JUST six months into the job and still in the process of building a solid team chemistry, yet coach Kungfu Reyes has already set the bar high for University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
Reyes, 35, has set a target of a finals appearance for the Tigresses in Season 78 of the league.
“Target namin is Finals na agad,” he told Spin.ph before the start of team practice. “So far okay naman. Hopefully naka-adjust na sila sa akin kasi ako naman kinikilala ko na sila isa-isa eh.”
“Nakikilala ko na sila sa galaw kasi ‘yun naman ang ineensayo namin pero mas gusto ko pa ma-dig more on sa personal nila, ‘di naman personal na buhay kumbaga ‘yung character nila,” he added.
Reyes took over the UST coaching reins from Odjie Mamon at the end of last season.
A former three-time champion player of the UST men’s volleyball team, Reyes made it clear he won’t tolerate 'drama' within the group - the very same reason that prompted Mamon to step down from his post.
“Siguro individually hindi mawawala (ang drama), sa akin kasi hindi ko iniintindi ang drama, ayaw ko ng too much drama ang i-entertain ko is paano i-solve ang problema,” he said.
The pride of Lucena, who is also a Philippine Army sergeant, said he has his way of handling the women’s team. Aside from applying a military-like training on the team, Reyes said he is straight forward in dealing with his players.
“Since then naman wala pa ako na-encounter masyadong drama kasi umpisa pa lang tinitigil ko na, leading pa lang doon tinitigil ko na kaagad,” he said.
“Minsan dinadaan na lang namin sa mga words of wisdom, medyo papatawanin mo lang, pero may laman, magaan lang ang pagkakasabi.
“Parang hugot lines lang, mga quotes na related doon sa nangyayari,” continued the bald-headed mentor.
Reyes cited an instance during a team practice when one of the players get emotional and cried after getting berated by him.
True to his word, Reyes asked another player to call ‘Ate Charo,’ a term referring to Maalaala Mo Kaya host Charo Santos.
“Ako kasi hindi ako nagsi-sympathize sa mga ganyan sa drama sa buhay. Gawan mo ng solusyon, kahit ako may drama din sa buhay, pero hindi para mag-dwell doon. Hanapan mo ng solusyon para umahon ka,” he said.
The UAAP volleyball tournament is set to start either end of January or early Febuary.