LA Mumar makes coaching return with Ateneo Women's Basketball Team

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 23, 2020 04:59 PM
LA Mumar makes coaching return with Ateneo Women's Team
(Photo courtesy of LA Mumar)

For the third time in five years, Ateneo de Manila University will have a new shot-caller for its women's basketball team.

This time around, the Lady Eagles are handing the keys over to youthful mentor LA Mumar.

This is a homecoming for him as he had suited up for the Blue Eagles in the early '00s and studied in the Katipunan-based school from grade school to college. "It's a blessing for me to get back to working in the sidelines. What makes this extra special is I get to coach in my alma mater," he said.

Prior to this post, he had been serving as collegiate basketball tournament director in UAAP 82.

And before that, he built up Lyceum of the Philippines University brick-by-brick into a legitimate contender in the NCAA Jrs.

It was under Mumar's stewardship that the Jr. Pirates discovered and then developed the likes of former Batang Gilas guard Mac Guadana and NCAA 95 MVP John Barba.

Now, he has another tall task ahead of him - that of rebuilding Ateneo into a legitimate contender.

After a Finals run in 2015, the Lady Eagles trudged through three straight four-win campaigns led by John Flores and then wound up with a 5-9 standing at the end of the most recent season helmed by Kat Quimpo. "We hope to surprise a lot of teams next season," their new coach said.

Helping Mumar in this tall task are key returnees Jhaz Joson and Jay Nimes. "We're losing half the team to graduation, but I'm very excited with this group because they are teachable. Jhaz and Jay, I think, will take their game to another level," he said.

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