FEU-Diliman coach says championship feels like heaven
TASTE THE FEELING. While he has won more than a few championships before, last Friday was the first time Allan Albano was lifted up and carried around by his players.
Entering the press room for his post-win interview after winning the championship, head coach Allan Albano wasted no time in dropping a bomb.
“Sa mga napagdaanan kong championship sa Women’s, mas special ito,” the Far Eastern University-Diliman quipped, clearly setting reporters up for something.
He then continued, “Sa Women’s kasi, ‘di ako nabuhat e. Dito, nabuhat ako.”
Albano was the mentor of the Lady Tamaraws for four years before taking over FEU’s Juniors program in 2015. In the Women’s division, he won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2012.
Of course, it isn’t easy to carry the now two-division champion coach who is, to put it frankly, a large man.
Getting a taste of being lifted off the ground for the first time, however, Albano said, half-joking and half-serious, that this championship meant more to him. “First time ko ma-experience yun! Para akong nasa langit,” he expressed through chuckles.
Turning serious, the always humble Albano said he was just fortunate to have taken over an already-proven Juniors program. “Swerte ko na naging busy si coach Mike (Oliver) sa Batang Gilas. Na-assign ako sa Juniors ang napaka-blessed ko dahil yung program, okay na e,” he shared.
He then continued, “Napakadali na kasi lahat ng detalye, binibigay na nina coach Jojo (Lastimosa), Andy (De Guzman). Tapos nandyan din si Vic Pablo, Johnny (Abarrientos).”
And for the UAAP Juniors’ champion coach, this is just the start for him and the Baby Tamaraws. “For next year, maraming mawawala, pero kumpyansa kaming mag-step up lang yung iba pa namin,” he said.
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