Joe Silva steps down as head coach a day before UE's first game in UAAP 82

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 03, 2019 03:21 PM
Silva steps down as head coach a day before UE's first game
UE has yet again shuffled its cards in terms of its coaching staff

For the second straight season, University of the East will be undergoing a coaching change.

Joe Silva has stepped down after his first and only year as head coach for the Red Warriors. "Since management has decided to move in a different direction, I am resigning as head coach of UE," the youthful mentor said.

After a successful stint as shot-caller of Ateneo de Manila High School, the crown jewels of which were two championships, Silva guided UE to a 1-13 record in a year wherein Alvin Pasaol and Philip Manalang were the only capable and confident weapons in their arsenal.

Things seemed to be looking up this time around, however, as the Red Warriors are now a fully loaded team steered by steady Manalang and strengthened by 6-foot-9 Senegalese Alex Diakhite, Hope Christian High School standout Harvey Pagsanjan, three-time champion and two-time MVP in CESAFI Rey Suerte, ex-Jose Rizal University super scorer Jed Mendoza, former Ateneo de Manila University forward John Apacible, defensive stopper Neil Tolentino, and Filipino-Kiwi swingman Ritchie Rodger.

Now, however, the red and white will have to adjust to a brand new head coach just a day before they start their season opposite University of Sto. Tomas on Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.

Meanwhile, the staff made up of ex-pros Paul Artadi, Estong Ballesteros, and Rob Labagala as well as new Jr. Warriors mentor Anton Brodett remains in place.

For his part, Coach Joe went on to say he will take some time off before making his next move.

What's certain, though, is that he will only be better after this. "I will continue to work on my craft and learning and improving so I will be better in what I do," he said.

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