Thai Bundit will return as Cool Smashers head coach

MULTI-TITLED Thai coach Tai Bundit will remain as head coach of Premier Volleyball League (PVL) powerhouse Creamline.

The Cool Smashers management is already arranging the return of Bundit from Thailand in time for the 2022 PVL Open Conference tentatively slated either next month or in March.

“It’s still Coach Tai (Bundit). Creamline is now fixing his working visa to enable him to enter the Philippines,” a source on Monday told The STAR.

Under Mr. Bundit, Creamline has hauled three PVL championships and a pair of runner-up finishes.

But Mr. Bundit and the Cool Smashers will come out on a mission as they aim to reclaim the crown from Jaja Santiago and the Chery Tiggo Crossovers, who topped last year’s Open Conference or the league’s first season as a pro in the Bacarra bubble in Ilocos Norte.

Creamline, along with the rest of PVL teams, are expected to return to practice soon as they prepare for the forthcoming conference.

The Cool Smashers will be bannered by many-time league MVP Alyssa Valdez, who was fresh from her stint in popular online reality show Pinoy Big Brother, two-time Finals MVP Jia Morado, Michele Gumabao, Jema Galanza, Diana Mae Carlos and Risa Sato among others.

Apart from Creamline Cool Smashers and Chery Tiggo, Petro Gazz, Choco Mucho, Sta. Lucia Realty, F2 Logistics, Black Mamba Army, PLDT Home Fibr, Bali Pure, Perlas and Cignal HD are the other teams also joining. — Joey Villar