UAAP: Coach Goldwin's genuine gold and biggest win? His players
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 26, 2019 08:30 PM
Goldwin Monteverde has been golden and has been a winner on and off the court
What do you get when you put gold and win together?
Well, a coach who has become champion in each and every league he has competed in.
From the UAAP to the NBTC, from the Metro Manila Basketball League to the Palarong Pambansa, Goldwin Monteverde and his teams have always, always had a winning tradition.
And yet, despite the winning tradition, the talented tactician has remained an enigmatic individual in the eyes of just about everybody outside Nazareth School of National University and Chiang Kai Shek College.
That's because amidst all the success, Coach Gold will never be one to express much emotion on or off the court.
During interviews, his responses are platitudes such as the classic "We'll take it one game at a time" as well as the tried and true "We still have things to work on."
And during games, his demeanor remains stoic whether the Bullpups or the Blue Dragons are way up or whether they are chasing down an opponent.
Safe to say, in the way that Monteverde is a man of many, many wins, he is, at the same time, a man of few, few words.
As it turns out, though, Coach Gold has a phrase or two for his wards during games and practices - everybody else just doesn't hear them.
"Actually po, grabe po si Coach Gold magalit sa amin sa game at sa ensayo," NU captain Gerry Abadiano shared. "Pero alam naman po namin lahat na yung galit niya sa amin, gusto lang niya kaming mag-grow."
Of course, for a team to impose its will just like they Bullpups have this year, the youngsters need to be steered onto the right track by their mentor.
They get just that, and more, even though the rest of us don't see it through and through.
"Totoo pong tao kasi si Coach Gold kaya kung anong nakita niya, yun yung sasabihin niya," gunslinging guard Terrence Fortea said. "Makakarinig ka talaga kay Coach Gold kapag 'di mo inayos. Kilala ka niya e kaya alam niya kung naglalaro ka nang maayos o hindi."
Fortea was quick to add, though, that all the players know that is just how their shot-caller gets the best out of them. As he put it, "Ang lagi naman niyang sinasabi sa amin, ano man ang way ng pananalita sa amin ng coaches, pagalit man o mahinahon, lagi naming iisiping para sa amin naman yun."
Still, the fact remains that, to you and me, Coach Gold doesn't have that much to say.
Perhaps, that's all because Coach Gold's track record can make all the noise for him.
We all know about the breakthrough championship in the UAAP, the formalization of being NCR's representatives in the upcoming Palarong Pambansa, the making of history in the NBTC - and that's just in the first three months of this year.
More than that, though, he has also quite the credentials in terms of discovering and then developing talent.
At present, 24 different players from 10 different collegiate teams were mentored at one point by Monteverde.
Most of them, of course, are in NU led by the likes of solid forward Jonas Tibayan as well as gunslinging guards JV Gallego, John Galinato, and Migs Oczon.
Many of them, though, have also found success in other schools such as Encho Serrano who took flight in De La Salle University and Jimboy Pasturan who found a niche in College of St. Benilde as well as San Sebastian College-Recoletos key cogs Kevin Baytan, Alex Desoyo, and Jessie Sumoda.
And in the next recruiting class, Coach Gold will also have three of the top blue-chip recruits in Abadiano, Kevin Quiambao, and Carl Tamayo.
Before he had all this embarrassment of riches in terms of talent, though, Monteverde had to scour the country for each and every one of them.
Of all high school programs, NU has now proven to be the most adept at unearthing hidden gems.
After all, the trademark of Coach Gold's teams has been key contributors coming from all over the country.
Take, for example, the current iteration of the Bullpups fronted by Ilonggo Abadiano, Muntinlupa pride Quiambao, Cebuano Tamayo, and Mandaluyong's own Fortea.
That also goes for CKSC's last championship team which boasted of Bulakenyo Gallego, Davaoeno Oczon, Pasig’s Tibayan, and Manila’s Fran Yu.
For all of them, the decision to move to Manila, be it Sampaloc or Tondo, was, of course, a difficult one, but made so much easier because of Monteverde.
"Hearing the news na pupunta na ako ng Chiang Kai, my coach from Davao then said na I'm gonna be in good hands with Coach Gold," Oczon shared. "From Chiang Kai to NU naman, at first, I was reluctant pa, pero nung kinausap ako ni coach Gold and in-explain niya yung plan for me, nawala na lahat ng doubts ko na sumama sa kanya sa NU."
Indeed, from being a rising star with the Blue Dragons, Oczon established himself as a shining star with the Bullpups.
Abadiano has had the very same experience.
"Yung pamilya ko po yung pinakamalaking rason kaya ako nandito ngayon," he said. "Pero isa rin po si Coach Gold sa mga rason ko."
Just why is that? Because time and again, coach Gold has shown just how to squeeze the juice out of his players.
Tamayo had always been a tall kid.
Back in Cebu, though, nobody would have found him on basketball courts and instead, he was most often playing billiards
Once he went with Coach Gold, however, he wasted no time in realizing his potential, even bagging the Rookie of the Year back in UAAP 78.
The same story also goes for Serrano who was passed over by all of University of the East, Mapua High School, and La Salle Green Hills before exploding onto the scene in UAAP 79 when he was even recognized as the top high school player in the country.
Without a doubt, Monteverde puts his youngsters in the right positions to succeed - whether that be a modern big man who takes up space all over the court like Tamayo or a wildcard imposing his will from end to end like Serrano.
More than X's and O's, though, it's the motivation Coach Gold gives that pushes his wards into breaking out.
"Marami po talagang tinuturo sa amin si Coach Gold. Ang pinakanagustuhan ko po is kailangang matatag kami dahil ang buhay, hindi naman fair yan," Fortea said. "May ups and downs yan so dapat matatag ka. Tulad lang sa basketball, wala namang perfect game so kung ano man ang mangyayari, wag kang titigil."
"Marami akong lessons na nakuha kay Coach Gold, pero yung best is to don't quit," Oczon shared . "Yan talaga yung turo sa amin e. no matter how hard the situation is, dapat hindi talaga kami bibitaw."
Abadiano can only agree. "Ang biggest lesson ko po galing kay Coach Gold is kahit ano mang gagawin mo on o off the court, ibigay mo yung best mo. No matter what happens sa outcome, kailangang merong disiplina sa sarili."
And remember, these lessons go not only on the court, but more importantly, off the court.
Mix all that together, and out comes a coach who has only lived up to his name - becoming synonymous to both gold and win.
And who knows, reigning over the high school ranks is just the start for him.
For his players, if and when Coach Gold brings over his recipe for success to the higher levels of play, he will be just as successful - if not more. "Ako, naniniwala akong saan man mapunta si Coach Gold, yung winning tradition, nandun pa rin," Fortea said.
Does Oczon agree? "Yes. 100 percent," he responded.
Still, his wards also reminded that more than the gold and more than the win, something else matters more. "Lagi nga pong sinasabi sa amin ni Coach Gold na ang inner victory ang pinakamahalaga. Kung ano man ang mangyari, talo o panalo, kung binigay namin yung lahat, yun ang tunay na panalo," Fortea said.
In that case, Coach Gold also comes away a winner, having formed bonds with his players that will always be wherever they end up.
"Yung relationship namin lahat kay Coach Gold is real. Personally, he has been there for me ever since," Oczon said. "Minsan, pumupunta ako ng practice nila para lang to talk about things. Ganun yung relationship naming lahat."
"Si Coach Gold, second father na po para sa akin pati rin sa mga teammates ko," Abadiano said.
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