Arnulfo M. Meridadate posted: 2006-12-05 16:40:24
Full time PE faculty of AHS, 1991-present; Ateneo men’s football coach, 1997-present;
Ateneo Aspirants’ Team coach, 1993-present UAAP Football Tournament Coach of the Year in 2005
Coach Arnulfo “Ompong” Merida is an internationally-trained football coach who has brought a number of honors to the Ateneo High School, Loyola Schools, and various Philippine teams sent abroad to compete in tournaments.
He has attended the Modern Brazilian Football Coaching Course at the Brazilian Football Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1996; the Asian Football Confederation for Physical Conditioning Course at the Asian Football Confederation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2002; and the Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course by the National Olympic Committee at the PhilSports Complex in PasigCity, in 2001. He has been an Asian Football Confederation licensed coach since 2004.
Ompong is currently the head coach of the Ateneo Football Center (AFC), the feeder for all grade school and high school football teams in the Ateneo . He started out in 1986 as a trainer when the AFC was under the directorship of his mentor Christopher Monfort.
He has been a full-time faculty of the Ateneo High School (AHS) since 1991 and became head coach of the AHS Aspirants’ Team in 1993, a position he holds up to the present year, 2006. His sound coaching practices, coupled with passion, dedication, and hard work, has garnered unfailing championship titles for the team from beginning to present—a great feat for the young high school team which is sure to continue under coach Ompong’s tutelage.
The Ateneo Men’s Football Team of the Loyola Schools has also benefited from his expertise. As head coach from 1997 to the present, he has equipped the team with both the skills and the spirit needed for the UAAP games. Thus, the team went to the finals in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Championships came their way, meanwhile, from 1999 to 2006. He was the proud coach who steered the football team to a historic three-peat championship during the UAAP 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons.
International competitions also saw the coaching talent of coach Ompong. Because of his passion and love for the game, he was able to train the Aspirants’ and Men’s teams to competitions abroad. He served as head coach of the Philippine Team (Under-16) in the 1998 Lions City Cup in Singapore; Philippine Team-UAAP Selection in the 2000 ASEAN University Games in Bangkok, Thailand; and Philippine-Ateneo Team in the 2nd Asian Schools Football Under-15 Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand in 2005. In the Adidas Challenge World Finals in July 2006 in Berlin, Germany, he was appointed football consultant to the Ateneo team.
He also served as assistant coach of the Philippine Team-UAAP Selection in the 1997 ASEAN University Games in Brunei Darusalam where they bagged 3rd place (bronze medal); Philippine Team-UAAP Selection in the 2002 ASEAN University Games in Manila, where they bagged 3rd place (bronze medal); and the Philippine Team (Under-16) at the 1997 Lions City Cup in Singapore.
In Hanoi, Vietnam.in December 2006, Ompong will again be the head coach for the Ateneo football team that will represent
the Philippines in the Asean University Games for the third time.
With these achievements and accolades under his belt, it was only fitting that Coach Ompong was named UAAP Football Tournament Coach of the Year in 2005.