SAMMY Acaylar and Francis Vicente have emerged as frontrunners among the long list of candidates for the head coach post of the national men’s and women’s volleyball teams after baring their respective plans to the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.
LVPI acting president Peter Cayco confirmed that the federation was impressed with Acaylar and Vicente's respective programs, but insisted they are not yet assured of the job and will leave the announcement to the LVPI board.
"We already have a decision, but we don’t want to preempt the LVPI board," he said. "We will forward our decision to the LVPI board, which will make the formal announcement on Friday."
According to sources, if the veteran mentors will be chosen, Acaylar will be the women's coach while Vicente will lead the men's team that will see action in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on August.
The sources also added that Acaylar's resignation from the Philippine Super Liga club team Cignal played a big role for the decision of the LVPI, which is looking for a total commitment to the national team.
Meanwhile, Vicente, who currently handles the University of the East women's volleyball team and Generika in the PSL, pledged his full attention to the national team if he will be chosen.
"Ang commitment ko is there (for the national team), in fact mayroon na akong solid plans," said the veteran mentor.
Aside from Acaylar and Vicente, other candidates for the job include Ateneo men's volleyball coach Oliver Almadro, College of St. Benilde women's coach Michael Carino, Arellano women's coach Obet Javier, Lerma Giron, Mac Gepuela, Marcelo Joaquin, Jason Gabales, Michael Inoferio, Bryan Esquibel, Raymund Castillo, Jeremiah Barrica, Raplh Dablo, Leovimo Rivera, Michael Santos, Carl Bryan Vitus, Richard Estacio, Ruel Pascual, Leonardo Toyco, Benjamin Mape, Dexter Clamor and Alvin Dumalaog.