Adamson University is pulling out all the stops in its attempt to overhaul its women’s volleyball team by coming up with an all-star, all-woman coaching staff with former UST star Angge Tabaquero as the latest addition.
Tabaquero, a long-time coach of Poveda’s girls’ volleyball team, will be joining newly-installed head coach Airess Padda, Adamson homegrown talent Cherry Macatangay and former La Salle stalwart Michele Gumabao at the sidelines for the Lady Falcons in their bid to expedite the rebuilding process of the once-mighty team.
Though there are women playing vital roles in different collegiate teams as assistant coaches like Kat de Lara of UP and Lerma Giron of UE, it has been an all-male cast at the helm for quite some time now.
And for Tabaquero, it’s about time to give women a bigger part and a louder voice in the women’s division.
“Women are under-represented in big time college coaching: a fact which is true for women coaching women’s team,” she told FOX Sports.
“This time around, we are going to somehow break the trend. Gone are the days na ang coaching is for guys lang. We can also put up our own flag and women coaches matter in many ways,” she added.
This, though, the 2-time UAAP champ clarifies, is not a battle of who’s the better gender. The coaching coup, more than anything, shall serve as an inspiration as the San Marcelino crew breaks free from stereotypes.
“We are trying to change ‘yung societal stereotypes about gender leadership,” she said.
Tabaquero and the rest of the Adamson crew will have their hands full as some of the best coaches in the country like Roger Gorayeb of NU and Ramil de Jesus of La Salle still reign in the UAAP.
Nonetheless, the ladies will be up for the challenge.
“All-women coaching staff kami and I can say that we are tough enough to take on challenges. We aren’t just about glitter and glamour,” said the former national team captain.
And on this bold move attracting more women to give coaching a try, she adds: “Yes, we need more women as coaches not just in volleyball siguro I mean any sport, in every sport. It’s about time.”
Prior to Padda flying all the way from California to Manila to be at the helm of the Lady Falcons, Tabaquero was a solid candidate to take the post vacated by erstwhile Adamson lifer Sherwin Meneses.
Deeming herself not ripe enough for the post, the spiker politely declined a couple of months ago only to resurface and reconsider the offer, eventually saying yes to a supporting role.
“I was really honored and flattered na somehow naging option ako ng Akari for that spot but then again, UAAP is a big turf with seasoned and tough mentors,” she said matter-of-factly.
“Oo, I may have a ‘gun’ pero my bullets aren’t enough for this kind of battle and I don’t wanna come unprepared. Marami pa akong kailangan matutunan,” she added.
With a combined 16 years of volleyball experience both as a player and as a coach, Tabaquero is expected to help boost the Lady Falcons’ offense but more importantly, bring back their solid floor defense, a skill she has been known for since her days as a Tigress.
Having gone through the tough life of a student-athlete not too long ago, she hopes to connect and impart her experience with the revamped Adamson squad.
“I can say na I have enough experience para hugutan ng mga bagay na ipapasa sa young ones,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio