June 06, 2024

A Second Chance: Dexter Clamor's journey to Alas Men

In the heart of every athlete lies a dream – a dream to represent their country on the grandest stage, to wear the national colors with pride and passion.

For Dexter Clamor, that dream flickered tantalizingly close in 2014, only to slip through his fingers.

But fate, it seems, had other plans.

Fast forward a decade, and Clamor finds himself on the cusp of redemption.

The head coach of Spikers’ Turf champion squad Cignal, Clamor's journey has taken a remarkable turn as he assumed the role of one of Sergio Veloso's assistants for the 2024 AVC Challenge Cup for Men.

Joining a stellar coaching lineup including the likes of Dante Alinsunurin and Odjie Mamon, Clamor could not help but be grateful.

“I’m blessed that I am surrounded by the best coaches in the country and one of the best coaches from Brazil. I’m learning a lot from their style and experiences as a coach," Clamor exudes.

But this journey, like many great stories, has its share of setbacks.

In 2014, Clamor was on the brink of national glory, named to the PLDT Home TVolution training pool for the Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship.

Yet, the call of personal responsibilities forced him to step back, to watch from the sidelines as others chased the dream he held dear.

"It was one of my biggest regrets," Clamor confesses.

“Of course, it’s every athlete’s dream na makasama sa national team.”

Yet opportunities have a curious way of presenting themselves once more.

And so it was that Clamor found himself in the national team albeit in a different role.

"Now, given this opportunity again, I'm really happy and grateful for this," Clamor beams.

"I will always thank God for opening the doors again and giving me this chance."