Hindi na ako babalik -- Gorayeb on NU coaching position
Mark Escarlote on May 04, 2017 10:11 PM
I'M OUT: Multi-titled coach Roger Gorayeb part ways with National University
Roger Gorayeb formally severed his ties with National University in a sour parting of ways.
The multi-titled mentor told reporters Thursday that he will not return to his post in the Lady Bulldogs for next UAAP season.
He tendered a courtesy resignation last month after NU failed to advance in the UAAP women’s volleyball Final Four for the second straight year.
“Wala na, wala na” he said when asked by reporters if he’ll be back for a third season with NU.
Gorayeb was fuming mad when he revealed that NU girl’s volleyball team coach Babes Castillo was the one who wanted to take his post. Castillo led the Lady Bullpups to three straight titles.
“Hindi ako babalik unless aalisin nila ‘yan. Eh aalisin ba naman nila yan?” said Gorayeb.
According to Gorayeb right from the moment he assumed NU’s position in Season 77, Castillo has been gunning for his post.
The two crossed paths in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference with Gorayeb coaching BaliPure and Castillo as an assistant coach for Pocari Sweat.
Gorayeb’s Water Defenders waylaid the winless Lady Warriors, 25-23, 25-22, 25-14, for their third straight win at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
What was supposed to be a normal postgame interview turned into a war front with Gorayeb unleashing his wrath.
“Nandoon sa kanila ang pinakamagaling na coach eh. Dapat gawan niya ng paraan ‘yan,” his answer when asked about Pocari Sweat’s struggles.
That triggered an even scathing rant from Gorayeb.
“Dapat gawan niya ng paraan. Andun siya eh. Siya daw ang pinakamagaling na coach sa Pilipinas eh. Sila Ramil de Jesus malayo daw sa level niya,” Gorayeb said. “Ang ka-level niya kasi si ano lang, si Tai Bundit, pero hindi raw mananalo sa kanya yan eh.”
On his way out of the media room he shot a few expletives against Castillo and Pocari Sweat’s team manager.
Outside of the dugout, Gorayeb poured his anger with some more expletives and even shouted that he’ll take on Castillo anytime mano y mano in a fistfight.
Castillo, who was inside the dugout of the Lady Warriors the whole time, vehemently denied all of Gorayeb’s allegations.
“I don't even know that I'm the coach of the NU Women's Team. I am the coach of Girl's Team. I'm not the coach of the Women's Team. No one's asking me,” he said.
“We don't have a professional relationship,” Castillo added. “I don't work for him, he doesn't work for me. We work for the same company.”
The Lady Bulldogs will be under a new management next season after the exodus of Gorayeb's whole coaching staff and the management team.
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