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ESCALERA JR.
11-25-2006, 09:20 PM
KNIGHTS NEXT COACH...

Not that coach Louie ALas is being sacked or something, he has at least 2-3 more yrs left in his contract with the Knights. We all know Alas has done very well as mentor to then promising cagers now strutting their wares in the pros like Kerby, Calaguio, Andaya, Enrile to name a few.

But like the proverbial cliche, "all good things must come to an end" one bad season for him and his contract might be halted.

Just a hypothetical question... What if coach Louie A's contract expires today, who do you think would be the best possible replacement?

Should the criteria be limitted only to former Knights who donned the Letran jersey or just about anyone with credentials who can equal if not surpass his achievements.

The ff would be the best choices...
Rino Salazar, former asst. coach-Ginebra
Jing Ruiz, Squires champion coach; Elmer Latonio, his deputy
pwede rin si Freddie Webb...
Samboy Lm, di pwede... sobrang mahiyain

Wang-Bu
11-30-2006, 10:11 PM
Ganito ang tingin ko diyan Sir Escalera:

Una, mas maganda sana kung isang kasalukuyang assistant coach na ni Coach Louie ang papalit sa kanya, gaya na nga ni Coach Jing. Sa ganang akin lang naman ay mas mainam na galing na mismo sa program ang papalit kay Coach Louie para naman hindi na magpapakiramdaman pa ang bagong coach at ang mga player, lalo na sa mga recruit at mga nasa Team B.

Kung hindi man galing sa program, dapat naging active na coach siya sa NCAA, UAAP o PBL nitong huling dalawang taon. Mas mabuti ng kahit papano ay up to date ang coach sa mga nangyayari sa mga amateurs, kaysa naman biglang huhugot ng kung sino na bagama't nag-coach na dati ay matagal (higit dalawang taon) wala sa sirkulasyon. So ewan ko lang kung pupwede sa ganitong sukatan sina Coach Rino Salazar o kahit si dating senador Freddie Webb, o kahit si Skywalker bagama't meron naman din siyang pinapatakbong basketball camp.

Kung purong-purong outsider man ang kukunin ng Letran, ito ang mga tingin kong bagay mag-coach sa isang program na kasing galing ng sa Knights: ALEX COMPTON - Mas Pinoy pa kaysa sa ibang tunay na Pinoy, magaling na player at matalinong dumiskarte, marunong magturo ng laro. Hindi mahirap para sa mga player na makibagay sa kanya at marunong din siyang makibagay sa mga player ngayon.

ESCALERA JR.
12-01-2006, 05:01 PM
Yan ay isang napakagaling na kuro-kuro, Ginoong Wang Bu.

Si Alex Compton, ang tinaguriang "Mr.Heartbreaker" ng PBL ay isang mahusay na kandidato. Bagamat hindi siya napagbigyan maglaro sa PBA, sana naman ay bigyan ng pagkakataon makapag-coach sa Amateur basketball.

At kung sa kampo ng Letran Knights siya mapadpad, isang malaking karangalan para sa amin. Siguradong hindi na siya
mahihirapan makibagay dahil pawang mga cowboy ang mga estudyante at manlalaro, pati na rin mga alumni, pihadong magugustuhan siya.

Eh kung si Idol Jawo na lang kaya, eh di lalo na mas OK ;D

Sam Miguel
12-01-2006, 05:55 PM
Are there any candidates actually being interviewed and/or applying for the job Escalera?

ESCALERA JR.
12-01-2006, 07:26 PM
Not really. As ive said, Alas has at least 2 more yrs as Knights coach.

I was just toying with the idea that when the time comes he steps down who the probable candidates would be.

Any suggestions, sam?

Kid Cubao
12-01-2006, 08:42 PM
ibalik si larry albano ;D

Wang-Bu
12-01-2006, 08:46 PM
OK nga sana kung si Big J ang makuha niyo Sir Escalera. ;D

Pero bukod kay Alex Compton meron pang iba diyan, gaya ni Coach Boni Tan kung makukuha niyo siya mula sa Lyceum. O kaya mga dating Letran Knights gaya nina Anton Villoria, John Prior o Billy Moody, pwede na din sigurong idamay dito si Francis Arabit. Hasa din ang mga ito sa sistema ni Coach Louie, kaya hindi na gaano suliranin na maka-adjust kagad ang players sa kanila at sila din sa mga players. Ang mahalaga kasi matuloy-tuloy 'yung disiplina at paggalang na nataguyod na ni Coach Louie sa Knights. Basta merong disiplina at paggalang tiyak na malayo parati ang mararating ng isang koponan. *

skywalker
12-05-2006, 04:26 PM
In reference to the topic, i prefer Itoy Esguerra. Names like Jerry Gonzales, Billy Moddy is also ok. But in case di pwede si Itoy, i hope FERNANDO "DONG' LIBED will coach our beloved Knights. I'm sure after Samboy Lim, he's the most popular Knight in the 80's era. I still remember THE SHOT during the 1987 season. With Art Ayson and Tino Pinat serving as his deputies, the Knights will be there fighting.

