Updated: Oct 19, 2021
Beach Volleyball Republic Co-Founder and former Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Open/Middle Hitter Charo Soriano is committed to fulfilling her burning passion in growing Philippine volleyball through grassroots development.
If she would be given a chance to be a president of something, Soriano admitted that she wanted to be the President of Grassroots Developmental Volleyball of the Philippines.
With this vision, she had initiated small steps to work on it by getting in touch with Sportsync, then working together with Spike and Serve PH to streamline a process in bringing high school and college players to the US for a scholarship program and collegiate volleyball.
“I’ve been thinking before that not a lot of players especially [those] that weren’t able to be recruited in an NCAA or UAAP school but they’re also really good, it might be an opportunity for them to learn there,” Soriano stated in the 2nd Episode of The Hang Time Podcast by Globally Ballin.
“[There’s] good exposure, good volleyball program [then] they could come back in the Philippines and help us in our national team,” she added.
Charo chatting with host Kassie G on Episode 2 of Hang Time
From being a player, Soriano transitioned her path as she is currently handling two semi-professional volleyball teams – BanKo Perlas for the Philippine Volleyball League (PVL) and Creamline Beach for the Philippines Beach Volleyball.
She started this journey as ADMU’s head coach during the 2011 Shakey’s V-League where they got the first championship title of the team under the said league.
This coaching campaign was huge for Soriano as it gave her a different responsibility.
“I remember crying during that time because I made the most stupid [mistake] a head coach would make,” she said.
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This mishap happened during their semifinal campaign where they won a game against the National University but was forfeited, technically, after elevating a reserve libero to a regular player which was a violation.
Reaction after coach Soriano and the Ateneo Lady Eagles won the 79 UAAP Championship
The incident was definitely a challenge for her as it was her first transition from being a player to being on the technical side of volleyball, but she considers these mistakes as the tool for her to learn more.
“I know a lot of things because I am not the best because I made so many mistakes and I [have] learned,” she said in the Hang Time episode.
Charo Soriano is the first guest of The Hang Time Podcast produced by Globally Ballin. With sports activities on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been enticed and amazed by Korean dramas’ cinematography and plot twists.
IG Live Q&A between Hang Time host Kassie G and special guest Charo Soriano. This video and more can be found on the Hang Time instagram page @thehangtimepodcast follow now for more content.
The entire interview of Charo Soriano (Episode 2 of Hang Time) can be found with the links below.
This piece was written by Carla Molina, a common contributor for Globally Ballin check out the link below to see all the articles by Carla Molina that revisit past episodes of the network in bring the story of the guests to article form as well.