Acaylar steps down as Sta. Lucia coach

Acaylar steps down as Sta. Lucia coach
Because ‘di na talaga kaya ng schedule ko and para maging fair sa company na may maging head coach na sila na makaka-attend sa practice -- Sammy Acaylar

Multi-titled mentor Sammy Acaylar resigned from his post as head coach of Sta. Lucia, citing conflict with his already full schedule just weeks before the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix unfurls on October 21.

Acaylar said that he had to give up the position to be fair with the management, considering that he’s already calling the shots for the men’s national team while handling the men’s and women’s volleyball squads of the University Perpetual Help in the NCAA, which will open on November, and University of the East’s men’s team in the UAAP.

He also holds the post as athletic director of Perpetual Help, consuming most of his time managing and monitoring the school’s athletic program as well as attending meetings and overseeing the preparation of the school’s hosting of the 94th season of the NCAA next year.

“Because ‘di na talaga kaya ng schedule ko and para maging fair sa company na may maging head coach na sila na makaka-attend sa practice,” said Acaylar.

The mentor said that as Perpetual’s athletic director, his duties with the Las Pinas-based squad require most of his time and presence, making him unavailable for the Lady Realtors’ daily practice in Cainta. 

“Na-promote ako sa Perps as a deputy of sports/athletic director. Ang practice ng Sta. Lucia is everyday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm sobrang conflict sa schedule ko,” said Acaylar, who was trusted by school owner Brigadier General Antonio Tamayo to strengthen Perpetual’s athletic program.

“Ako kasi gusto ko rin i-focus ‘yung sarili ko sa mga responsibilies na ibinigay sa akin ni Gen. Tamayo and very thankful ako sa tiwala niya,” he said. 

“Pina-focus kasi ako (ng Perpetual) para mapaayos sports program namin lalo na sa basketball team at host kami sa NCAA next year at pinaghandaan din namin na mapaayos ung gym ng Perps into a coliseum,” he added. “Kaya ayaw kong maging unfair sa Sta. Lucia.”

He bade farewell to the Lady Realtors on September 26 and formally tendered his courtesy resignation to the management on Monday. The squad has yet to name a new head coach, but Acaylar recommended his assistant Macky Carino as interim mentor. 

“Thankful ako sa tiwala na ibinigay sa akin ng Sta. Lucia company. But again, ayaw kong maging unfair sa tiwala na ibinigay nila dahil di ako maka-commit fully as head coach dahil sa ibang schedule ko,” Acaylar said.

Acaylar will be leaving behind a solid team that he whipped into a contender with Lady Realtors rising stars Filipino-American MJ Philips and Rebecca Rivera as well as Djanel Cheng, Janine Navarro and Lourdes Clemente as vital cogs.

For the import-laden conference, Sta. Lucia tapped national team members Marisa Field and Kristen Moncks of Canada and Slavina Koleva of Bulgaria.



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