UAAP VOLLEYBALL: UE parts ways with men's, women's volleyball coaches

Mark Escarlote on Feb 23, 2018 02:45 PM
UE parts ways with men's, women's volleyball coaches
University of the East men's volleyball coach Sammy Acaylar (left) and women's mentor Francis Vicente resigned from their posts midway in the ongoing UAAP Season 80 tournament.

University of the East parted ways with its men’s and women’s volleyball head coaches midway in the ongoing UAAP Season 80 tournament.

Sammy Acaylar of the Red Warriors tendered his resignation Friday citing that he couldn’t commit full time with the school’s volleyball program because of his position as athletic director of University of Perpetual Help.

“Nakausap si sir (athletic director) Rod Roque. Sinabi ko sa kanya na I don’t like to be unfair sa UE. Naging totoo ako sa kanila na hindi ko talaga sila napupuntahan because of my work sa Perpetual as director,” Acaylar told ABS-CBN Sports.

Acaylar replaced Ruel Pascual but found it hard to focus on his work as UE mentor because of his position as athletic director and head coach of Perpetual’s men’s volleyball team.

Acaylar brought the Altas to its 11th NCAA crown Thursday in a series decider against Arellano University -- losing only one game the whole season.

But in the UAAP, Acaylar’s Red Warriors remain winless after five outings.

“Basta sa akin I have nothing against them, OK ako kay Sir Roque. Ang problema lang ay ako kasi I’m so busy,” said Acaylar, who is also the national men’s team head coach. “Ayoko yung napapabayaan (ko ang team). Kilala nyo namam ako na kung nahahwakan ko nag team, gusto ko ang maipapanalo. Paano ko sila maipapanalo kung lagi akong absent, di ba?”

"Tinanggap ko kasi 'yan noong hindi pa ako director noon. Eh noong naging director na ako naging busy na ako sa Perpetual," he added.

Roque will be the Red Warriors’ interim coach as they take on unbeaten Far Eastern University Saturday.

As for Vicente, he also resigned from his post according to a source privy of the matter.

Vicente, the women’ national team coach, took the rein in Season 77.

A multi-titled mentor in high school when he brought University of Sto. Tomas to numerous championships, discovered and honed today’s stars in Alyssa Valdez, Kim Fajardo, Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago, Vicente was not as lucky in the collegiate level.

In his four years with the Lady Warriors, Vicente only had two wins – both against Adamson University at the end of eliminations in Season 78 and one in their last first round match in Season 79.

Overall Vicente’s win-loss record with UE is 2-45, including five straight in Season 80.      



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