Manila, Philippines -- I had the opportunity to have a short conversation with the legendary volleyball coach Ernesto "Nes" Pamilar of the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns Volleyball Team and former mentor of the FEU Lady Tamaraws and Letran Women's Volleyball Team in the UAAP Volleyball and NCAA Volleyball Tournaments respectively.
I've been waiting for this perfect moment to ask coach Nes about a possible comeback in the UAAP Volleyball ranks after leaving the league few years ago, but sad to say, he seems to be no longer interested in coaching a college volleyball team.
"Wala akong College Team na hawak. Magulo masyado sa college volleyball. Pro-League ang focus ko," said the former RP Men's Volleyball Team Setter, Coach Nes.
During his career as a player, coach Nes helped propel the FEU Men's Volleyball Team to a UAAP Volleyball championship in the 80's, and as a coach, he orchestrated the Letran Lady Knights to an amazing first ever NCAA Volleyball Title in the 90's.
And of course, who would forget FEU's convincing run in the UAAP Women's Volleyball Season 70 wherein Coach Nes together with his notable players Rachel Ann Daquis and Shaira Gonzalez led the FEU Women's Volleyball Team to a memorable championship title run that catapulted him to one of the league's best coaches.
Looking at his legendary career, having him as the chief-mentor of a college volleyball team would definitely have a significant positive effect and would increase any team's success rate... but unfortunately, Coach Nes have finally made a decision to move away from the college volleyball scene.