Chris Gavina considering being architect of UE’s rebuild

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 23, 2018 08:34 PM
Chris Gavina considering being architect of UE’s rebuild
Chris Gavina has interest in becoming UE's next head coach

It’s true, University of the East is looking at Chris Gavina as head coach.

The confirmation has come from Gavina himself. “I’ve had a conversation with a representative of UE over the phone. The position was explained to me that it is open and that they are considering me,” he told reporters on Friday.

This, a day after reports broke out that the former Kia head coach was being considered as the new mentor for the Red Warriors.

For now, however, Gavina made it clear that the two sides are just in preliminary talks. As he put it, “Details of the position haven't exactly been hashed out. Let’s just say it has been presented to me.”

He then continued, “ Am I gonna take it? I mean, if the opportunity is there, I’m never one to just not be open to see my options.”

Still, the 39-year-old made it clear he has interest in UE as well – even if the school has long been rebuilding. “If it’s an opportunity to turn a program or culture around, I’ll definitely consider it. Coaching is all about being able to make an impact on young players’ lives so if I get that opportunity, I’ll definitely consider it,” he shared.

Working in the Recto-based school’s favor is that Gavina just so happens to be coaching one of their alumni at present. “I’ve really been asking about the program. Paolo Hubalde is one of my players and he’s really trying to push me towards the direction of taking (the job),” he said.

Gavina and Hubalde are both with the Valenzuela Classic who are in the midst of a playoff push in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

For now, however, the young coaching mind says he is still in the process of weighing his options. “My concentration right now is on our (Valenzuela) next game. With the MPBL playoffs going on, I’m kind of spending a lot of time with game preparation,” he said.

He then continued, “Hopefully, I’ll be able to think about it (UE) over the Holy Week.”

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