SEASONED volleyball coach Ron Dulay rarely talked. As a tactician, he liked staying in the background.
But his serene attitude has become a comfortable silence for the players and teams he’s been with.
On Tuesday morning, as the news about his passing circulated, Dulay’s closest colleagues, friends, and mentees took their devastation to social media.
Television personality and former University of the Philippines player Jed Montero was the first to post, announcing the veteran coach’s death.
“Coach Ron, thank you for making me strong emotionally, mentally & physically in my volleyball career. Sa’yo lang ako umiyak na coach kasi lagi mo [ako] pinapagalitan, we had our love-hate relationship pero late ko na narealize na ‘yun pala ways mo para patibayin dibdib ko sa paglalaro,” she wrote on her post.
Of course, from the storied Ateneo Lady Eagles batch that made it to the Final Four in Season 70 (their first time ever), Charo Soriano and Jem Ferrer tweeted:
Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraw’s head coach, good friend, and former teammate in FEU, George Pascua also weighed in:
National Team assistant coach and also former teammate in FEU Dong Dela Cruz posted a gallery of photos as tribute for his colleague.
Former NCAA players Entezar Bangcola and Yvette Tongco wrote long messages bidding farewell to the mentor: