Sherwin Meneses’s decision to resign as head coach of the Adamson Lady Falcons midway through Season 78 marks the end of an era in the embattled squad’s history.
Though Meneses has been at the helm of the San Marcelino crew for only 4 years, the 34-year-old coach has been with the institution for 17 years, including his years as a student-athlete and as an assistant coach to Dulce Pante.
And for former Adamson star Angela Benting, she would not have made a name for herself as one of the best spikers during her prime if not for the intense training under Meneses’s tutelage.
“Sobrang laki ng tulong niya sa akin at sobrang laki ng utang na loob ko sa kanya at sa Adamson,” Benting told FOX Sports.
“Super hands-on siya sa amin at sa kanya ko lang naramdaman na may mailalabas ka pa kahit feeling mo ubos ka na,” she added. “Minsan mag one-on-one pa kami na ang tingin mo sa kanya demonyo na pero na-absorb mo lahat ng turo niya kasi nakikita mo talaga ‘yung effort niya.”
On Thursday, Meneses officially submitted his letter of resignation, citing differences between the coaching staff and the management/sponsor as his main decision driver.
According to the outside hitter, this was news that did not surprise her at all.
“Hindi na ako nagulat sa nangyari na nag-resign si coach. Hindi naman kami nawawalan ng connection niyan kahit ilang taon pa kami hindi magkita,” shared one of Adamson volleyball program’s best produce.
“Nakakalungkot lang kasi nandun ‘yung paghihirap niya sa mga players. Buong buhay niya binigay niya sa Adamson,” she added.
There should be no regrets, however, according to Benting, for she believes her former mentor did the right thing in letting go and moving forward.
“Sa tingin ko tama naman ang desisyon niya,” she said. “Mabuti nang hindi niya pinatagal para magka-peace of mind siya at less stress na.”
“Let’s just hope na may pagbabagong mangyayari alang alang sa Adamson University,” continued the diminutive spiker who is now working and sometimes playing for club team PLDT Home Ultera.
Asked for a message for the Lady Falcons, who will be pushing through the rest of the season without Meneses, she simply wished them luck and asked the girls to understand their coach’s decision.
“Hirap magsalita kasi nafi-feel ko ang nararamdaman ng mga bata ngayon,” she shared.
“Siguro respetuhin na lang nila ang naging desisyon ni coach kasi wala naman na magagawa at ituloy nila paglalaro para sa school at para na din sa sarili nila,” Benting closed. — By Mac Dionisio