Monteverde resigns as NU coach

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    NO more “team of the future.”

    Goldwin Monteverde has resigned as coach of both Nazareth School of National University and National University yesterday amid a rift over team sponsorship.

    A team insider told Malaya-Business Insight that Monteverde’s coaching staff was informed of the resignation of the champion Bullpups tactician, which management has accepted, last Sunday night.

    “Yes (the coaching staff was informed). With or without the players na lumabas, may team pa rin ang NU,” said the insider.

    “Hindi siguro na-resolve iyong situation,” the insider added.

    In a stunning turn of events, NU high school standouts Carl Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano, and Kevin Quiambao left the school last Aug. 1, with the blessings of Monteverde, their coach in the high school ranks.

    The 6-foot-7 big man Tamayo and 6-foot guard Abadiano transferred to University of the Philippines, while the 6-foot-8 Quiambao, a center, moved to La Salle.

    With Monteverde calling the shots and behind Tamayo, Abadiano, and Quiambao, the Bullpups annexed their second straight title against Far Eastern University-Diliman in the UAAP juniors cage wars last March via a 16-0 season sweep.

    Tamayo was named finals MVP, while Quiambao finished runner-up to Adamson High School’s Jake Figueroa in the MVP race.

    Tamayo, Abadiano, and Quiambao were seen as future vital cogs for the Bulldogs after Monteverde replaced Jamike Jarin at NU’s helm last November.

    But a disagreement over sponsorship and control of the squad led to the exodus of the three NU high schools stars and Monteverde.