Coach Tai is still with Ateneo -- Ateneo president Fr. Villarin
There has been talks about the Ateneo women’s volleyball team and the status of coach Tai. I would like to inform everyone that coach Tai is still with the team -- Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin
Tai Bundit will remain as head coach of Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles.
Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin S.J. posted on his Facebook account Monday that the four-year Thai mentor will retain his post as the Lady Eagles prepare for the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament set early next year.
Team manager Tony Boy Liao on Sunday confirmed that Bundit, who handled for the Lady Eagles for four seasons and steered the Katipunan-based squad to four straight championship appearances including back-to-back titles in Season 76 and 77, was asked by the school’s athletics department to not report anymore as head coach of the team.
He cited that the team has been dealing with internal problems for quite some time with some players complaining about Bundit’s ‘difficult’ training program and limited playing time now.
Villarin met with Bundit and representatives of the school’s athletics office Monday morning to talk and iron out the team’s issues.
“There has been talks about the Ateneo women’s volleyball team and the status of coach Tai. I would like to inform everyone that coach Tai is still with the team,” according to Villarin’s post.
“In fact, I just had a meeting with coach Tai and our athletics people this morning. And I will soon be meeting with our players,” he added.
Villarin in his post admitted that there are problems within the team but they are working to resolve these issues.
“I must acknowledge though that there are issues within the team, as in all teams, and these will require some time to resolve,” said Villarin.
“On behalf of the Ateneo de Manila, I appeal to your patience and understanding as we try to resolve these internal issues,” he added. “I also appeal your better sense to refrain from any speculation or spreading of falsehood that may besmirch the reputation of our fine players, our good coach and our school.”
Villarin added that he will “issue a formal statement to inform everyone of the outcome of our efforts to resolve this as soon as possible.”
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