UST coach Kungfu Reyes finds deeper purpose through coaching
Mark Escarlote on May 20, 2020 05:05 PM
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
Teaching runs in the blood of Kungfu Reyes.
Born to a family of teachers, Reyes found a similar calling but in a different classroom.
In an episode of The Score’s Kalye Confessions, the University of Sto. Tomas women’s volleyball team head coach shared how he gets a sense of fulfilment as mentor and teacher to his players.
A former UST player himself, Reyes found a deeper purpose through coaching.
“Passion na ‘yun eh bukod sa pagiging military,” said the Army staff sergeant. “Kapag may extra time kami, may mga bata na pupunta ka sa school maglalaro tapos dun na kami magtuturo hanggang pumasok na katawan namin ‘yung dedication na talagang tyagain ang pagtuturo sa mga bata.”
“Kasi those things pwede ka magbago ng buhay through sports,” added Reyes, a physical education graduate.
In his 15-year coaching career, Reyes rose from a deputy role to becoming a fulltime coach of UST girls’ team to calling the shots for the Tigresses.
He helped the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Kim Fajardo, EJ and Eya Laure and Sisi Rondina grow into the stars they are today.
“’Yung teaching kasi ano na lang nasa katawan kasi ang tinapos ko rin, yung vocation ko, in line naman ako sa pagtuturo, di ko naman naalis sa katawan ‘yun,” said Reyes.
Reyes’ interest in teaching or coaching in his case, is an influence he got from his family.
“Siguro nasa dugo na kasi sa pamilya namin meron kaming… yung Tito ko teacher din, yung kuya ko teacher rin, yung younger sister ko nagtuturo rin,” he said.
Just like all dedicated teachers, a coach’s life also goes beyond the confines of a classroom or a gym.
“’Di natatapos yung trabaho paglabas namin ng school. Minsan mayroong mga late calls, may kailangang asikasuhin, may problema ang bata,” Reyes said.
“Sometimes personal problem, family problems tumutulong kami doon sa mga ganoong bagay,” he continued.
For Reyes, coaches play the role of mentor, father and friend to their players.
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