Knights on next coach: ‘Dapat yung dadalhin kami sa tama’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 24, 2016 03:35 PM
Knights on next coach: ‘Dapat yung dadalhin kami sa tama’
MENTORSHIP. Letran is hoping for a coach who will guide them both on and off the court.

Nearly three months after Aldin Ayo unexpectedly departed Intramuros for Taft Avenue, Colegio de San Juan de Letran is yet to name a new head coach.

Sources have stated that candidates for the post include Nazareth School of National University head coach Jeff Napa and Adamson University assistant coach Mike Fermin, but team management has opted to keep mum on the matter.

Whoever it turns out to be, however, the current crop of Knights has quite a few ideas about the characteristics it will take to lead them in their upcoming title defense. As floor leader Mcjour Luib put it, “Dapat yung dadalhin kami sa tama.”

Luib then expounded that his statement refers to more than just basketball. Echoing his teammate’s sentiment, new King Knight Rey Nambatac said, “Dapat on and off the court, walang pagbabago yung pakikisama niya sa amin.”

Such puts an impetus on the next mentor of Letran to match, if not surpass, the philosophy Ayo professed during last year’s championship campaign. Right after they took the title last October, the then-rookie head coach expressed, “Sa programa namin, although we are a basketball team, pangatlo lang ang basketball sa priority namin. Number one, values. Pangalawa, academics. Pangatlo, basketball.”

He also added, “Setting aside all of these trophies, the most important thing we gained is we became closer to God.”

On the court itself, Nambatac shared that they hope their next coach will be all in on their team. Luib also agreed in saying, “Yung sobrang sipag magtrabaho and kayang ma-maximize yung talents ng team.”


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