MOZZY Ravena had a simple description for legendary volleyball coach August Santamaria that fans of today can relate to.
“Siguro, pagsamahin mo si coach Ramil (De Jesus), coach Tai (Bundit), konti ni coach Oliver (Almadro) altogether in one. ‘Yun si coach August,” said Ravena during a recent interview with SPIN Sidelines.
Ravena played under Santamaria’s at University of Sto. Tomas, the school that he coached until he suffered a stroke in 2008. Santamaria is one of the most revered personalities in the sport because of his numerous championships in the UAAP.
UST had a string of seven UAAP women’s volleyball titles from 1984 with Santamaria at the helm. Ravena was part of that solid run.
Santamaria clinched his last UAAP crown in 2007, with Venus Bernal winning MVP and Best Scorer honors, and Denise Tan named Best Setter.
When asked about her former coach at UST, Ravena said Santamaria was simply ahead in terms of volleyball knowledge due to his willingness to learn new coaching techniques.
“Coach August was really ahead of his time because he really likes to go to Japan to see volleyball in Japan. He likes to go to Thailand to see volleyball in Thailand. Advanced siya during that time,” Ravena said.
Under Santamaria’s strict supervision, UST rose to a higher level, according to Ravena.
“’Yung mga punishment na nangyayari ngayon sa mga volleyball players na tough, ‘yun wala ‘yun nung pag ginagawa na ni coach August. You can see ‘yung respeto namin sa kanya. Naging disiplinado kaming mga tao,” said Ravena.
“Nakatulong ‘yung pagdisiplina niya sa volleyball sa life namin after,” Ravena said.
Watch the SPIN Sidelines episode with Ravena below: