NU's coach Goldwin wins gold for first time in UAAP Jrs.
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 22, 2019 06:36 PM
There's no doubt about it now, Goldwin Monteverde is a multi-titled mentor (FILE PHOTO)
For quite some time now, Goldwin Monteverde has been one of the best head coaches in all of high school.
Winning championships in the National Basketball Training Center, Palarong Pambansa, Metro Manila Basketball League, and the now-defunct Tiong Lian Basketball League, among others, coach Gold is already a multi-tilted mentor.
And that is even though he is yet to win it all in the UAAP.
That is, until now.
If there was one reason for the Bullpups’ dominant championship run in #UAAPSeason81, it’s because of this man. Head coach Goldwin Monteverde guided them all season long into becoming a well-oiled machine that not even Kai Sotto can take down. pic.twitter.com/teX563DTz0— Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Pebrero 22, 2019
Guiding Nazareth School of National University to a dominant championship that saw them go 16-1 overall while sweeping all four games they played against now-dethroned champion Ateneo de Manila High School, coach Gold is now a UAAP champion coach.
And in a pleasant surprise, the usually stoic coach was all smiles as he entered the post-win interview on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Of course, he only deserved to be all smiles. “Siyempre, masaya. It’s my first UAAP championship and yung pinagpaguran namin whole year, we’re very happy na, at least, na-accomplish namin,” he told reporters.
This is his first in five seasons – three of which he spent with Adamson High School while the last two years were with NU.
And thanks to his personal breakthrough, Coach Gold – cool, calm, and collected as he always his – can now celebrate. Asked what’s next for him and his team, he answered,
Despite his personal breakthrough, though, Coach Gold remained focused on the bigger picture. “As a high school team, ang goal namin is to keep yung players growing, learning,” he shared.
He was quick to add, however, “Pero magse-celebrate muna ako sa kanila.”
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