De Jesus, Alinsunurin eyed to coach PH volleyball teams

Published February 18, 2021, 1:59 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Photo from UAAP

Philippine Volleyball Federation Inc.’s National Team Commission head Tony Liao is recommending veteran coaches Dante Alinsunurin and Ramil De Jesus to handle the men’s and women’s national teams.

Liao said this agenda would be discussed during the commission’s meeting next week, where they will also lay down guidelines for the selection process of national team members.

“It will all depend now if both coaches accept the nomination,” Liao said.

Alinsunurin was coach of the PH men’s squad that won the historic silver medal at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games while De Jesus has established a winning tradition both in the UAAP and Philippine Superliga.

Coach of the De La Salle Lady Spikers in more than two decades, De Jesus helped the Taft-based squad to 11 championships highlighted by three three-peats. He has molded talented players in Aby Maraño, Mika Reyes, Majoy Baron and Ara Galang, to name a few.

He has also coached the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers that won four titles in the Superliga.

The federation is determined to form a strong squad particularly in the women’s division to end the country’s medal drought in the SEAG.

The last time the PH women’s team won a medal was in the 2005 Manila edition, where it bagged bronze.