WATCH: Adamson players reveal emotional moment in Padda’s exit

Beatrice Go
Adamson senior Joy Dacoron says the Lady Falcons were all shocked when coach Air Padda broke the news to them

EMOTIONAL. Veteran Joy Dacoron experiences a mid-season coaching change for the second time in her career. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Adamson Lady Falcons admitted they were heartbroken when former head coach Air Padda broke the news that she would no longer call the shots for the team. 

After noong kinausap si coach Air [ng management], kinausap din kami ni coach Air. Pumunta kami sa isang room na doon lahat emotional,” revealed senior middle blocker Joy Dacoron. 

(After the management spoke to coach Air, she broke the news to us. We went to a room and all of us were emotional.) 

According to Dacoron, it was a normal training day for the team when the management came to inform Padda of its decision to relegate her to a strength and conditioning coach after a winless start in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. 

The whole team was shocked with the management’s abrupt announcement after Adamson fell to a 0-3 hole early in the season. 

For the veteran player, this was the second time she endured a mid-season coaching change as former head coach Sherwin Meneses resigned after the first round of Season 78. 

But she also defended the Adamson management that it would not make a big decision with no reason. All decisions, she said, are for the team’s goal to bag a championship. 

Hindi rin namin alam ko ano ang dulot noon, pero we still have the goal to make Adamson proud lalo na yung goal ngayon na hindi ibabalik ‘yung dating talunan ang Adamson,” said Dacoron. 

(I don’t know what’s the reason behind the decision, but we still have the goal to make Adamson proud, and make sure that Adamson won’t go back to its losing ways.)

The Lady Falcons, though, kept Padda in mind during their breakthrough performance and dedicated their first win to the American coach. –


Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.