Jarin: ‘San Beda chose me because I’ve been very successful’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 25, 2015 05:02 PM
Jarin: ‘San Beda chose me because I’ve been very successful’
MARRIAGE OF WINNING TRADITIONS. Jamike Jarin is all set to bring his personal winning tradition to the San Beda dynasty.

When your team is gunning for an unprecedented sixth straight championship, that is the exact opposite of an ideal time to hand over the reins to someone who will be in full control for the first time in the collegiate level.

However, San Beda College is not your usual defending champion and Jamike Jarin is not your typical new head coach. Feeling good about their chances with the triumvirate of Ola Adeogun, Baser Amer, and Art dela Cruz still in red and white, the Mendiola-based program entrusted its dynasty to someone who, put simply, boasts a winning tradition of his own.

The 44-year-old served for 13 years as head coach of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets and 15 years as assistant for the Ateneo Blue Eagles. He guided the Eaglets to eight titles in the Juniors division and collaborated in the Eagles’ own five-peat in the Seniors division.

The new mentor of the Red Lions is also part of Norman Black’s coaching staffs both in Meralco and Talk n Text. As if he needed even more feathers in his cap, Jarin steered the Batang Gilas to their most successful run in international competition with his Under-16 team earning a runner-up finish in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship while his Under-18 squad placed fifth in the 2014 tournament.

Stating the obvious, Jarin explained to ABS-CBN Sports why San Beda tabbed him, “I believe they chose me because, boasting aside, wherever I’ve been, I’ve been very successful.”

Indeed, it was always puzzling why it took such a long time for someone to give Jarin an opportunity with the track record he has. Now he has finally earned a break, the first time head coach in the collegiate level is pulling no punches and gladly took on the most intimidating of coaching posts.

The Red Lion community is expecting nothing less than a continuation of the dynasty established by Koy Banal and then Frankie Lim and reinforced by Ronnie Magsanoc and then Boyet Fernandez. Talking about the massive expectations, Jarin said, “Yes, there’s a drawback because of the expectations. Still, any coach that gets the chance to handle a program like San Beda can only be overwhelmed by the support and love they give.”

Moreover, the new San Beda coach feels boosted by the fact that there’s no better feeling than winning a championship for your alma mater. “My family, friends, and San Bedans told me, ‘Welcome back home.’ And I would love nothing more to give them a win,” Jarin told ABS-CBN Sports.

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