Letran Lady Knights hire Oliver Almadro as new volleyball chief tactician

Oliver Almadro is the new head coach of the Letran Lady Knights (PVL Images)

By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña

It’s the beginning of a new era for the Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s women’s tertiary volleyball program.

Former Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro will now become the new leader of the pack heading into the new season of the NCAA.

It was Rev. Fr. Vic Calvo, OP, the athletics director of Letran, who confirmed Almadro’s appointment as the team’s new chief mentor.

Almadro will be taking over the reins of Mike Inoferio and is eager to bring back the winning mentality the Letran’s women’s volleyball program used to have.

From the period of 1976-1999, the Letran women’s volleyball program already won eight total championships, forming one of the most highly-anticipated rivalries with San Sebastian College.

However, Letran’s glory days ended during the 2000 season and is yet to win another NCAA title to this date.

Almadro’s resume is enough to help the team bring back its heydays after leading the Ateneo women’s volleyball program to a championship title last 2019 season.

Before receiving the assignment to handle the women’s team, Almadro was already a certified champion in the men’s division where he led the Ateneo male team to several UAAP titles.

However, Almadro and the Ateneo program mutually parted ways after the women’s team failed to make the Final Four of the UAAP for the first time in a decade.

Almadro continued his coaching job as the head coach of the Petro Gazz Angels in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) and will now embark on a new journey with Letran.