Getting champion coach Joe Silva just the first step in rebuild of UE basketball

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 28, 2018 07:31 PM
Getting Joe Silva the first step in rebuild of UE basketball
Joe Silva is poised to oversee the UE's basketball program - as head coach for the Srs. and as consultant for the Jrs.

After a number of false starts, University of the East finally has a new head coach all ready and all set to go.

According to several sources, the Red Warriors will be announcing the appointment of two-time UAAP Juniors champion Joe Silva as new head coach next week.

This, confirming the report first broken by Matthew Li of Tiebreaker Times.

Silva’s hiring will, at long last, put an end to the Recto-based squad’s long, long search for a replacement for former mentor Derrick Pumaren who resigned late last year. He registered a record of 21-35 in his four years at the helm for his alma mater.

Asked for comment, Silva responded, “We’re in talks, but nothing is sure yet.”

As per sources, though, UE is already certain to go all-in on a young coach coming off a UAAP Juniors championship with Ateneo de Manila High School in Season 80.

Following that championship, he stepped down from his position in late March.

In all, Silva won two championships for the Blue Eaglets, both near-season sweeps, and had a 77-20 overall record.

During all that, he had a hand in the development of the likes of Thirdy Ravena, Nieto twins Matt and Mike, SJ Belangel, Dave Ildefonso, and Kai Sotto.

Now, Silva takes the next step in his career as tactician in college basketball.

The good news for him is that both Alvin Pasaol and Philip Manalang will still be wearing red and white for at least one more season. Both are also already back in training after stints in the PBA D-League.

Still, sources said that Silva, along with team patron Bong Tan and team manager Lawrence Chongson, remain on the lookout for more talent – possibly even taking in a foreign student-athlete.

Along with being UE Seniors head coach, sources also said that Silva will be a consultant for the Junior Warriors who have been languishing at the bottom of the standings for almost a decade now.

Apparently, both the school and its newly-hired mentor are nothing eager for a culture change for UE’s Seniors and Juniors basketball programs.

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