“Hindi ko alam.”
A slightly emotional Adamson Coach Air Padda said in a post-game interview that she is uncertain if she would be back to coach the Falcons’ lair next season.
After losing to defending champions De La Salle University earlier today in four sets, the American mentor told reporters that she is worried that Adamson might not want her services anymore.
“Hindi ko alam. I mean, am I worried? Yes I’m worried because I feel like a failure. I failed them,” she said.
“I don’t know and I’m not sure if I am what they want for their program,” she added.
But the very animated and vocal coach does not want to preempt the school administration’s decision whether to stick with her or not.
“I haven’t thought of it yet but I’m not making any plan. I’m not gonna assume that I’m out of the job. I hope not,” she said.
The former California State Los Angeles MVP was tapped to coach the Lady Falcons in 2016 following the resignation of former coach Sherwin Meneses mid-way Season 78.
In her first year with Adamson, Coach Air had a relatively bad record of 1-13 win-loss card. But there were glimpses of brilliance in her coaching alongside three other ladies namely Angelie Tabaquero, Michelle Gumabao, and Cherry Rose Macatangay.
Before Season 80 started, news that several former Lady Falcons like Fhen Emnas and Mylene Paat will come back rejuvenated the school’s volleyball program.
Taking charge of the mentoring, Padda began the season with high hopes.
While there were many setbacks as seen in their current standing of 5-8, the team has been more consistent and even gave other teams like La Salle a taste of what they could do.
For Padda, her heart belongs to the blue school. And her loyalty will remain forever unscathed.
“But they know, they know me, they know I bleed blue.”
“Even if they didn’t want me to coach anymore, I wouldn’t go coach for another school because this is my home here,” she added.
The La Salle loss officially send the Lady Falcons out of the Final Four contention. Despite this, Padda received a lot of validation from her wards.
According to her, returning player Paat thanked her for believing in the former’s talents.
“Mylene was really really special. She basically thanked me and said that because of me now she’s really a dominating factor in volleyball,” Padda said.
“People are actually looking at her now because somebody believed in her. And she was just super thankful. She wants continue fighting. She’s ready to show up on Saturday and get the win,” she added.
Padda also noted that Paat was so sad about them not making it to the Final Four.
Paat has been instrumental in the Lady Falcons’ Season 80 campaign. She is currently number 9 in scoring with 169 points off 118 attacks, 33 blocks and 18 aces. Paat is third in spiking and fourth in blocking, too.
Adamson will close out its Season 80 campaign with a game against UST on Saturday.
Padda said she told her graduating wards that if they want to play in the last game, they need to show up in training tomorrow.
“I just told them there’s training tomorrow, if you wanna come and fight and you’re ready, then show up. If you’re not, don’t come at all,” she said.