And he’s back.
Just a few months after returning to the club ranks, Nes Pamilar will be more visible in the PH volleyball scene from this point on thanks to his UAAP return as he recently accepted the head coaching position for La Salle’s men’s volleyball team.
Now that expansion team Laoag has successfully exceeded expectations by barging into the semis of the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference, Pamilar is off to conquer new yet familiar heights when he starts calling the shots for the Green Spikers starting this July.
“Patapos na ang May nung tine-text nila ako kung interesado ako sa team. Pero kahapon (Tuesday) lang ako nakipagkita. Last week nagtetext sila tapos sabi ko sige pupunta ako at makikipag-usap ako,” he told FOX Sports.
“Nung time na papasok na ng semis (ang Laoag), dun pa lang ako nakipag-usap sa La Salle,” he added. “Tinanong ko muna kung ano ‘yung magiging status ng mga player kung sakali like recruitment or ‘yung mga magiging concern sa team. Meron naman silang mga plano.”
The last time the mentor was at the helm of a collegiate team was when he led the FEU Lady Tamaraws less than half-a-decade ago.
His stint in coaching continued in the club leagues where he made Cagayan Valley one of the best teams in the country with a historic 16-0 run in the Shakey’s V-League.
“Nakipag-usap lang ako nung alam kong bakante na ang posisyon kasi hindi ko naman ugali ‘yan na papasok ako or maga-apply ako. Para sa akin hindi maganda ‘yung ganun,” he said. “So nung talagang bakante na ‘yung position, sabi nila, ‘Wala kaming head coach. Kailangan namin ng head coach.’”
Before even considering the job offer, Pamilar, who is pretty much familiar with the usually messy transition from one coach to another, shared one of his first moves was to communicate with the former head coach of La Salle, Ron Dulay.
“Bago ako nakipag-usap sa kanila, kinausap ko ‘yung dating head coach. Tinext ko siya. Tinanong ko: ‘Anong balita sa La Salle?’ Tapos tumawag siya at sinabi niya sa akin na wala na siya dun,” recalled Pamilar. “Nung sinabing wala na siya dun, after two weeks bago pa ako nakipag-meeting kasi pinag-isipan ko din ng maige.”
Though down 0-1 in the best-of-three series against Air Force, Pamilar and the rest of his wards from Laoag are still in the hunt for a finals berth, proving that the coach still has what it takes to turn even a new team into a contender.
Talking about the deciding factor that pushed him to accept the offer, he shares: “Parang challenge ulit ito eh. Susubukan ko ulit mag coach ng UAAP. Sabi ko nga subukan ko at tignan ko kung pwede pa talaga.”
“Galing ako sa UAAP. Naglaro ako sa UAAP. ‘Yung pagbalik ko lang talaga (ang nilu-look forward ko),” he added. “Naging masaya ako na may nag offer na team na member ng UAAP. Kaya sabi ko, sige, magandang pagkakataon ito.”
With this recent development, Pamilar is set to be the counterpart of Ramil de Jesus who has turned La Salle’s women’s volleyball team into the powerhouse and dominant squad that it is today.
As it turns out, it will be a reunion for the two coaches who happen to be both alums of FEU.
“Sana magawa ko din sa men’s volleyball ng La Salle ang nagawa ni Ramil (de Jesus) sa women’s kasi unang una, bago napunta si Ramil sa La Salle magkasama kami eh. Sana ‘yung program maging maganda,” said the coach.
“Ang akin lang naman suporta lang. Kung masuportahan ako, mapapaganda natin ang volleyball dito,” he closed. — By Mac Dionisio