Bigyan din kami ng foreign exposure --- Gorayeb to LVPI

Mark Escarlote on Jun 20, 2015 04:14 PM
Bigyan din kami ng foreign exposure --- Gorayeb to LVPI
Mas maganda na yung mga coaches dito ang pupunta doon (sa ibang bansa) kasi yung confidence level ng mga local coaches mag-iiba --- national women's team coach Roger Gorayeb

Women’s national team coach Roger Gorayeb believes that though the idea of Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) to tap a foreign coach will help the country build a competitive squad, the sports association should also consider to give local tacticians international exposures.

LVPI president Joey Romasanta raised the possibility of a foreign coach during the national men’s and women’s teams stint in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, admitting that the Philippines is lagging behind other countries in terms of coaching technology due to its long absence in major international tournaments.

But Gorayeb, who steered the women’s team led by Alyssa Valdez to a 7th place finish in the Asian U-23 stint in Manila last month and in the PHI’s first SEA Games participation after 10 years of hiatus, said that it is more cost-effective if LVPI will bring Filipino coaches abroad to train and learn the newest coaching techniques in the international arena.    

“Pwedeng ganoon siguro (na kumuha ng foreign coach),” Gorayeb said. “Pero ako, iba kasi ang konspeto ko sa ganyan. Pwedeng yung player ang dalhin mo dun (sa ibang bansa) o yung mga local coaches na lang ang papuntahin mo doon tapos ibalik mo sila rito.”

“Mas ganoon ang takbo ng isip ko na ang mga coaches dito ang bigyan mo ng chance doon hindi yung coaches doon ang pupunta rito,” he added. “Mas maganda na yung mga coaches dito ang pupunta doon kasi yung confidence level ng mga local coaches mag-iiba.

“Kaysa yung mga foreign coaches anng pupunta rito tapos ikaw na isang sulok, tahimik ka lang sa kung anong gagawin.”

The Philippines is no stranger to foreign coaches especially in volleyball.

In fact, the last time that the country won a gold medal in the SEA Games back in 1993, also in Singapore, the Filipinas led by Thelma Barina, Nene Ybanez and Rosemarie Prochina were trained by Russian coach and Olympian Stanislav Lyugaylo. 

Lyugaylo was among the 10 foreign coaches hired by the Philippine Sports Commission under the leadership of Cecilio Hechanova in 1992. Also included in the elite circle of gurus was a Cuban named Raul Fernandez Liranza, who guided Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco to a silver-medal finish in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

"We should not be contented with what we have. Even our coaches need to be upgraded," said Romasanta, who is also a vice-president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). "There should always be new technologies para makasabay tayo sa ibang mga bansa. This is not just about hiring a foreign coach, this is about our local coaches learning something from them."

It was Ramon "Tats" Suzara, the Philippine Superliga president and chairman of the Marketing and Development committee of the Asian Volleyball Confederation, who raised the idea of a foreign coach, adding that he had already made some discussion to interested mentors and they were asking for a monthly salary of around $10,000.  

"We only need two years for a foreign coach to transfer his technique and technology to our young coaches," Suzara said. "In the past, we have tried Japanese, Russian and Korean coaches. Nowadays, most high level teams have either a Brazilian or an Italian coach."

"Brazilian and Italian coaches are the most effective these days for the national team because they are putting premium on spiking and blocking, something which our local coaches don't have. I'm sure we'll learn a lot from them."






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