June 25, 2024

Collegiate Press Corps to honor 7 outstanding coaches at annual awards night

Collegiate Press Corps to honor 7 outstanding coaches at annual awards night
Seven top collegiate coaches will be awarded during the CPC's Award Night on June 17. | Photo (c) Collegiate Press Corps

The Collegiate Press Corps (CPC) will honor seven of the top collegiate coaches, including first-ever awardees from volleyball and women’s basketball, at its annual Awards Night presented by San Miguel Corporation at Discovery Suites Manila in Ortigas on June 17.

Following UAAP Season 86 and NCAA Season 99, the CPC has added five more recipients to its prestigious Coach of the Year Awards, which is traditionally dominated by men’s basketball coaches.

Haydee Ong from the University of Santo Tomas will be recognized as the UAAP Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year (COTY) after leading the Growling Tigresses to their first UAAP title in 16 years, ending the National University Lady Bulldogs' seven-year reign.

For the first time, the CPC will also honor outstanding volleyball coaches from both collegiate leagues in a grand ceremony supported by Discovery Suites as the official venue partner and Jockey as a minor sponsor.

In the UAAP, National University’s Dante Alinsunurin will be named Men’s Volleyball COTY for leading the Bulldogs to a four-peat following a sweep of the UST Golden Spikers in the finals.

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Norman Miguel will receive the UAAP Women’s Volleyball COTY award for guiding the Lady Bulldogs back to championship glory after a previous defeat to De La Salle University, sweeping the Golden Tigresses in the process.

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In the NCAA, Sammy Acaylar of Perpetual Help will be honored as Men’s Volleyball COTY for leading the Altas to an 11-0 sweep and their fourth consecutive title in NCAA Season 99.

Jerry Yee will be named NCAA Women’s Volleyball COTY for orchestrating the College of St. Benilde’s three-peat, highlighted by an ongoing winning streak of over 40 matches.

In the traditional awards, Topex Robinson will be celebrated as UAAP Men’s Basketball COTY for leading La Salle to the Season 86 title, ending a seven-year drought by defeating the University of the Philippines.

Yuri Escueta, on the other hand, will be recognized as NCAA Men’s Basketball COTY after guiding San Beda to the Season 99 championship.

Escueta and the Red Lions achieved the improbable by winning the tournament as underdogs, triumphing over Mapua in the finals.