The newly-formed Philippine National Volleyball Federation, Inc. (PNVF) tapped Odjie Mamon as the new head coach of the national women’s volleyball team.

/ 12 March 2021

“It’s a call to duty for the national colors and you can’t decline once the country asks for your service,” said Mamon, a 24-year veteran in the coaching ranks and holds two bronze medals from the 2001 and 2003 SEA Games as a head coach and assistant, respectively.

Mamon is back in the women’s game after PNVF on Thursday announced his appointment to take the lead of the country’s volleyball team alongside three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Grace Antigua and Thailand’s Tai Bundt as his deputies.

Mamon and Antigua are both board members of the National Teams Commission of the PNVF, while Bundit will once again take assistance to the Philippine women’s team following her assistance with Roger Gorayeb in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games.

Meanwhile, Dante Alinsunurin will still be handling the men’s national volleyball team as their head coach.

“After careful and stringent deliberation and evaluation, the federation selected coaches Odjie and Dante, both of who brings with them impressive and credible credentials,” said PNVF President Ramon “Tats” Suzara.

The 31st Southeast Asian Games will be the main focus of the two coaches where the men’s team is looking forward to continuing their success story after a silver medal finish in 2019 while the women’s squad eyes a spot on the podium.

National Team Commission head Tonyboy Liao and Jerry Yee, who leads the National Coaches Commission, made the recommendation and proposals on the forming of the coaching staff for the two teams to the PNVF board.

Mamon is currently the head coach of the University of Santo Tomas men’s volleyball team and PLDT in the Spikers’ Turf, while Alinsunurin handles the men’s volleyball team of National University.

Moreover, also appointed were national beach volleyball coaches Rhovyl Verayo for the men’s team and Paul John Doloiras for the women’s squad, who both earned bronze medals in the 30th SEA Games.