PVL: Adamson Falcons coach is a stickler for discipline

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 29, 2018 04:36 PM
PVL: Adamson Falcons coach is a stickler for discipline
Coach Domeng Custodio (standing third from right) and the Soaring Falcons, striking a wacky pose before the camera, are parading six rookies in their PVL Collegiate Conference lineup. They had a rousing debut last Saturday as they brought down the Arellano Chiefs, NCAA silver medalists, in four sets. (Photo by Stephanie Marie Baluyot)

Adamson University coach Domeng Custodio is a welcome aberration among majority of the Filipinos, who, in this age of the millennials, still can’t shake off their tardiness or habit of being late.

He says he always arrives at least two hours early for a meeting or an appointment. Like when he showed up at 7:30 a.m. for the 10 o’clock meeting called by the organizing Sports Vision for the participating teams in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League, ahead of any PVL personnel on another playing day of the league’s recently-concluded Reinforced Conference.    

“Ewan ko ba, hindi matanggap ng sikmura ko na male-late sa meeting o kahit ano iyon na kailangan ang presence ko,” he said while waiting for those who called that meeting last month and those other team representatives.

“Dinisiplina ako ng mga magulang ko na ‘wag na ‘wag male-late sa mga meeting o appointment para hindi makaperwisyo ng ibang tao. Okey na sa akin ang maghintay kesa ako ang hihintayin.”  

Thus, it’s easy to understand why a stronger sense of discipline pervades among the Soaring Falcons. Trust them to arrive ahead of their opponents when they have a game, for instance.   

That kind of discipline carries over from the athletes dorm to the classroom and on to the training and actual game. It is this that helps the Falcons become exceptional floor defenders and receivers, their trademark, year in and year out, and which also makes them pursue their studies to the end.    

“Mas nagagalit ako sa players ko kapag napapabayaan nila ang kanilang pag-aaral. Gagawa at gagawa ako ng paraan upang matupad ang pangako ko sa kanilang magulang na mag-aaral na mabuti ang kanilang mga anak at mag-uuwi ng diploma.”  

Always an interesting study when coaching his team, Coach Domeng is also winning votes for the Falcons because of his gregariousness and generosity.

He always arrives to the game bearing gifts, siomai or siopao or suman most of the time, for the TV crew, for the commentators, for Sports Vision’s bosses, and for the different groups working to stage the PVL.

“Hoy ano ka ba,” he called this writer’s attention, “bakit ako ang ini-interview mo, hindi ang mga players ko.”  

He really is that interesting.

Rookies Galore   

Of the newbies who were recruited from all over the country, the colorful coach was especially proud of libero Kevin Florendo, 19, of Bukidnon, in light of the veterans’ inconsistencies and proneness to errors during their first game against the Arellano Chiefs.  

Florendo was impressive with 22 digs.  

“Kayong mga beterano na, hindi ba kayo nahiya at itong bagong libero pa natin ang nagtrabaho nang husto,” coach Domeng was quoted as telling the old players at the locker room. “Laging siya ang humahabol sa bolang hinahayaan nyo lang na bumagsak sa sahig.”    

The Chiefs’ fierceness throughout the game kept the Falcons on their toes all the time so that coach Doming, much against his wishes, was not able to utilize all his rookies for whom, he said, he has great hopes.     

Besides Florendo, joining the Falcons for the first time are 6 foot 3, 18-year old Jadewin Gudoy from Sarat, Ilocos Norte; 20-year old Geoffrey Alicando from Ormoc, Leyte; 5 foot 11 Japen Jan Pinarfrom Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; 20-year old Jesus Valdez from San Juan City; and 18-year old Dencel Lacerna from Lucena City.    

Others on the team are go-to-guy Paolo Pablico, who sizzled with 30 points in their first game, Leonard Franz Amburgo, Royce Bello, Carlo Jimenez, Jesus Valdez, Mark Alvarez, John Phillip Nuguid and George Labang.

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