Pumaren promises Adamson first championship since 1977
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 04, 2015 02:02 PM
PUMAREN (after wearing the Adamson jacket): After all these years, we look good in blue rin pala.
By missing out on the playoffs for the fourth time in a row, Adamson University kept itself mired in the longest-running title drought in the UAAP.
Enter multi-titled mentor Franz Pumaren who pulled no punches in vowing to bring San Marcelino something it has last seen way back in 1977. “We’re not going to be hypocrites. We’re here to give Adamson a championship,” he said in the press conference on Friday that formally introduced him as the Soaring Falcons new head coach.
With the most daunting of challenges in his already prolific coaching career, the 51-year-old marks his return to the UAAP. He was at the helm of a De La Salle University outfit that won it all five times from 1998 to 2009.
That sort of success has eluded Adamson and it became no clearer to the multi-titled mentor when he visited the school museum. “I took a picture of the last championship which was in 1977,” he said.
He then continued, “My coaching staff and I, we won’t run away from challenges.”
In expressing nothing but confidence as he takes over a squad that turned in back-to-back last place finishes in the past two seasons, so did Pumaren earn the full backing of his new community. Even university president Gregorio Banaga Jr. kidded, referring to the titles his new coach won for his alma mater then, “I’m expecting at least six. Konti yung lima.”
Turning serious, Banaga said the school and its new coaching staff are in here for the long haul. “We don’t expect instant transformation, but we are optimistic that he will build us back into a competitive team so we could soar again,” he said.
Forming Pumaren’s staff are his long-time deputies Jack Santiago and Tonichi Yturri, first-time coaches Don Allado and Renren Ritualo, and Mike Fermin. The Falcons were handled by Fermin in the recently-concluded season.
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