UAAP 80 Women's Volleyball: Pons, Atienza being tapped for FEU coaching roles?

Pons, Atienza being tapped for FEU coaching roles?
What's next for graduating FEU Lady Tamaraws Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza?

When asked what was next for Bernadeth Pons, the graduating Lady Tamaraw hinted at assuming a role on the sidelines for Far Eastern University.

“Di ko pa alam, basta nandiyan lang ako, tutulong ako pero hindi ko alam kung magiging part pa ako ng coaching staff.” Pons said after their UAAP Season 80 Women’s Volleyball Finals game two loss to champions De La Salle University, Wednesday afternoon at the Araneta Coliseum.

Later on during the media scrum, first-year FEU Head Coach George Pascua took the liberty of saying that he wanted to have Pons on the Lady Tamaraws’ coaching staff next season.

“Ina-announce ko na, kukunin ko syang coaching staff sa FEU. Promise yun. Sa coaching kasi, kailangan mo ng matinding motivation sa mga players lalo na ngayon sa nangyari, second kami, pero syempre yung responsibility nyan hindi ganung kadali.”

Pascua added that Pons’ leadership played a vital part in FEU’s Season 80 Finals run, and having her on the sidelines is a way to preserve that success and hopefully someday bring home another title to Morayta.

“Hindi pwedeng galing ka dito, pababa. Mas tataas ka dapat. Hindi siya ganung kadali para trabahuhin. Syempre kailangan namin ng isang Pons.”

Pascua then mentioned that graduating libero Kyla Atienza was also being tapped to be part of the coaching staff for the FEU juniors volleyball team.

While Pons and Atienza maintained that they have yet to commit to the offered coaching roles, the two are honored to be given the trust to be part of the coaching staff.

“Nakaka-overwhelm kasi ‘yun nga may tiwala si coach sa amin na para ilagay kami sa coaching staff pero sabi ko nga hindi talaga ako sure kung magcocommit ako pero tutulong pa ako sa FEU, pero hindi ako sure kung magcocommit ako pero ang sure ko is tutulong talaga ako.” said Pons.

“Nakaka-overwhelm na [kahit] hindi na kami part ng team, bibigyan kami ng tiwala ng management pati ng mga coach na makatulong,” added Atienza.

Pascua continued that tapping Pons and Atienza for possible coaching positions is a way to keep the two part of the success that they aspire to achieve, taking off from Season 80’s success.

“Sa akin kasi, gusto namin ma-involve, ma-feel din nila, kasi next year syempre ang next target namin mag-champion. Para hindi man sila nag-champion as a player, matikman nila as a coaching staff. Ibig sabihin part pa rin sila ng team na trinabaho nila, na inumpisahan nila, hindi man as a player pero as a coach.”

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