HIS ACHIEVEMENTS speak loudly. His tireless efforts turned his team into a powerhouse and a hotbed of volleyball talent.
This is the best description for Bacolod Tay Tung High School (BTTHS) girls’ volleyball team head coach Ian Macariola.
Macariola led the team to three straight Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) Meet titles, Batang Pinoy 2018 National Champion, and Palarong Pambansa stints.
BTTHS players are also the favorites of top colleges and universities in the country.
Macariola said his relative Rodel Velayo of the Philippine Air Force was the one who inspired him to play volleyball. His volleyball career took off during his elementary days up until he took up BS Criminology at the University of Negros Occidental.
“I envisioned myself to become a police one day. Little did I know that I would guard attacks from opposing spikers from that point,” he shared.
Aside from coaching, Macariola still plays for the Hukbong Dagat League where they play against teams from Iloilo and Dumaguete. When he is not into volleyball, he spends time touring around Negros island aboard his motorbike.
He started coaching Tay Tung when the previous head coach left to become a seaman. The team manager referred to him to the team and the rest is history.
“I firmly believe that all players will have a chance to make big in the sport by focusing on speed in stamina. For me, these two attributes will help elevate a player’s individual skills. I also help them handle in-game pressure and the challenges of being a student-athlete,” he added.
His training gained impressive results through his players who made it big like Marianne Sotomil who now plays for the UP Lady Maroons.
Some of his current players in the Rebisco Volleyball League 2018 National Finals such as Jeanny Padilla, Shane Carmona, and Alyssa Bertolano are being scouted by several UAAP schools.
Macariola does not have lofty personal goals as regards the sport. However, he dreams that his players will get into good schools and use their volleyball skills to get a college degree.
“Every time we have games, I just tell them to just play and enjoy the game. Thunderbolts mean serious business when it comes to volleyball, they play with sheer joy that radiates throughout their lofty success,” Macariola said.