Almadro Oliver Almadro is home, now handling the Letran women’s volleyball program. PVL photo

Letran pins hopes on Almadro

August 5, 2023 Theodore P. Jurado 441 views

OLIVER Almadro is coming home.

Hoping to end a decade-long disappointment in women’s volleyball, Letran is pinning its hopes on its alumnus Oliver Almadro to turn things around for the program.

The school’s athletic director, Fr. Vic Calvo has confirmed the development Friday night.

Almadro, who is also the current mentor of Premier Volleyball League club PetroGazz, took over from Mike Inoferio, who handled the team for three seasons.

Almario’s appointment will be beneficial for the Lady Knights, who fell short of a semifinals slot in NCAA Season 98 after finishing fifth with a 5-4 slate.

Cha Cuñada, who led Letran in ending a 20-year championship drought in beach volleyball, has already graduated and is now with PVL club Chery Tiggo.

It has been 11 years since the Lady Knights last reached the Top 4. Letran actually made it all the way to the Finals in 2012, only to be swept by University of Perpetual Help System Dalta.

The Lady Knights most recent championship was in 1999 where they won two in a row.

Almadro studied in the Muralla-based institution from 1995 to 1998, and ventured into coaching afterwards.

His high moments was with Ateneo, steering the men’s team to three-peat from 2015 to 2017, and a 2019 women’s championship in the UAAP.

Almadro parted ways with the Blue Eagles last July after a sixth place finish in Season 85, as he was replaced by Brazilian coach Sergio Veloso.