ADAMSON’s new coach, Onyok Getigan, is leaving no stone unturned in his unexpected takeover of the Lady Falcons in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.
Despite the sudden task to replace head coach Air Padda, who was demoted to conditioning coach, Getigan steered the Lady Falcons to a breakthrough 25-15, 25-19, 25-22 win over National University on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum after three losses to start the tournament.
The seasoned high school coach thinks it’s not yet too late for the Lady Falcons to win the title as they improved to a 1-3 win-loss record, tying NU and UE at sixth spot.
“Gusto ko sila mag-champion talaga, yun ang goal ko talaga,” Getigan said. “Ang sikreto kasi minsan para mag-champion ka is yung preparation mo and yung sipag mo talaga. Doon ka lalamang eh.”
The seasoned high school mentor wasn’t prepared for his first UAAP game as head coach in the women’s division as he just had one practice with Adamson coming off NCR Meet calling the shots for Kings’ Montessori School.
“Hindi talaga ako prepared sa laban na ito eh. Kasi galing ako ng NCR, and then nabalitaan ko lang na wala na si Coach Air. So kahapon ko lang sila na-meet,” he said. “Wala namang bago doon kasi assistant coach naman ako, alam ko naman yung sistema.“
The concurrent Baby Falcons coach has no idea about the decision of the school on Padda’s demotion.
“Actually wala talaga akong idea talaga, so hindi ko pa siya nakikita. Maybe Tuesday siguro, baka magpunta siya.Yun ang hindi ko rin alam,” he said.
The multi-titled Palarong Pambansa coach and reigning Rebisco Volleyball League national champion mentor of Kings’ Montessori said that Padda’s system will stick with the team with just a little changes.
“Same plano, same pa rin naman ang sistema. May kaunting ipipihit lang tayo ng kaunti. So yun lang ang pinaka-plano ko. May kaunting babaguhin lang, palitan ng tao,” Getigan said. “Simple lang (yung coaching style ko) lang, kasi nagugulat sila sa akin kasi kanina, konting salita lang. Wala ng maraming sinasabi, basta direct, on the spot lang yung directive, yun na ang gagawin.”
“Kasi minsan may mga coaches na maraming sinasabi pero hindi naman nakakatulong. Isang tapik lang, isang salita lang, okay na yun,” he added.
As he seeks to deliver a title to Adamson, Getigan knows it won’t be hard bringing his success from high school to college, especially he will be facing his former players in the girls’ division like Norielle Ipac of La Salle and UP’s Marist Layug, Lorie Bernardo and Rem Altomea.
“Sobrang laki talaga. Sa high school kasi, minsan may darating sayo na hindi marunong na player, talagang tatyagain mo talaga. Sa college, dapat magaling ang darating na player sayo,” Getigan said. “Karamihan sa mga school ngayon, grabe ang recruitment. Kailangan, doblehin mo ang sipag mo. Yun na lang ang pinaka-puhunan mo, para makasabay ka sa ibang team.”