Fernandez with tall task of replacing San Beda’s ‘dad’ in Jarin

Fernandez with tall task of replacing San Beda’s ‘dad’ Jarin
FATHER FIGURE. Jamike Jarin was much more than just a coach for San Beda.

Not only will Boyet Fernandez make his return to the Red Lions’ den with an unenviable responsibility of defending the championship, he will also have to fill the shoes of a man who was beloved as a fatherly figure.

“It’s so sad na wala na si coach Jamike. It’s like losing a dad,” Robert Bolick said when asked to react to head coach Jamike Jarin’s transfer from San Beda College to National University.

He then repeated, just for good measure, “So sad.”

Without a doubt, the 46-year-old touched the lives of his Red Lions in his two years mentoring them.

So much so that in one instance last season, Jarin had to wax philosophical just to illustrate their relationship. Sharing his pre-game pep talk before they downed Arellano University by 15 points, he said, “I asked them, ‘If I told you to go on top of the building and I told you to jump, would you jump?’ Everybody said we will jump.”

He then continued, “The reason why is because I will be the first one to jump and I’ll be there to catch them. If I don’t catch them, I already taught them how to fly.”

That is exactly why when the one-time NCAA champion coach said during training that he was taking the reins of the Bulldogs, San Beda was nothing but taken aback. As Javee Mocon shared, “We were really surprised na lilipat siya. Sobrang clueless namin.”

Still, however huge a role Jarin had played in their lives, Mocon assured the faithful over at Mendiola that they will welcome their new coach with open arms. “For us, nothing’s changed and we’ll embrace whoever our next coach is. We will still work our hardest,” he expressed.

For their now-departed mentor, Mocon had this to say, “We wish coach Jamike the best in the next chapter of his life. He knows that basketball is a small world so this is not goodbye.”

He then continued, “We’ll see you soon.”

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