Top Ten Best Women's Volleyball Coaches In the Philippines

Ranking the best volleyball coaches in Philippine women's volleyball.

- Championship Experience
- Leadership
- Development of Players
The Top Ten
1 Ramil de Jesus

Even though he will not coach the first few games of Season 85, Coach RDJ is one of the best, if not the best, coach of the sport of volleyball in the Philippines. He led La Salle to win 11 championships, including three 3-peats (S66-88, S73-75, S78-80), and secured eight runner-up positions during his 25-year tenure with La Salle.

In Season 84, he led the Lady Spikers, who had no finals experience, to the finals as the second seed (10-4) but fell to the undefeated Lady Bulldogs. He also developed multiple players in the Lady Spikers program, such as Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron, Des Cheng, Dawn Macandili, Ernie Tiamzon, Cyd Demecillo, Michele Gumabao, and many more players.

2 Anusorn Bundit

Though he is new to the country, Anusorn "Tai" Bundit has already proven his worth in Philippine volleyball. He is most famous for his lines such as "Heartstrong" and "Happy! Happy!". Coach Tai is responsible for the Cinderella run of Ateneo's women's volleyball team in UAAP S76. After surviving a playoff knockout game against Adamson, a twice-to-beat semifinal game against NU, and a thrice-to-beat advantage final by DLSU, Coach Tai has shown that Philippine volleyball can overcome any circumstances that may come.

He is the conditioning coach of the U-23 team and the women's national team for the 2015 SEA Games. He is known for molding players like Amy Ahomiro, Denden Lazaro, Michelle Morente, Jhoanna Maraguinot, Jia Morado, Ella de Jesus, and Alyssa Valdez into veteran players.

3 August Sta. Maria

The legendary coach of UST. Coach August has been the coach of the Golden Tigresses as long as we can remember until he announced his retirement after suffering from a stroke. His last coaching stint was Season 69 when UST swept the Finals series against FEU.

Among the prominent players he had developed were Mozzy Ravena, Roxanne Pimentel, Cindy Rival, Joana Botr-Carpio, Dixie Maningat, Mary Jean Balse, Lilet Mabbayad, Angge Tabaquero, Denise Tan, Venus Bernal, and Aiza Maizo. He was also the coach of the women's national team at the 1997 Sea Games where they won silver.

4 Nestor Pamilar

The renowned coach of FEU. Coach Nes is a father figure to his players. He is not only known as a decorated champion coach in the collegiate ranks but also in the semi-pro ranks.

Coach Nes is accountable for the development of Wendy Anne Semana, Rosemarie Vargas, Shaira Gonzalez, Josephine Cafranca, Maica Morada, April Jose, Theresa Iratay, Wenneth Eulalio, Gyzelle Sy, and of course the Rachel Anne Daquis. He is also responsible for bringing back the shape of the Aiza Maizo after giving birth.

5 Dulce Pante

For us, she's just a coach, but for her players, she is a mother. Although she failed to give Adamson University a UAAP Volleyball crown, she is still regarded as one of the best coaches in Philippine volleyball.

She is responsible for making Adamson a powerhouse team and also the best defensive team in the UAAP. She mentored the likes of Lizlee Ann Gata, Patricia Lynn Taganas, Donaleil Adajar, Michelle Segodine, Angela Benting, Pau Soriano, Des Patilano, Janet Serafica, Risa Anne Laguilles, Jill Gustillo, and Angelica Vasquez.

6 Roger Gorayeb

Though he has not won a UAAP crown as coach of NU and Ateneo, Coach Roger is renowned in the NCAA for his team, the SSC-R Lady Stags, as an awarded coach. Coach Roger led the Lady Stags to numerous championships, including a six-peat championship in the NCAA. In the UAAP, he was the one who started to build a strong volleyball program at Ateneo. He led the Lady Eagles to its first Final Four appearance and eventually its first Finals appearance.

In coaching NU, he utilized the program left by Coach Francis along with Coach Dong and Coach Edjet. He is responsible for the rise of Laurence Latigay, Sasa Devanadera, Mary Jane Pepito, Charisse Ancheta, Marge Pepito, Fille Cainglet, Charo Soriano, Bea Pascual, Jem Ferrer, Ella de Jesus, Dzi Gervacio, Gretchen Ho, Denden Lazaro, Alyssa Valdez, Myla Pablo, Fatima General, and Jaja Santiago.

7 Jerry Yee

At first glance, you might think he's just a chill coach. But when the game is running, you'll see his fierceness and his willingness to win. You will see the concern in his eyes for his players to do their very best and not give up on the game. Coach Jerry is famously known for coaching Hope Christian High School where the likes of Djanel Cheng, Desiree Cheng, Cienne Cruz, Camille Cruz, Manilla Santos, and Cha Cruz graduated high school.

He is also known for transitioning the underdog team, UP Lady Maroons, into a premier team. He almost led the team, which was "most likely to be last," to a Final Four appearance. He trained Princess Gaiser, Arielle Estranero, Kathy Bersola, Jewel Lai, Angeli Araneta, and Nicole Tiamzon into veteran players. He is also the coach of the U-17 team, which placed seventh among thirteen teams in the Asia Pacific region.

8 Francis Vicente

Coach Francis Vicente is the type of coach that transforms an underdog team into a powerhouse. Before building a strong volleyball program at NU, Coach Vince was the coach of UST-GVT. He led the junior squad to a three-peat championship. He is most responsible for the skills owned by UST-GVT alumni like Rhea Dimaculangan, Aerial Patnongon, Dindin Santiago, Jaja Santiago, Kim Fajardo, and Alyssa Valdez.

As coach of NU, he developed players like Mervic Mangui, Cai Nepomuceno, Rizza Mandapat, Carmina Aganon, Myla Pablo, Dindin Santiago, and Jen Reyes. Coaching UE, he is targeting to mold players like Shaya Adorador, Angelica Dacaymat, and Kathleen Arado.

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10 Shaq Delos Santos

The successor of Coach Nes at the FEU team, Coach Shaq inherited Coach Nes' father figure role. But before coaching FEU, he was the successor of legendary coach August Sta. Maria. Coaching UST, he led the team to an epic championship in S72. After starting the season with a loss, Coach Shaq ensured that the team would end on a winning note, and it did. The team not only swept the second round of eliminations but also the Finals series against De La Salle.

In coaching FEU, he guided the girls through an uphill battle after losing key players. He is responsible for the prowess shown by Angge Tabaquero, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Judy Caballejo, Maru Banaticla, Aiza Maizo, Rosemarie Vargas, Gyzelle Sy, Mayjorie Roxas, Tin Agno, Bernadeth Pons, Remy Palma, and Toni Rose Basas.

The Contenders
11 Sinfronio Acaylar

Known as a rigorous coach, Coach Sammy, as he was famously called, led the UPHSD Lady Altas to a three-peat championship in the NCAA. He is well-known for developing players like Sandra Delos Santos, Jheck Dionela, Coleen Bravo, Jana Sta. Maria, Shyrra Cabriana, and Honey Royse Tubino.

12 Oliver Almadro
13 Vilet Ponce de Leon
14 Michael Carino
15 Rico de Guzman
16 Babes Castillo
17 Cromwell Garcia
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