ATENEO coach Anusorn ‘Tai’ Bundit has left for Thailand last Sunday but will return to lead the Lady Eagles in the forthcoming Shakey’s V-League Season 11 set to start on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
Team manager Tonyboy Liao said Bundit will still be the head coach of Ateneo for the V-League tournament after leading the Lady Eagles to their first-ever UAAP women’s championship over the weekend.
Liao, however, said there is still no certain date on when Bundit will return for the V-League.
“Umalis (noong Sunday) pero wala pang kasiguraduhan (kung kailan babalik),” said Liao when asked by Spin.ph when Bundit will return for the Lady Eagles' V-League campaign.
“Sa V-League, siya pa rin ang coach and ang assistant coach, si Parley Tupaz. Habang wala si coach Tai, si Parley muna,” said Liao.
Liao said Bundit had to return immediately to Thailand since he is also handing the developmental national team back home.
“Kailangan na siya ng developmental team for their preparation and training. Siya kasi ang namamahala kaya kailangan na niyang magparamdam doon,” said Liao.
Bundit helped the Lady Eagles win the Season 76 crown by overcoming the Lady Archers’ thrice-to-beat advantage for the Katipunan-based school’s first women’s title since joining the UAAP in 1978.
Bundit, who has became popular among fans for his antics on the sidelines every time Ateneo scored a point, also left Ateneo in the middle of the eliminations to attend to his duties with Thailand's juniors team.
The well-loved coach, however, led Ateneo to seven successive victories to end the elims and six more victories in the playoffs with the loss of just one game.
In all, the Lady Eagles lost just twice in games where Bundit called the shots.