Happy NU Year! Bulldogs’ first practice under Jarin set on Friday

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 04, 2017 07:34 PM
Bulldogs' first practice under Jarin set on Friday
FOR THE FIRST TIME. Jamike Jarin will hold his first practice as NU's head coach this week.

Jamike Jarin is now at the helm of National University’s basketball program.

And the new day in Bulldogs basketball will officially dawn on Friday.

Almost a month after reports named him as Eric Altamirano’s successor, Jarin again confirmed on Wednesday that he has relocated to Sampaloc.

More than that, he will be holding his first practice on Friday.

Standing alongside Jarin then will be a staff composed of Philippine basketball legend Danny Ildefonso, former pro cager John Ferriols, ex-Bulldog Cedric Labing-isa, and veteran coaches Dennis Llames and Ricky Reyes.

The 46-year-old has spoken few words about his latest appointment.

Now, Jarin has opened up. “It’s a dream to coach in the UAAP – yun ang one of the biggest reasons. And basically, it’s just a new challenge,” he said.

He then continued, “I’m a competitor kasi so I’d like to see myself in a new situation, in a new environment.”

Sampaloc’s new coach said he had already met with the players before the Christmas break. “Meet and greet lang. Alam na naman nila how I run things so I’m excited and I’m sure they’re excited also,” he shared.

Now all has been settled, Jarin is wasting no time in gearing up for their modest goal of making their way back into the playoffs. “Of course, we’d like to return to the Final Four and from there, we’ll see. No false promises,” he expressed.

Prior to his latest appointment, the fiery mentor steered San Beda College back to the championship in the most recent NCAA season. Before his two-year stint in Mendiola, he also led Ateneo de Manila High School to multiple titles.

Of course, it wasn’t easy leaving the Red Lion’s den. “It was hard to make the decision, but San Beda naman is losing only Dan Sara so I felt I will be leaving them very competitive,” Jarin said.

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