NCAA Finals: Credit to San Beda's 'underrated' coach Boyet

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 12, 2018 09:10 PM
NCAA Finals: Credit to San Beda's 'underrated' coach Boyet
Boyet Fernandez is one of the most hardworking, if not the most hardworking, coaches in college

Boyet Fernandez has now won four championships for San Beda University.

That ties him with Frankie Lim for the most number of titles in this modern-day red and white dynasty.

Still, the always amiable mentor has never been mentioned alongside the likes of Lim, now with University of Perpetual Help, as well as Ateneo de Manila University’s Tab Baldwin and University of Sto. Tomas’ Aldin Ayo as one of the best shot-callers in college.

That has to change – and Red Lions’ team manager Jude Roque was adamant about that. “I want to give credit to coach Boyet. I think coach Boyet is one of the most underrated coaches, but in my opinion, he is a top three college coach in the country,” he told reporters after they won another three-peat on Monday at the MOA Arena.

He then continued, “He’s probably second only to coach Tab Baldwin.”

Indeed, coach Boyet once oversaw Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun’s first few years before coaching for NLEX in the PBA.

As lady luck didn’t smile on him in the professional ranks, he went back to Mendiola and then proceeded to turn Robert Bolick from a self-proclaimed “bench player” into a superstar as well as Javee Mocon into a top-flight forward.

Along with that, he is a perfect 4-0 in the Finals.

An old adage goes that defense wins championships and all throughout those four championships, a disciplined defense has been coach Boyet’s trademark. “Since last year, we’ve been the number one defensive team. It’s really been our defense that’s been winning championships,” his team manager said.

Of course, San Beda has always been great at recruitment, but the multi-titled mentor couples all the talent that he has with a game plan built on tireless scouting. In fact, he has always been a fixture in other team’s games as he’s always the first one to scout his opponents.

And so, those are just a few reasons why, without a doubt, Roque is right. “Now, he’s a four-time NCAA champion coach and I don’t think he’s getting enough credit. I really believe he deserves more credit than he is getting,” Roque said.

With coach Boyet having just won his latest title, indeed, it is high time to put him right beside the likes of coach Tab, coach Aldin, and coach Frankie.

Credit to you, coach. Credit to you!

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