Acaylar, Vicente, Almadro lead candidates for PH volleyball coach as De Jesus begs off
Sammy Acaylar, Francis Vicente and Oliver Almandro are among the candidates for the head-coaching position of the Philippine women's volleyball team.

SAMMY Acaylar, Francis Vicente and Oliver Almadro head the list of candidates for coach of the women’s national team to the AVC Asian Women’s Seniors tournament and the 29th Southeast Asian Games.

According to Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) acting president Peter Cayco, the three former national team coaches are fully qualified for the job.

Acaylar, currently handling the University of Perpetual Help women's team, was part of the coaching staff when the Philippines last won the gold medal in the 1993 SEA Games.

Vicente, who mentors the University of the East women's team, was the head coach of the national squad for the 2015 AVC Asian Women’s Seniors while Almadro, coach of the Ateneo men's volleyball team, called the shots in the 2015 SEA Games.

Cayco, who is also set to name a coach for the men's national team, said he will immediately start to interview the coaches regarding their plans for the team.

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Other candidates on the list include Lerma Giron, Mac Gepuela, Marcelo Joaquin, Jason Gabales, Michael Inoferio, Bryan Esquibel, Raymund Castillo, Jeremiah Barrica, Raplh Dablo, Leovimo Rivera, Michael Santos, Roberto Javier, Carl Bryan Vitus, Richard Estacio, Ruel Pascual, Leonardo Toyco, Benjamin Mape, Michael Carino, Dexter Clamor and Alvin Dumalaog.

“These are the coaches included in the LVPI coaches commission," said Cayco. "We will pick the head coach of the national team from this pool because they have the commitment and the time for the federation.”

Meanwhile, RC Cola-Army coach Kungfu Reyes and F2 Logistics mentor Ramil de Jesus were also considered but they begged off. However, they promised to support whoever will be picked.

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