October 04, 2023

What's wrong with two volleyball coaching jobs? Ish Polvorosa defends Oliver Almadro from bashers

PVL/Spikers' Turf

"Sorry, but it’s unnecessary."

Imus-Ivy Tuason Photography setter Ish Polvorosa has had enough of the questions and criticism on whether coaches can handle several volleyball teams at a time, speaking about it in a tweet Monday afternoon.

He tweeted his thoughts after Petro Gazz Angels coach Oliver Almadro was asked over the weekend about balancing his time between his professional team and his collegiate squad, the Ateneo Blue Eagles women's volleyball team.

"I’m also getting sick and tired of these questions & bashing online," the setter tweeted. "Why don’t we just appreciate different systems and approaches implemented by various coaches in their teams and let’s see whose [sic] come out on top?"

"Sa execution pa rin naman nagkakatalo."

Almadro on Saturday rued why he was always asked about the balancing act, clarifying that both Petro Gazz and Ateneo are supporting him fully in his endeavors.

Fans on social media had raised questions regarding Almadro's move to Petro Gazz after he stepped down as the coach of the Choco Mucho Flying Titans in November. At that time, the Flying Titans management said he was going to focus on Ateneo.

"For the record, I don't have any problems with Ateneo. They are supporting me with everything I do," Coach O explained. "We have to secure our family, our finances. Kailangan natin i-share 'yung talent, ['yung] wisdom natin sa iba."

"'Yun na lang laging question, I don't know why. Talagang Ateneo supports me, Petro Gazz supports me. What more can you ask for from those two organizations that want to help me grow as a mentor and as a teacher?"

Almadro also pointed out that several coaches besides him are also handling multiple volleyball teams at a time. Almadro chose not to name names, but there are actually a handful of them.

Dante Alinsunurin Jr., for one, is coaching the National University (NU) men's volleyball team in the UAAP and in the Spikers' Turf, as well as the Choco Mucho Flying Titans in the PVL. He was also the tactician who led the men's national volleyball team to a silver medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, but was replaced after he accepted the Choco Mucho coaching job Alinsunurin had previously vacated.

Polvorosa's own coach, Sammy Acaylar, recently led the University of Perpetual Help Altas in winning the Philippine University Volleyball League (PUVL) against NU and is now handling Imus-Ivy Tuason.

Odjie Mamon, who replaced Alinsunurin as coach of the men's national volleyball team, is also the coach of the Cotabato Spikers in the Spikers' Turf.

Randy Fallorina is handling head coaching duties for the Army-Black Mamba Lady Troopers in the PVL while working as an assistant coach for the Philippine Army Troopers.

Shaq delos Santos, the tactician of the Cignal HD Spikers women's team, was also chosen to lead the University of the Philippines women's volleyball squad.

Taking the cake, though, would be Jessie Lopez, who works as an assistant coach for Alinsunurin in both NU and Choco Mucho. Oh, and he's also the setter for the Philippine Air Force Airmen.

No one, it seems, is questioning Mamon, Fallorina, and company for their concurrent coaching duties. Why should Alinsunurin be taking all that heat then?