Cabagnot looking to future as newest member of UP coaching staff

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 04, 2016 08:01 PM
Cabagnot looking to future as newest member of UP staff
WELCOME ADDITION. Alex Cabagnot has taken his talents to Diliman.

When the University of the Philippines were filing out of their locker room following their first outing in UAAP Season 79, coming out with them was Alex Cabagnot.

No, San Miguel didn’t have a playdate at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.

Cabagnot, at 33-years-old remains the starting point guard for the Beermen. And as such, his presence in the country’s premiere collegiate league was quite the question mark.

As it turns out, the four-time PBA champion has been part of the coaching staff of the University of the Philippines for around two months now. “I asked coach Bo (Perasol) if I could help out in UP in any way possible and he assigned me to the skills of the guards,” he explained.

Perasol was the coach of the Coca-Cola Tigers when Cabagnot was traded there back in 2008.

Asked what his official designation was, however, the Maroons’ newest staffer said there wasn’t any. “I guess I’m just part of the staff. I don’t have a label,” he said.

He then continued, “I just try to support and try to do my best to take time away from the schedule.”

Just what are the specifics of his schedule juggling playing for San Miguel and coaching for UP? “I make an effort to build a rapport with the guys because it’s not gonna be fair to them if I just show up once every two weeks,” he said.

He then continued, “So I pretty much show up twice, thrice a week depending on the San Miguel schedule.”

The former PBA Comeback Player of the Year admitted that this latest development has something to do him already thinking about what he will be doing once he hangs up his jersey. “It’s just another progression in my career,” he said.

And in Cabagnot’s view, his coaching career is already off to a good start as he learns under his former mentor. “As a beginning coach in the UAAP, he’s been teaching me a lot. He’s a great coach to learn from,” he said.


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