ATENEO coach Roger Gorayeb was left to ponder his future after the fifth and final year of his commitment with the Lady Eagles ended in another second-place finish in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
Gorayeb expressed satisfaction with the Lady Eagles' performance despite the school being swept by the Lady Archers in three sets in Game Two of their best-of-three championship series.
At the same time, the veteran coach also said he feels a sense of pride in having turned Ateneo into a force to be reckoned with in women's volleyball in his five years at the helm.
“Masaya ako at proud sa mga players kasi sa five years, we’ve given Ateneo its first three medals in the UAAP and two championships in the V-League. Proud na rin ako,” Gorayeb said.
It was Ateneo’s second consecutive runner-up finish against their chief rival La Salle, but Gorayeb said the Lady Spikers' advantage in size was simply tough to overcome.
“Kaya lang talagang maliliit kami, ‘yung kalaban malalaki,” he added.
Despite his accomplishments, Gorayeb remained non-committal on his future, saying he will let Ateneo management decide if he will stay on or give way to a new coach.
“Hindi ko pa alam,” said Gorayeb when asked about his future after the game. “Five ‘years lang ‘yung pinromise ko sa Ateneo. Depende pa sa Ateneo.”
Gorayeb said that he has accomplished what he had set out to do with Ateneo, which was to develop the school’s volleyball program.
“Open ‘yung options ko pero hindi ko pa alam kasi five years ‘yung sinabi ko sa kanila,” Gorayeb said. "Mataas na ang estado ng Ateneo sa volleyball sa UAAP. Marami na ang aware sa Ateneo volleyball hindi katulad noong araw."
But given a choice, Gorayeb expressed his intention to stay on.
“Oo naman, kasi kinuha lang ako to help develop their program,” Gorayeb said. "It will be all up to them."