Macaraya asks for 2-3 years to get Baste back on track

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 18, 2016 07:36 PM
Macaraya asks for 2-3 years to get Baste back on track
THE PROCESS. Egay Macaraya said San Sebastian needs a little bit of time before having the same winning tradition he cultivated in CEU.

If there ever was one resume perfectly qualified for a spot in the big leagues, Egay Macaraya has it.

The 50-year-old was the foundation for Centro Escolar University’s dominance in the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (NAASCU) where they won the league championship three times.

Not only that, the even-keeled mentor also guided CEU-backstopped CafeFrance to a title in the PBA D-League against a Hapee side bannered by Ola Adeogun, Troy Rosario, and Scottie Thompson.

At long last, Macaraya’s credentials have finally let him back into one of the most stories programs in all of collegiate sports – San Sebastian College-Recoletos. Early in the year, he was named the school’s new shot-caller, tasked to find a way back to the glory days Recto had last seen during the Calvin Abueva era.

Making his new job even sweeter, the multi-titled mentor in NAASCU will now be handling the squad he once played for. He won an NCAA championship as a Golden Stag back in 1985.

Asked why he left behind the dynastic Scorpions for a San Sebastian side which has failed to make the playoffs for four years in a row, Macaraya answered, “Isa akong alumnus, kaya ako bumalik to try and help my  school.”

He then continued, “Wala naman akong problema sa rebuilding kasi very cooperative naman ang lahat dito.”

Amidst all the good vibes, however,  Macaraya kept it real with his alma mater. As he put it, “While focused kami na makuha ulit yung winning tradition, I let them (school officials, students, and alumni) understand na this is a new team.”

He then continued, “Sabi ko, it requires two to three years, pero rest assured na everybody is working hard.”

One of those players working hard is Michael Calisaan. In the same way that Macaraya is being looked at as the Stags’ next great coach, the third-year do-it-all forward is being seen as their newest shining star.

Talking about their intertwined paths, Calisaan shared, “Last year, habang consultant pa lang si (coach Egay), mino-motivate na niya ako kung down ako sa pagsabing, ‘Mike, ‘di mo pa panahon ngayon. Pag panahon mo na, dun ka na nila makikilala talaga.’”

He then continued, “Siguro ngayon na nga yung panahon ko kasi pinagkakatiwalaan niya ako ng ganito.”

For his part, the San Sebastian coach reiterated that he sees nothing but big things for Calisaan. “Michael is a very good player and I’mnot worried about him. Ang inaayos ko nga ngayon is yung second uniit para matulungan si Michael,” he said.

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