VOLLEYBALL coach Roger Gorayeb echoed his frustrations over the current landscape of volleyball, specifically on player recruitment.
In one of the episodes of the SPIN Sidelines, Gorayeb admitted he has grown frustrated over the involvement of material things particularly money in the recruitment of players. The coach said he has already accepted the situation and because of that, he is adjusting his judgment on which players to get for a particular team.
“Naging materialistic na talaga ngayon. Ako’y tradisyonal na coach. Hindi ako sanay na ire-recruit mo pera ‘yung ibubungad mo sa kanila lagi. Kaya ngayon, simpleng player na lang muna,” said Gorayeb, one of the most successful volleyball coaches in the country.
Gorayeb, the current head coach of PLDT in the Philiippine Superliga, recalled the times when Philippine volleyball was simple, citing that players didn’t have agents to represent them.
The outspoken coach also recalled one of his strongest teams assembled in PLDT that ruled the Shakey’s V-League where the star-studded group was satisfied with what it was already getting from the team.
“Sa totoo lang, napaka-simple ng lahat (noon). Wala pa ‘yung mga agent-agent na ‘yan na akala mo sila nagpakahirap sa player. Ano lang sila [PLDT team in V-League], team ko sa Ateneo, team ko sa Baste, team ko sa NU, pinagsama-sama ko. Masaya na sila na magkakasama kami at nabibigyan ng sweldo na mas masaya pa sila, may bonus na. Wala silang mga manager na nagbibigay ng kung ano-anong mga financial advice.”
Gorayeb, who is currently the head coach of the San Sebastian women’s volleyball team, believes there is still no need for agents in the game.
“Hindi naman ‘yan artista,” said Gorayeb, who once handled the women’s volleyball programs of Ateneo and National University.
Gorayeb clarified that there are players who deserve the kind of money they are getting from their team.
“Alam natin ‘yung iba, worth it [katulad] si Alyssa [Valdez] kung magkano hingin. Kaya lang, ‘yung iba, Diyos ko po. Magising naman kayo. Wag naman kayo managinip ng gising,” said Gorayeb, adding that there was once a player who demanded P250,000 from him.
Now, Gorayeb, who is currently on his way to recovering from multiple myeloma, said he is on the lookout for hardworking players whose only dream is to have an athletic scholarship for a better life.
“Kaya nga ngayon, iba ‘yung thrust ko ngayon sa recruitment ng player. Hindi ko na lang ma-divulge sa inyo pero kuha na lang ako ng simpleng player na parang noong araw sa college na mabigyan lang ako ng scholarship, magsusumikap lang ako at hindi ako hihingi ng ganitong suweldo. Kasi pag malaki ang suweldo mo, malaki rin ang responsibilidad mo,” said Gorayeb.
You can watch the entire interview of Gorayeb below: