LVPI clarifies Ramil De Jesus' exit as head coach of women's national volleyball team

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 6) — The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) shed light on the reason why Ramil de Jesus stepped down as head coach of the women's national volleyball team.

LVPI President Peter Cayco said De Jesus' deputies informed them that the multi-titled collegiate mentor could no longer continue as coach because of prior engagements.

"I was informed by friends of coach Ramil and his assistant coaches that he could no longer handle the national women's team because of commitments he had prior to our talk, so technically he did not resign. He just informed us that he could not continue," Cayco told CNN Philippines' Sports Desk Wednesday.

Cayco understood that De Jesus could not give all of his time to the national squad as he is also handling the La Salle women's seniors volleyball team, which he led to its 11th championship in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, and the F2 Logistics in the Philippine SuperLiga (PSL).

"I have to respect his decision. He could not assure us of his time and schedule for the women's national team, I'm thankful that he informed us early."

Asked on the process of choosing De Jesus' replacement, Cayco said it was a unanimous decision by the LVPI to tap another champion coach in Shaq Delos Santos.

"The LVPI has a committee who handles coaches selection for the national team. Right after I was informed that coach Ramil begs off, we sat down. It was unanimous that we get the services of coach Shaq if he was available," he said.

Delos Santos recently steered Petron to the PSL Grand Prix crown. He is tasked to call the shots in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia this August, the Asian Women's Volleyball Cup in Thailand in September, and the Southeast Asian Games in the country next year.

Meanwhile, the country's volleyball governing body is still deliberating on who the men's national team coach will be.

"We have not decided on who the head coach would be. We sat down with possible coaches and it was very interesting. I think we're coming up with a decision on who the national coach for men's would be," Cayco said.