Napa a unanimous choice for Letran search committee
TOP OF THE CLASS. Jeff Napa beat out two collegiate assistant coaches and a school alumnus for his new post at Letran.
Colegio de San de Letran is hoping for a repeat – even down to the part when their once wonderboy first-year head coach departs right after winning the championship.
“Basta mag-champion, walang problema. Hanap nalang ulit ng bagong coach,” athletic director Fr. Vic Calvo kidded after the Knights welcomed on Tuesday their new coach in Jeff Napa who replaces now De La Salle University coach Aldin Ayo.
Joking aside, Calvo said they have full faith that their hire will work out once again – just like last year when they turned Ayo from an unknown commodity into a well-regarded champion. As he shared, “Kung ano yung ginamit naming formula kay Aldin, same process din naman ngayon.”
That process was spearheaded by a search committee which interviewed four candidates: Napa, Mapua Institute of Technology assistant coach Randy Alcantara, Adamson University assistant coach Mike Fermin, and Letran alumnus Elvis Tolentino.
In the end, however, it was the three-time UAAP Juniors champion coach who stood out. “Unanimous ang search committee kay Jeff,” the Knights’ athletic director said.
He also added, “Malalaman mo kasi sa interview. Iba yung dating niya.”
For his part, the new mentor of Letran said that everything still feels surreal for him. “Kala ko nung una, biro lang. ‘Di pumasok sa isip ko na totoo until tumawag na sila father – yun na pala, totoo na,” he said.
He then continued, “Lahat ng high school coach, siyempre gusto makapag-coach sa college. ‘Di ko lang akalaing ganito kaaga.”
According to Calvo, Napa’s contract to coach the Knights is for three years. His hire also brings to Intramuros the Nazareth School of National University coaching staff that includes Jay Agleron, Chico Manabat, and Leo Pujante.
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