Coach Diaz says FEU wins over prospective player’s parents with promise their children would finish studies
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 06, 2017 04:37 PM
The Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference is the first major tournament the Far Eastern University Tamaraws are taking part in prior to their next UAAP campaign in January, according to coach Rei Diaz Jr. (second from right, back row).
Coach Rey Diaz Jr., if he is allowed to, would talk non-stop about Far Eastern University’s “good volleyball program.”
The Morayta-based school, he says, not only trains its student-athletes to reach their maximum potential in the playing field; it also sees to it that they dutifully attend their classes and eventually bring home diplomas.
“No matter how long it takes him, the athlete will have to finish his course,” says Diaz. “Even if he has already graduated from the UAAP and not from his studies, he still keeps his scholarship and is allowed to stay in the athletes dorm. He may even take two courses for free.”
The FEU management, according to the former Tamaraw and Sports Management graduate, frowns upon giving recruits huge bonus money.
“Rather, we go out of our way to see their parents and explain to them that should their sons or daughters go to FEU, we will guarantee their graduation from college.
Thus was how Diaz recruited the three rookies in their lineup for the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. These are Jeremiah Barrica from Dipolog, Ralph Dablo from Bukidnon, and Salmar from Iloilo.
UAAP graduate Greg Dolor, a former Spikers’ Turf MVP, is still studying on scholarship and staying in the athletes quarters.
Dolor is a hard act to follow, claims Diaz. “His graduation created a big hole on the team, he being a versatile player who can play open, middle, utility and back spiker with power and uncanny precision.”
The statement is a veritable admission that not one among those Dolor left behind could singlehandedly fill his shoes.
“To remedy the situation I assign Dolor’s specific skills to different persons. One or two have been training solely as open attackers, another two as middle blockers, and still another as utility spikers.”
Since finishing in the Final Four in last season’s UAAP, Diaz said they have not joined any tournament, major or minor, so the players could train together longer.
Unlike other UAAP member schools, FEU did not loan out anyone of its UAAP-eligible players for the same reason.
Making up the FEU Tamaraws are Jeremiah Barrica, Richard Solis, Kris Cian Silang, Owen Suarez, Rikko Marmeto, Jude Garcia, John Paul Bugaoan, Christian Detablan, Redijohn Paler, Ralph Dablo, John Paul Salabsab, Raymond Bautista, Salmar Provido, and Peter Quiel.
Team manager, Florentino Santos; head coach, Rei Diaz Fr.; assistant coach, Eddieson Orcullo; trainer Ferdinand Manalon; and trainer/therapist, Ronchette Villegas.