FORMER University of Santo Tomas women’s volleyball team head coach Odjie Mamon has full confidence that successor Kungfu Reyes can bring back the glory days for the Tigresses in the UAAP.
The veteran mentor believes the team is in good hands under the leadership of Reyes, a noted disciplinarian who took over the UST job last April.
“They are in good hands, they’re in good hands,” Mamon told Spin.ph.
Reyes made it to the UAAP Finals his entire five-year stint with the UST men's team. He won three titles with the Tigers in 1999, 2001, and 2003 and was also part of the same unit that placed runner-up in 2000 and 2002.
The native of Lucena, Quezon also served as assistant to former UST coach Francis Vicente before taking over the UST girls’ volleyball team in 2013, winning four junior girls’ titles.
He currently works as an assistant to fellow UST alum Rico de Guzman with Philippine Army team, which won three successive Philippine Super Liga titles and two more in the Shakey’s V-League.
In an earlier interview, the tough-looking coach vowed to run a tight ship as well as a military-like training regimen for the women's team.
“I know his style, kung ako hindi naaayon sa style ng UST, Kungfu can make the difference at saka maganda ang materyales niya ngayon,” said Mamon.
“’Yun ‘yung maganda doon kasi mabait kasi ako eh,” added the lanky mentor. “Si Kungfu strikto. I think that’s one good thing na mas disciplinarian ang magiging coach.”
The talented UST core of Pam Lastimosa, Mela Tunay, Jessey de Leon, Ria Meneses, EJ Laure, and Cherry Rondina will remain intact for the coming UAAP season.
Mamon cited “too much drama” as the main reason why he chose to resign as head coach of the women’s team shortly after the season ended. But with Reyes on board, he’s sure the Tigresses will toe the line.
“I have no doubt mawawala ang kyeme ng mga players,” he said while trying to control his laughter. “Walang ka ano-ano, sigurado ako dyan.”