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De Jesus eyed as women’s volley coach

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Ramil de Jesus is being groomed to call the shots when the women’s national volleyball team sees action in the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

According to multiple sources, the national team commission of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation would recommend De Jesus to replace Shaq de los Santos as head coach of the women’s team that will compete in the biennial meet in Hanoi this November.

Leading the commission is Tonyboy Liao with former SEA Games gold medalists Grace Antigua, Mayie Prochina and Fe Mejia-Moran as well as Tina Salak, Michael Verano, Odjie Mamon, Oliver Mora, Charo Soriano and Rollie Delfino as members.

Aside from the elite team, the commission is also tasked to form the country’s entries to the U23, U19 and U17 tournaments.

The source said the federation would tackle De Jesus’ looming appointment in a meeting on Monday.

“It all depends if he will accept it or not,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because nothing is final at the moment.

“But the federation will talk to him and offer him the job. If he declines, then they have to look for other candidates. Everything will be discussed on Monday.”

De Jesus has what it takes to lead the country back to international prominence.

Aside from winning 11 titles with De La Salle University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, De Jesus is also responsible for leading the women’s squad to the bronze medal of the 23rd SEA Games in Bacolod City.

He was seriously considered to call the shots in the 18th Asian Games in 2018, but resigned due to personal reason.

On the other hand, the commission’s decision to retain the services of Alinsunurin no longer came as a surprise as he led the men’s squad to a silver-medal finish in the previous biennial meet in Manila two years ago.

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