ROGER Gorayeb will no longer return as Ateneo women’s volleyball head coach this season, ending a five-year reign that saw the team transform into one of the top programs in the country.
Team manager Tony Boy Liao confirmed to Spin.ph on Thursday that Gorayeb has stepped down, adding assistant coach Parley Tupaz will take over the team ahead of this season's volleyball wars in the UAAP.
Liao said they wanted to renew Gorayeb's contract after his five-year commitment with the team ended but he chose to concentrate on his other coaching job with alma mater San Sebastian in the NCAA.
“He told us he wanted to renew but napabayaan na niya ‘yung San Sebastian,” Liao said. “’Yung mga pari doon, siyempre nagtatampo. Feeling din niya napabayaan din niya dahil alumni siya ng Baste. Doon talaga siya galing.”
“Kaya sabi niya, baka puwede pass muna ako ng dalawang taon,” he added.
The Lady Eagles became a force in women’s volleyball during Gorayeb's watch, capturing two titles in the Shakey’s V-League while leading the team to finals appearances in the UAAP.
The Lady Eagles, however, fell short in the recent UAAP and Shakey’s V-League wars when they lost to La Salle and National University, respectively, in the finals.
Liao said that the parting was amicable as Gorayeb promised to help Tupaz in the transition period. They also left the door open for Gorayeb to return to the team.
“Anytime you want to come back, we are open kasi maganda naman ang ginawa niya sa Ateneo,” said Liao.
Following their UAAP campaign that saw the Lady Eagles finished second to La Salle, Gorayeb was already pondering about his future with the team.
“Masaya ako at proud sa mga players kasi sa five years, we’ve given Ateneo its first three medals in the UAAP and two championships in the V-League,” Gorayeb said. “Proud na rin ako.”