June 19, 2018, 4:31 pm
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UE banks on Silva for turnaround in UAAP

BY tabbing youthful tactician Joe Silva as its new coach, University of the East is looking at the present with an eye out on the future.

“Coach Joe is young and I see that he is very industrious. He fits the bill and getting him as new UE coach is a no-brainer,” Lawrence Chongson, head of the Red Warriors’ basketball operations. told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday.

“It’s a process, a little by little process (to win a title), and we hope with coach Joe, we can succeed. Pero hindi magiging madali. Kailangang mabago ‘yung programa and kultura ng UE. I think mga four years ang timetable before we can achieve our goal,” he added.

Chongson, himself a former UE strategist who steered the Red Warriors to their last stint in the Big Dance in the UAAP in 2009, said Silva got the nod because of his youth and championship pedigree.

Silva is taking over from veteran coach Derrick Pumaren, who handled the Red Warriors for four years before resigning last December. 

Silva, 38, guided the Ateneo Blue Eaglets to two UAAP juniors titles and had a 77-20 record overall in his seven years at the helm.

He was appointed last May 1 to call the shots for the long-suffering Recto-based squad coming off a woeful season where it wound up with a 3-11 record for seventh place.

Also considered for the coaching post were Nazareth School of National University and Chiang Kai Shek’s Goldwin Monteverde and former pro league coach Koy Banal.

“Although may mga beteranong coaches na nag-apply, and originally gustong-gusto ni Mr. Bong Tan si Goldwin Monteverde, hindi nag-work out. And then, nabasa ko na nag-resign nga si Joe sa Ateneo High School. I didn’t know him pero pinag-aralan ko ding mabuti ang background niya,” said Chongson.

“I messaged him through messenger and nag-set up ako ng meeting sa kanya. He is young with a lot of promise and he won championships with Ateneo in the high school level and also an assistant coach for Tab Baldwin sa seniors team ng Ateneo.”

The Red Warriors are expected to rely mostly on prolific scorer Alvin Pasaol, Philip Manalang, Jason Varilla, and Mark Maloles in the 81st UAAP basketball tournament kicking off Sept. 8.

“May Pasaol and Manalang pa ang UE this season pero siguro we just want to build and try to find an import for the coming years,” noted Chongson.

UE last won a UAAP crown in 1985 under coach Jimmy Mariano and behind Allan Caidic and Jerry Codiñera, who turned out to be pro league greats.
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