Derrick Pumaren moves on from UE; Alvin Pasaol mulling next move
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 22, 2017 10:23 AM
GONE. Derrick Pumaren will no longer call the shots for the UE Red Warriors.
The “Swaggy Pumaren” that gave some sort of new life to a floundering University of the East program is moving on.
According to sources, Derrick Pumaren has handed in his resignation as head coach of the Red Warriors.
This ends his four years at the helm at Recto.
Pumaren, fondly referred to as “Manong,” registered a record of 21-35 as shot-caller for his alma mater. He advanced to the Final Four in his first season, but failed to follow it up in the succeeding three.
However, their most recent season seemed to bring back fun to UE as the veteran mentor had a newfound fashion sense and became an endearing figure to the press and the public.
Also, Pumaren and the Red Warriors allowed scoring machine Alvin Pasaol to run wild – with one memorable moment coming when the latter scored a milestone mark 49 points against defending champion De La Salle University, no less.
Unfortunately, with Pumaren’s resignation, sources have said that Pasaol, who still has two years of eligibility, is thinking about his future with the team.
Recto’s main man and former head coach had developed a close relationship with the latter saying that the former is like a son to him.
As per Matthew Li of Tiebreaker Times, Pasaol is mulling a move to the PBA D-League.
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