Odjie Mamon admits 'too much drama' forced him to quit as coach of UST Tigresses
Odjie Mamon says he's stepping down as coach of the UST women's volleyball team but plans to continue calling the shots for the men's side. 

THE stress and 'excess drama' that come with calling the shots for University of Santo Tomas Tigresses has become too much, forcing Odjie Mamon to resign as coach of the women’s volleyball team.

Mamon made the decision shortly after the Tigresses fell a win short of making the semifinals of the UAAP.

But the veteran mentor stressed he is staying put as coach of the men’s squad.

“Sa men’s (team) stay ako. Sa women’s definitely I’m giving way na makahanap sila ng replacement,” he revealed shortly after the Tigers lost to the National University Bulldogs in the UAAP volleyball semifinals on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Mamon, who took over the position from Shaq delos Santos, admitted it’s easier to handle the men’s team as too much drama besets the women’s side.

“Siguro less stress without the baggage of the drama na inaano sa women’s player,” he said.

“Aminado ang lahat ng coaches d’yan. Different style and then it’s stressful for me na hindi talaga kami compatible sa women’s team namin,” he continued.

Mamon, who’s been coaching at UST for 20 years now, said there will definitely be an evaluation on how both the men’s and women’s teams performed in Season 77.

He also disclosed he will submit a letter of intent to renew his contract with the men’s team, but also said a letter of recommendation will likewise be sent for the women’s team.

Mamon, though, assured the new coach of the Tigresses will come from among his current deputies.

“Sa men’s team magmi-meeting kami sa Wednesday. I think kailangan na rin ang evaluation ng team, pero pag-meeting namin hawak ko na rin 'yung letter of intent ko to renew for the men’s volleyball team.

“Saka ‘yung recommendation ko para sa (women’s) coaching staff, in house din,” he said.

The Tigers failed to advance to the finals for the third straight year after last copping the title in 2010. The team finished runner-up to Far Eastern University in 2011, then missed the Final Four the past two years.  

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