Napa in talks with Letran, but also won’t be leaving NU
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 04, 2016 05:56 PM
WALLED CITY-BOUND? After winning another UAAP Juniors championship, Jeff Napa will now have to think about his discussions with Letran.
Jeff Napa and his Nazareth School of National University just left no doubt in wrapping up their second championship in the last three years, but he still has one crucial coaching call to make.
As has been rumored for a while now, the three-time UAAP Juniors champion coach is being wooed by Colegio de San Juan de Letran to fill the void left behind by Aldin Ayo.
For the first time, Napa acknowledged the speculations by telling reporters, “Ayoko muna isipin yun, pero nag-uusap na kami.”
He also added, “Ie-enjoy ko muna ‘tong championship na ‘to bago ako mabigyan ng problema sa kabila.”
Pressed to clarify what he meant by “kami” and “kabila,” the Bullpups mentor responded, “Letran, given na naman yun.”
Also currently a lieutenant for Eric Altamirano with the NU Seniors team, the opportunity with the Knights 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 and will no longer have Mark Cruz and Kevin Racal.
For their part, NU board member Nilo Ocampo said they are aware of the ongoing discussions between Napa and the Knights. “We’ll talk about it, but I think there are talks between him and Letran,” he said.
Nonetheless, Ocampo said that if they had their way, they still wouldn’t make any changes to the Bullpups’ coaching staff. As he put it, “As long as he (Napa) still focuses on our juniors program, it’s okay.”
Asked in a later interview if he will be able to handle such arrangement, Napa said with confidence, “Oo naman. Superman ako e!”
However, he also reminded everybody, “Kwentuhan pa lang naman lahat yun.”
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