Coach Jamike to take time away from National U after UAAP 82

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 30, 2019 01:57 PM
Coach Jamike to take time away from National U after UAAP 82
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Jamike Jarin will be walking away from the National University bench - for the meantime, at the very least.

The head coach himself said so after the Bulldogs’ last game in the UAAP 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Wednesday at MOA Arena.

“I've been (coaching) for 21 straight years, maybe it's time for me to step back a little,” he told reporters. “As of the moment, I'm not coaching anymore and I feel like, personally, the three years were enough.”

To make it clear, Coach Jamike is not categorically closing the door on a return to Sampaloc just yet.

What's certain, though, is that the always amiable mentor's three-year contract is over and whether or not he will be renewed is yet to be determined.

And what's certain as well is that Coach Jamike will take the next weeks taking care of himself. "The darkest hour is best before dawn. The sun will always rise," he said.

He then continued, "If you're asking me what's next for Coach Jamike, Happy Halloween! Trick-or-treat na!"

Whatever happens, the one-time NCAA Srs. champion and multi-time UAAP Jrs. champion coach, through three years, has guided National U to an overall 11-31 record. "I'm the head coach of this program for the past three years and I'm not making any excuses," he said.

He has also overseen the development of the likes of J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem as well as Ildefonso brothers Dave and Shaun and John Lloyd Clemente.

Whether or not Coach Jamike will still be calling the shots, he has no doubt that the blue and gold will return to relevance in no time. "If you're down and out, you just have to dust yourself and get up. This NU program will get up because you got a lot of skillful players, you got a lot of talent," he shared.

He then continued, "This program will definitely come up. It will be something to see."

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