By Jan Carlo Anolin
Volleyball coaching legend Ernesto “Nes” Pamilar has died Saturday morning, Jan. 12, due to heart failure, according to reports.
He was 52.
Pamilar is well-known for steering the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws to its 29th championship in UAAP Season 70. Since then, FEU has yet to cop another title.
In June 2016, he assumed the coaching position for the De La Salle Green Spikers in Season 79. The following year, he was tapped to handle the San Beda College Red Spikers in NCAA Season 93.
In 2018, the volleyball legend also piloted the Chooks-to-Go Tacloban Fighting Warays for their debut appearance in the PVL Reinforced Conference.
The former national team member also guided the Cagayan Valley Lady Rising Suns in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference in 2013. They remained unbeaten in 16 games.
Under his tutelage, the Letran Lady Knights finally ended their 12-year title drought in 1997 in the NCAA.
The former FEU setter also mentored the high school teams of Angelicum College and DLSU-College of St. Benilde.
Meanwhile, the Philippine volleyball community and FEU family expressed their sentiments on social media following the announcement.
FEU head tactician George Pascua, Pamilar’s apprentice, showed his gratitude to his mentor on Facebook.
On Twitter, FEU setter Kyle Negrito described that Pamilar has a “big impact” in her life. (Jan Carlo Anolin)
You have such a big impact in my life I hope you know that. You dont deserve this coach but you’re with Him now, no more sufferings..
— Kyle Negrito (@kylenegrito) January 12, 2019