Former head coach Airess Padda honors Adamson in emotional farewell message

After her reported departure as head coach for the Adamson University Lady Falcons, Airess Padda posted an emotional farewell message thanking her team for the good two years.

Padda expressed her gratitude to the Adamson community in an Instagram post accompanied by a video showing her best memories with the Lady Falcons, from emotional dugout huddles to her on-the-court moments.

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Maraming Salamat to the entire Adamson community for your undying support! I’m honored to have represented the school, alumni and fans these past two years. Thank you Akari for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to work in the volleyball community in the Philippines. It seriously has been the best experience so far. You’ve always believed in me and my vision from day 1, reminding me that we are in this together. And to my team, my players, my pamilya… Thank you for changing my life. Thank you for making me a better coach and mentor, and a better person in general. You’ve challenged me to push myself to be stronger and reach higher. I hope that I have had a positive impact on your lives and that you can take something away from what I’ve taught you. I will forever cherish every single moment I had as your head coach. It’s been a privilege coaching you guys these past 2 years. I’ve learned as much from you as well. Sobrang proud of you. I wish you nothing but the best and will be cheering you on from afar! BREATHE. BELIEVE. BATTLE! 💙🏐🙅🏽‍♀ #MahalKoKayo

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She thanked the team’s main sponsor Akari Sports for helping her realize her vision for the team, regarding her time with the Lady Falcons as one of the best experiences in her life.

“Maraming Salamat to the entire Adamson community for your undying support! I’m honored to have represented the school, alumni and fans these past two years,” Padda wrote.

“Thank you Akari for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to work in the volleyball community in the Philippines. It seriously has been the best experience so far. You’ve always believed in me and my vision from day 1, reminding me that we are in this together,” the former head coach added.

More importantly, Padda paid tribute to her players for the time they spent together, stating that they both helped each other be stronger and reach greater heights.

She also wished nothing but the best for the Lady Falcons and promised to continue supporting the team from afar.

“And to my team, my players, my pamilya… Thank you for changing my life. Thank you for making me a better coach and mentor, and a better person in general. You’ve challenged me to push myself to be stronger and reach higher. I hope that I have had a positive impact on your lives and that you can take something away from what I’ve taught you,” Padda wrote.

“I will forever cherish every single moment I had as your head coach. It’s been a privilege coaching you guys these past 2 years. I’ve learned as much from you as well. Sobrang proud of you. I wish you nothing but the best and will be cheering you on from afar,” she added.

Despite the mid-season coaching change, the Lady Falcons finally won their first game of the season after defeating the National University Lady Bulldogs in straight sets, dedicating their victory to their former coach.

Akari Sports announced Padda’s exit from her coaching duties last Friday, with assistant coach Onyok Getigan serving as the new head coach.

Padda started calling the shots back in Season 79 as she saw the Lady Falcons struggle with a disappointing 1-13 slate, before retooling the squad and almost cracking the Final Four in Season 80 with a 6-8 record.

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