Manila Phoenix Volley Master Rudy Gatdula, one of the few IEM veterans he trusted with more playing time in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, an event involving Sports Vision as organizer, Asics as official league partner, and Mikasa as official game ball. (Photo by Nante Azores)

An original member of volleyball-crazy Instituto Estetico Manila, Renz Ordonez, 28, and a father of one, hung his playing shoes in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference to sit on the Phoenix Volley Masters bench as first-time head coach.

IEM club owner and manager Dr. Reyvic Cerilles observed that coach Ordonez had taken two moves that greatly pleased him even if the team failed to make the Top Four.

“Coach Renz gave the few veterans retained on the team more playing time, more exposure which unfailingly boosted their confidence,” said Dr. Cerilles, who himself opted out of the team to give way to new IEM members chosen from a series of tryouts. “More importantly, he exacted discipline where it was needed. You remember he barely used one of our key players during a crucial game that we could have won simply because that player had skipped the last practice.”

The popular cosmetic surgeon said Ordonez’ coaching style would serve IEM in the long run. “We will return in the PVL next year, with him still as head coach.”

“I am happy that I gained the trust of Dr. Cerilles as his new coach,” said Ordonez. “I’m both thankful and excited that I will still coach IEM in the PVL next year. My only wish is for the club owner to have us train early. We had only a week to prepare for the Open Conference.”

Six-foot-one Rudy Gatdula, a long-time IEM campaigner, was a direct beneficiary of Ordonez’s style of coaching, which rewards those who train hard and who attend practice religiously with playing time however short and with longer exposure should they happen to do exceedingly well during a game.

Sparingly used in his previous stints in commercial volleyball with Cagayan Valley first in the defunct Spikers’ Turf in 2015 and with IEM in the next two years, the former Letran player discovered from Gov. Ferrer Memorial National High School in Gen. Trias, Cavite, got what he always wished for under the IEM mentorship of Ordonez.

“It built my confidence one step at a time whenever coach Renz sent me to the court,” Gatdula said in Filipino. “That he didn’t pull me out even if I committed one or two errors made me strive to better myself. I like to think my PVL exposure this time had considerably raised my game.”

A BSBA operations management graduate, Gatdula, whose younger brother Bobby is also playing for Letran now, works as one of two clinic managers of IEM cosmetic surgery and ear, nose and throat clinic in Magallanes Village.


Meralco office frontliner

Renz Ordonez at the Meralco branch in Sampaloc, Manila.

Off the court on weekdays Renz Mauro Ordonez, as one of the frontliners of the consumer service section of the Meralco branch in Sampaloc, Manila, receives myriads of complaints from consumers and serves notices of power disconnection, among other things.

With him in the same department being swallowed by voluminous paperwork every working day are officemates and fellow volleyball players Erickson Joseph Ramos of Cignal Tv and libero Jen Reyes.

After sharing three high school and another three collegiate championships for Letran in the NCAA under coach Nes Pamilar, Ordonez moved to join the Letran and IEM bench as assistant coach. He coached Meralco next for two years and was at once taken in as a regular employee when he applied for a job in the giant utility firm.

He has been working as a customer service frontliner of Meralco for three years now. It was he who recruited Ramos on the Meralco squad and as a probationary customer service employee.

Volleyball, said Ordonez, has opened many doors to him and he picked the one leading to his present job.

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