LARONG Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. expects to name a new coach in two weeks’ time as the country prepares for the Southeast Asian Games and Asian Women's Seniors tournament this year.
A short list of candidates will be announced on Wednesday, according to LVPI acting president Peter Cayco.
"We will prepare a shortlist of possible coaches, mas gusto ko yung may oras para sa national team, hindi pwede basta glamorous lang," he said. "Then we will interview him and appoint him around second week of January."
LVPI said the new coach's first task is to form a 16-woman pool composed of six young players, six veterans and four reserves.
Cayco said all top players will be considered regardless of league affiliation.
But though LVPI is hoping to find someone who can dedicate his time to the national squad, sources said among those being considered are Ramil de Jesus, Sammy Acaylar and Francis Vicente, coaches who hold crucial jobs in college volleyball.
De Jesus is preparing La Salle for its UAAP title defense, Sammy Acaylar handles both the men's and women's teams of perennial NCAA contender Perpetual Help, and Vicente has been tasked to revive UE volleyball.
All three also handle jobs in commercial leagues.
"Ang hinahanap namin is combination of youth and experience," said Cayco. "Hindi importante kung may pangalan sila o wala. Ang importante is commitment, kung may oras ba sila para sa bansa."
"Everybody would be invited for the tryouts. Ang hinahanap natin dito is commitment," he added.
"Walang star-star dito at walang politika. Basta committed ka, welcome na welcome ka sa team."
The team is expected to train and compete in tuneup events in in Thailand, Japan, South Korea and China.