Coach Anusorn Tai Bundit
MANILA – Ateneo head coach Tai Bundit became popular for the entertaining figure he cut at the sidelines of volleyball games, for his now popular dance, and for his exhortations of “happy, happy” and “heart strong” to the Lady Eagles.
But the champions Lady Eagles reveal that Coach Tai is completely different during training.
“With Coach Tai kasi, he’s really different during training. He’s really like… a beast. He’s really a beast,” said Ateneo’s Aeriel Patnongon on ANC’s “Hardball” on Wednesday.
“During games, he’s like, ‘happy, happy.’ But during training, sometimes we start to hate him na,” she added.
“Every morning, conditioning ‘yung training namin,” added veteran Ella De Jesus. “As in, tatakbo kami sa oval, tapos laging may time (limit) na kailangan namin i-meet.”
The Lady Eagles, including team captain Alyssa Valdez, agreed with the hosts comment that Bundit can be a bit of a “Jekyll and Hyde.”
“Pero nagbubunga naman ‘yung pagiging beast niya,” Patnongon said.
With Bundit at the helm, the Lady Eagles made a surprising run to the Finals of the women’s volleyball tournament, where they shocked three-time defending champions De La Salle in four hard-fought games.
“During training he’s so hard, and minsan, he’s mean to us na. But during games, he’s so happy, so we feel light na rin,” said Patnongon.
“He’s so positive. Even though alam mo sa sarili mo na, you haven’t done anything good or right, he’ll still be like, ‘very good, very good.’ He’s like that,” she added.
The Lady Eagles also say that the trust that Bundit showed in them was a major factor in their spectacular play in the finals.
“May trust po talaga sa akin si Coach Tai na maglaro sa loob ng court,” said Ateneo rookie Michelle Morente. “Anlaki ng trust niya sa amin, so binigyan niya po kami ng confidence.”