Koy Banal being considered to be UE’s new head coach

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 21, 2017 03:19 PM
Koy Banal being considered to be UE’s new head coach
UE's basketball program needs a steadying hand and Koy Banal just may be the person to give it

Is a UAAP and NCAA champion coach just what University of the East needs to return to glory?

That possibility is just what Koy Banal is offering as he is one of those being looked at to take the reins of the Red Warriors.

Banal himself confirmed that he has thrown his name into the hat. “Yes, I’ve submitted my application,” he shared.

The Recto-based squad is searching for a new head coach after former mentor Derrick Pumaren handed in his resignation a month ago.

Pumaren registered a record of 21-35 in his four years at the helm for his alma mater. He did not advance into the Final four during his stint.

He leaves behind a lineup that needs improvement in virtually every area.

However, that lineup may also welcome back Alvin Pasaol who famously scored a milestone mark 49 points against defending champion De La Salle University and still has two years of eligibility.

While the burly forward has kept mum on whether or not he’s staying, Banal’s possible entry in UE may very well present another reason for him to stay.

Banal and Pasaol will be getting to know each other sooner than later as the former will coach the latter in Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

Along with that all-important connection to their main man, the Red Warriors will also undoubtedly welcome Banal’s extensive experience both in the collegiate and the professional ranks.

Banal won two UAAP championships for Far Eastern University and won one NCAA championship for San Beda College. He also served as bench tactician for the Barako Bull Energy and the Phoenix Fuel Masters.

That kind of steadying hand just may be what is needed for a program that has not been in the Final Four for three years and has not won the championship in over three decades. “UE is on a 31-year title drought. I’ve done it with San Beda after a 28-year title drought,” he said.

He then continued, “I know what to do and how to do it.”


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