More than a coach, Pamilar is a father to all his players

Mark Escarlote on Jan 16, 2019 06:09 PM
More than a coach, Pamilar is a father to all his players
Nes Pamilar will always be remembered as a father figure to all the players he handled during his colorful coaching career.

A father figure.

This is how players remember the multi-titled and legendary coach Nes Pamilar, who passed away Saturday due to heart failure. He was 52.

Pamilar’s dedication to the sport and his craft goes beyond the volleyball court, making an indelible mark to athletes whose lives he had touched during his colorful coaching career.

“Si Coach Nes po hindi lang siya naging coach sa amin, naging tatay din siya sa aming lahat,” said University of the East’s Judith Abil, who played for Pamilar’s club team Tacloban in the Premier Volleyball League. 

Former Arellano University hitter Jovielyn Prado was just thankful for the trust given to her by the amiable mentor.

“Siya po ang pinakauna naming naging coach sa commercial league,” said Prado. “Siya ang naging way namin para makapasok kami sa liga na mas nabibigyan ng chance na makapasok ‘yung mga nasa UAAP kumpara sa aming nasa NCAA. Kumbaga malaking chance ang pagtitiwala niya sa amin.”

Pamilar’s long-time deputy Ariel Dela Cruz said that the mentor even in failing health never wavered in his passion for the sport. 

“Eighteen years kaming nagsama, since 2001 until the end of his life,” said dela Cruz, who was recruited by Pamilar to play for Letran High School back in 2001.

Dela Cruz helped Pamilar give Letran three high school titles and a three-peat in the men’s division.

“Talagang yun na ang pinakamasakit sa akin kasi bago siya dalhin sa ospital ako ang kausap niya. Kumbaga ako ‘yung huling kausap niya na player. Marami siyang ipinagbilin,” said dela Cruz, who was Pamilar’s assistant coach in two-time V-League champion Cagayan Valley Lady Rising Suns, Laoag, Power Smashers, Tacloban, De La Salle University men’s team and for San Beda University Red Spikers.

“Siguro ako masasabi ko talaga na he’s a father sa volleyball,” he added. “Hanggang sa huling hininga niya hindi niya pinabayaan ang volleyball. ‘Yung pagmamahal niya sa volleyball hindi lang 100% more than 150% pa yung pagmamahal niya sa volleyball.”

Far Eastern University players Kyle Negrito and Heather Guino-o, who played for Tacloban, remembered the genuine care and generosity of Pamilar to his players.    

“Grabe rin yung tiwala na binigay niya sa amin nung naglalaro kami sa kanya,” said Negrito of the mentor who gave FEU its last women’s title in the UAAP 11 years ago.

“Halos yung pinakita niya sa amin ni Ate Kyle na sobra niya kaming winelcome na ramdam na ramdam namin talaga na kung paano siya mag-alaga sa isang player,” added Guino-o. Sinasabihan niya kami na ipakita namin kung ano talaga yung kaya namin tsaka yung mga simpleng bagay na binibigay niya sa amin na parang hindi na niya dapat obligasyon na ibigay sa amin pero binibigay niya pa rin.”

San Beda skipper Angelo Michael Torres saw how Pamilar fought through pain and ill health just to be by the team’s side during their NCAA campaign.

“Siyempre worst ‘yung naramdaman namin, lahat kami na-down, lahat kami nalungkot,” he said. “Sabi naman ni coach Nes sa amin ‘yung sakit na nararamdaman niya nilalabanan niya ng nilalabanan para lang makapunta sa amin.”

For Lady Red Spikers coach Nemesio Gavino, Pamilar’s love for volleyball influenced him to pursue a coaching career.

“Para sa akin nalungkot ako kasi naging mentor ko siya, naging coach ko siya,” said Gavino, who played for Pamilar for one year in Letran before transferring to San Beda. “Isa siya sa mga maraming na-contribute sa volleyball dito sa Pilipinas.”

For San Beda women’s team skipper Cesca Racraquin, she will never forget the smile on Pamilar’s face whenever he visits the team during training.

“’Pag nasasalubong mo siya talagang smiling face siya na ‘Hi. Hello! Hello!’ Ganyan. Nakakagood vibes siya kasi magaling na coach siya tapos pinapansin kami tapos binibigyan kami ng time din,” she said. “Nakaka-sad sobra nu’ng nalaman namin na pumanaw na si coach Nes.”  

Pamilar may have passed away but his legacy and contribution to Philippine volleyball will live on.

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