ANTHONY “Tony Boy ” Liao will assume the role of chairman of the National Team Department of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Inc. (PNVFI) when he returns this year.
Liao was tasked to head the most sensitive position in the newly-formed national sports association for the sport, whose officers were inducted into office yesterday by Philippine Olympic Committee President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino in Taguig City.
PNVFI President Ramon “Tats” Suzara said Liao was chosen for his experience and involvement with the national team that won the women’s gold medal in the 1993 SEA Game in Singapore.
“Mr. Liao was a former manager of the national team for many years,” Suzara said. “He also managed two of the most successful collegiate teams, De La Salle and Ateneo.
“He has a vast experience in managing teams and players and is highly-versed on volleyball rules,” he added.
Liao is still in the US but joined the PNVFI’s first board meeting—three days after securing the recognition of the International Volleyball Federation—online.
“Thank you very much,” Liao, 64, said. “It’s a privilege to head the department and I know that the task is challenging but I promise to do my best.”