By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
Oliver Almadro is ready to bring his volleyball expertise to the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons after being named as their program director effective this UAAP season.
Almadro confirmed his newest responsibility weeks after receiving head coaching duties for the Letran Lady Knights in the NCAA.
UP Office for Athletics and Sports Development director Bo Perasol also announced Almadro’s arrival with the Fighting Maroons and supports this development for the betterment of their volleyball program.
“He has the experience of building championship teams and he will have a helping hand in the form of our new sponsor for our volleyball program,” said Perasol.
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 UP.
“I’m honored to be given this opportunity. I’m aware that it’ll be hard, but it’s actually easy to trust in the process because of all those who believe in me,” Almadro said.