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    Tai Bundit eyes fitting encore before leaving Philippines for good

    Dec 7, 2018
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    COACH Tai Bundit will bid farewell to the Philippines for good after Creamline and his former team Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles' finals series in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference over the weekend.

    The man behind the ‘happy, happy’ and ‘heartstrong’ mantra will have a maximum of two games left to coach in the country as Creamline tries to finish off Ateneo-Motolite in Game 2 on Saturday at the Batangas City Coliseum.

    A deciding Game Three, if necessary, will be played on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan City.

    Bundit, who started coaching in the Philippines in 2014 when he was brought in to take over the Ateneo volleyball program, told Spin.ph that he will leave the country to focus on taking care of his family back home in Thailand.

    “Yes, that’s true. Because of my family, I want to go back for my kids and my business in Thailand,” said the Thai coach, who attended Spin.ph Sportsman of the Year 2018 with Rebisco on Thursday at Crowne Plaza Manila Galeria. “Now, (we don’t) have man in the house, only women so it’s dangerous for the family. That’s why I need to come back to control everything.

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      “Because my kids next year (they will go to) separate schools. My wife will pick (them) up and really hard (to) take care (of them),” added Bundit referring to his three children — a 13-year-old son and eight-year-old twin daughters. “I will come back to take care of my family first, family is important.”

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      Bundit bared that he will come home to Thailand on December 14.

      “Not enough but important is family that’s why I have to go back to Thailand first and think (about the future) and if everything’s ok and maybe I will come back again,” he said.

      The Thai mentor steered Ateneo to four straight UAAP Finals appearances from Seasons 76 to 79 — all against arch-rival De La Salle. Bundit and the Alyssa Valdez-led Lady Eagles had a magical run in Season 76 defying the thrice-to-beat finals advantage of the Lady Spikers to win the school’s first UAAP indoor volleyball title and swept Season 77 for a golden repeat before settling for silver in 2015 and 2016.

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      He also became an assistant coach to Roger Gorayeb in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.

      He parted ways with Ateneo in Season 80 following a heartbreaking defeat to the twice-to-beat FEU Lady Tamaraws.

      Bundit, who was tapped by Creamline last year, is eyeing a fitting end to his four-year stay in the country by winning his second PVL championship when the Cool Smashers go for sweep against the Lady Eagles in Game 2.

      But the ex-Ateneo coach expects his former players will not go down without a fight .

      “I believe to (get) the championship but not enough because Ateneo will be good and (beating them) is really hard for Creamline. We will fight all the way,” Bundit said.

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