Monteverde to take talents from Bullpups to UE Menís and Jrs. teams

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 16, 2018 06:17 PM
Monteverde to take talents from Bullpups to UE Menís, Jrs.
Goldwyn Monteverde has been tasked to oversee the return to relevance of both the UE Red Warriors and the UE Junior Warriors

Nazareth School of National University is bound to have a third head coach in two years.

That, of course, is after current mentor Goldwyn Monteverde wraps up a campaign that has the Bullpups second-seeded and still the biggest threats to undefeated Ateneo de Manila High School.

Monteverde and his wards are just awaiting the winner between Far Eastern University-Diliman and University of Sto. Tomas, but already have their sights set on the Blue Eaglets who are already in the Finals.

Whatever happens there, however, sources said that this will be Monteverde’s first and only season in the blue and gold.

At the end of NU’s season, Monteverde is set to be named as head coach for University of the East.

And not only will he have a say with the Red Warriors, he will also oversee the rebuild of the program of the Junior Warriors who have languished at the bottom of the standings for years now.

According to several sources, the Recto-based school granted Monteverde full control of its Men’s and Juniors basketball teams.

This is nothing but good news for the Red Warriors who haven’t been to the Final Four since 2009 as well as the Junior Warriors who are in the midst of their own 16-year playoff drought – if Monteverde will be able to translate his sterling record in the high school ranks onto the collegiate arena.

Monteverde made his name in the Juniors division, leading Chiang Kai Shek to multiple titles as well Adamson High School and then NU to contention.

Along with his on-court results, he also has an impressive track record in terms of player recruitment and development with the likes of Gerry Abadiano, John Galinato, Encho Serrano, Carl Tamayo, and Jonas Tibayan all having blossomed under his tutelage.

Of course, it is unlikely that Monteverde will simultaneously be the head coach of the Red Warriors and the Junior Warriors. It is most likely that he will install one of his trusted lieutenants in charge of UE High School.

What is certain, though, is that both the Red Warriors and the Junior Warriors will be under the guidance of Monteverde.

As for the Bullpups, they will be forced to undergo another coaching change – their second in two years.

This, following six stable years wherein they won three championships under Jeff Napa.

Napa ceded control to Monteverde in 2016 and now, the latter will leave a new hole to be filled.

According to sources, the school is already in the process of finding its new mentor.

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