MANILA, Philippines – It’s final: Tai Bundit will stay as head coach of the Ateneo de Manila University women’s volleyball team.
This, after Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ held long discussions with Bundit, the University Athletics Office, and the women’s volleyball team to hash out issues that threatened to break up a successful four-year partnership.
“The meetings have not been in vain since a number of valid concerns were raised and will be addressed systematically by the Ateneo de Manila. One important common denominator in these gatherings is what I saw to be the shared desire of both coach Tai and the Lady Eagles to apply themselves wholeheartedly to representing our school and doing their best to play for the championship,” Villarin said in a memo addressed to the Ateneo community.
“In view of all this, I am happy to announce that both Coach Tai and the Ateneo women’s team will continue to work together to make this season’s campaign successful,” he added.
Still, Villarin stressed that they must still work to address the concerns of the team, which he admits are “legitimate.”
“I am asking the Athletics Office to assist in addressing these concerns and to help in the healing process,” he said.
A source with knowledge of the situation initially informed ABS-CBN News that Bundit parted ways with Ateneo after a successful four year stint that includes four consecutive UAAP Finals appearances, and two women’s volleyball championships.
Bundit himself is on record saying he is quite tired of the drama surrounding the Ateneo Lady Eagles and does not want to return to the team.
However, things changed drastically after Bundit, together with Ateneo booster Tony Boy Liao, met with Villarin last week.
After the dramatic offseason, Bundit will try to spearhead an Ateneo squad that is reeling from the loss of key players, including star setter Jia Morado to graduation and star utility spiker Michelle Morente, who transferred to De La Salle University.
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