Mas mapapabilis ang transition ko -- San Beda coach Fernandez
Mas madali ng kilalanin ang mga bata in preparation sa NCAA -- returning San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez on handling Cignal-San Beda in the D-League.
Returning San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez gets an early chance to buckle down to work with the Red Lions.
The mentor officially started his service with the Mendiola-based squad Tuesday during the 2016 PBA D-League Draft held at the PBA Café.
Handling Cignal-San Beda in the amateur league that will open its 2017 Aspirant’s Cup on January 19, Fernandez will use the tournament to familiarize with the Red Lions heading into the next NCAA season.
“Mas mapapabilis ang transition ko kasi nasa D-League na ‘yung San Beda,” said Fernandez, who before led NLEX to six D-League titles in seven conferences. “So mas madali ng kilalanin ang mga bata in preparation sa NCAA.”
Fernandez replaced Jamike Jarin, who resigned from his post after two seasons just a few months since steering the Red Lions to reclaiming the crown against Arellano University. Jarin took over San Beda’s reins from Fernandez, who led San Beda to two NCAA titles from 2013 to 2014, last year.
The 45-year old tactician said that he will inherit a new team considering most of the Red Lions he handled before already graduated.
“Kailangan ko ring mag-establish ng relationship with the players kasi konti na lang ang naiwan doon nu’ng nag-coach ako sa San Beda,” he explained. “Tapos konti na rin ang mga Team B na umangat. Medyo malaking responsibilidad at trabaho. Parang bago ito.”
Fernandez also clarified that his reinstatement as San Beda coach happened just a few days ago contrary to earlier reports.
“Actually naman talaga ang D-League ay preparation ko talaga sa pag-alis ko sa NLEX (as coach),” said Fernandez, who was replaced by Yeng Guiao as coach of the Road Warriors in the PBA this season. “Talagang D-League lang talaga ang puntirya nu’ng sitwasyon ko. But again the San Beda situation opened and it was boss MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan) who called me up two days ago to confirm that. Na-surprise nga ako na maraming lumalabas na OK na but again it was only confirmed two nights ago.”
“I’m happy that at least boss MVP still continues to trust me. I’m really excited to be back with San Beda,” added Fernandez.
He is in the same situation as before when he replaced Ronnie Magsanoc as San Beda head coach back in 2013. Magsanoc resigned from his post after leading the Red Lions to the crown in his rookie year.
“Pressured lang kasi again I’m inheriting a champion team,” said Fernandez. “Medyo pressured pero pagtatrabahuhan natin.”
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