AS sixth Lady Bulldogs coach in seven seasons, pressure is on for Norman Miguel, but he is setting modest goals in UAAP Season 81 and talking long term goals with National University.
The former De La Salle Green Spikers mentor transferred to NU last November as assistant coach of the women’s and girls’ volleyball teams and in December was tasked to take over the Lady Bulldogs, replacing Babes Castillo. Francis Vicente was NU women's team coach in the 2012-2013 season followed by Edjet Mabbayad, Dong dela Cruz, Roger Gorayeb and Castillo.
Miguel said it was not an easy decision.
“Hindi naman ako ganoon kabilis nagdecide, I gave it weeks para pagisipan talaga before accepting it,” Miguel told Spin.ph.
“When the sports director (Otie Camangian) approached me nung inexplain niya sa akin yung parang long term program,” said Miguel.
“Doon parang medyo naopen yung mind ko na it’s very challenging pero why not accept it.”
“Kasi parang alam naman nating lahat na yung NU women’s parang looking forward to you know bag a title sa UAAP kasi hanggang ngayon medyo wala pa talaga,” he added.
Miguel faces tough task of ending NU’s 62-year title drought, especially with six rookies led by Ivy Lacsina, Princess Robles, Joyme Cagande and Jennifer Nierva.
Roselyn Doria is the new skipper, while Risa Sato and Audrey Paran are still with the squad.
“Parang yung pumasok sa mind ko na malaking challenge siya pero masarap trabahuin,” he said.
The Lady Bulldogs will hold training camp in Thailand next week, and Miguel hopes to prepare a squad that could compete with the perennial contenders.
“Naniwala ako doon sa gusto nilang mangyari. Not this year, probably next year or at the third year parang ganun na kailangan na meron nang mangyari (championship),” Miguel said.