Walls of Intramuros open for new Letran coach Napa

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 08, 2016 11:07 AM
Walls of Intramuros open for new Letran coach Napa
FEELING BLUE. Jeff Napa will stay in color blue while also welcoming the color red as he takes over in Intramuros.

Now, we know how Colegio de San Juan de Letran intends to replace the champion coach who bid them farewell.

The reigning kings of the NCAA got themselves another champion coach who is less than a week away from guiding his wards to their third title in the last five years.

Jeff Napa, only four days removed from Nazareth School of National University’s UAAP Juniors championship, was officially named as the new mentor of the Knights on Tuesday. “It is with much excitement that CSJL welcomes into our noble fold the new coach of our basketball team, Jeff Napa,” athletic director Fr. Vic Calvo said.

The most impressive achievement in the 35-year-old’s resume states that he established the Bullpups dynasty. Leading his boys to five straight Finals, winning it all thrice, he has more than enough championship pedigree.

Also a lieutenant for Eric Altamirano with the NU Seniors team, this will be Napa’s first head coaching job in the collegiate level. He will take over a defending champion that will expect greater things from Rey Nambatac now without Mark Cruz and Kevin Racal.

Ready to take on the challenge, the new mentor of the Knights vowed, “Kung ano yung na-achieve nila last year, tratrabahuin namin talaga.”

The NCAA’s defending champions were searching for a new coach following Aldin Ayo’s departure for De La Salle University last November. In only his first year on the job, the Letran alumnus ended for his alma mater a decade-long title drought.

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