Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Roger Gorayeb steps down as Ateneo Women’s Volleyball Coach

Roger Gorayeb steps down as Ateneo Women’s Volleyball Coach
by rick olivares

After five years, Roger Gorayeb stepped down as head coach of the Ateneo Women’s Volleyball Team.

In a conversation with Gorayeb, the veteran coach who has Lebanese origins explained that it wasn’t exactly a resignation but more of a leave of a leave of absence. “Tignan na lang natin after one year,” said the coach. “Napapabayaan ko na rin ang San Sebastian. Siguro dapat bumalik din ako sa alma mater ko na sobrang supportive sa akin lalo na itong mga huling panahon na ‘to.”

Gorayeb’s contract with Ateneo expired last March 31 but he continued to call the shots for the Ateneo Lady Eagles in the recent V-League tournament that saw them unable to defend their crown to National University.

Is money a concern? “Not only financial pero marami,” bared the coach. His son, Karl Fredreich, is a freshman at the Ateneo High School with a partial scholarship. He will need to earn a little more than what he is paid for coaching the college team if he is to be able to pay the tuition fee.

His assistant, Parley Tupaz is set to take over from him.

Gorayeb walks away after leading the Lady Eagles to two V-League titles and two UAAP finals appearances. “I asked for five years and although meron tayong narating medyo short din,” he said referring to the second place finishes to La Salle in the last two seasons.

He joined the team the same year that the Fab Five of Ateneo – Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio, Gretchen Ho, Jem Ferrer, and A Nacachi – entered as freshmen. “Hindi naman pinagusapan yun,” the coach laughed. “Nagkataon lang.”

Gorayeb served a one-year suspension from the NCAA for his involvement in a brawl at San Beda with Red Lions players after an altercation with one of San Sebastian’s men’s volleyballers. 


Here's a link to an article I wrote about Coach Roger several years ago. Game, set & life.

Personally, I feel that the coaches are vastly underpaid. Not just volleyball but all sports except basketball. Imagine even the Ateneo Men's Football Team... they lost their two assistant coaches from last season (coach Ryan went to UE while Joecil went back to Romblon) because the pay is incredibly low. Ah, sports fund?

Here's something I wrote on the Philippine Super Liga Day Two


  1. It's not Ateneo who funds the Basketball Team and most of the teams like Volleyball,Baseball and Football. The Basketball Team ( and the staff) is funded by MVP. Other teams are funded by other alumni, businessmen, businesses and anonymous donors.

  2. who gives half a scholarship? they should have given a full one instead as long as he doesn't fail.

    1. Have you ever applied for one? There are so many types of scholarships and trying to get a full one is very cut throat.

  3. i think they should raise the salaries of the coaches. :/ many of them devote so much and get so little in return.

  4. coach roger is the best!he turnaround ateneo