ESCALERA JR.
12-05-2006, 05:09 PM
Si Itoy esguerra nga pala. Among the former Knights, he is the one with the most coaching experience...was it wth the UE Warriors. Jing Ruiz is another one, so is former 70's knight Molet Pineda. Nemie Villegas is too old to coach a varsity team.

Other names mentioned here like Libed, Moody, Arabit, Prior were once above-par players during their time but have no coaching experience to speak of, while Villoria is still active in the PBA.

Pwede pa siguro si JP Pacheco who i saw several times with the Letran bench joining the coaches huddle in the sidelines. If im not mistaken, he is part of the SMC group of Eric Altamirano doing provincial sorties with former PBA players.

MVBA
12-22-2006, 02:35 PM
Other names mentioned here like Libed, Moody, Arabit, Prior were once above-par players during their time but have no coaching experience to speak of, while Villoria is still active in the PBA.
* * *Anton Viloria is currently employed as an assistant coach for defense of reigning Mindanao Division Champion Holcim Pryce Pharma-MisOr in the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA).* He has been detached from the PBA since last July.

danny
12-30-2006, 02:09 AM
Happy New Year Escalera at mga katoto nating Letranista!

Animo San Beda!

Arriba Letran!

letranense1620
01-01-2007, 01:09 AM
^

Same to you po. Cheers!!! :)

Arriba Letran!!!

Animo San Beda!!!

arriba95
02-21-2007, 04:08 PM
any former knight will do :)

according to a sports news item, coach louie is one of those being eyed by chot reyes to coach the national team in the upcoming SEABA. if he gets appointed, this might affect his stint with toyota otis and team letran

ESCALERA JR.
02-05-2008, 09:21 PM
How many more years left in his contract? Not many i guess.

Coach L.Alas has been with Team Letran for over a decade now( since 1998) and pretty sure his time as Knights bench tactician would soon come to pass.

I just hope when the inevitable comes, hoping too that would be later rather than sooner and if ever he seeks greener pastures in the PBA, he passes the torch to his annointed deputies para naman meron continuity ang systemang nakasanayan na.

I also hope he leaves on a winning note.

Maybe a Championship in S84 would be fitting ;D???

oca
02-06-2008, 09:46 AM
Kahit anong team pa ang hawakan ni L. Alas other than Letran, basta hindi sa PBA, my gut feel is he is there to stay. Infact, kung walang lang prohibition on PBA head coaches handling NC' teams ( Or is it the other way around? ), kahit may kumuha sa kanya sa PBA, deep in him and within the Letran team handlers they would keep him as Knights HC kung pwede.

Recent reports had it that he is the new head coach of Hapee. Palagay ko hindi happy ang ibang PBL teams sa dev't na ito..... ;D ;D ;D

One good team now being handled by one damn good coach...

At kung ako ay isang Letranista, I'll say whisper this selfish prayer...(nagdasal pa.... ;D) ...Sana kahit kailan ay hindi na mapunta si coach sa PBA. ;D ;D

stonecold316
02-08-2008, 01:23 AM
Kung ako sa Letran huwag na pakawalan si Coach Alas. Mabait na very intelligent pa na coach. Mantakin mo, he was able to bring Letran back in the NCAA finals with a young but talented line-up? Sa pinakita niya, he deserves to stay as head coach for at least 10 years.

stonecold316 ;D ;D ;D

ESCALERA JR.
02-09-2008, 03:35 PM
With 2 of his sons playing for the Letran Squires, it would be safe to assume he would stay a bit longer...maybe past this decade when Kevin & Kris join the father/coach as future Knights.

Kung sakali, magandang kartada iyan...Tatlong ALAS...mahirap talunin ;D.

nash_bedista
02-09-2008, 04:01 PM
Ang tanong eh, mag iistay ba sila sa Team B? Tradition na ni Coach Alas na pag may bago, mag Team B ka muna khit na magaling na player ka.

Rafiboy_05
02-09-2008, 09:41 PM
Ang tanong eh, mag iistay ba sila sa Team B? Tradition na ni Coach Alas na pag may bago, mag Team B ka muna khit na magaling na player ka.


yung isang anak ni Coach Louie (J. Alas) nasa Knights Team B na ngayon. si Kevin di pa graduate kaya nasa Squires pa rin

mighty_lion
02-09-2008, 10:02 PM
OT: Si Noble ba nasa Team B ng Knights?

ESCALERA JR.
02-10-2008, 08:31 AM
TRIO ALAS and Pares KING (King Cabonce and Noble King)...aba...FULL HOUSE na ;D

danny
02-10-2008, 09:14 AM
TRIO ALAS and Pares KING (King Cabonce and Noble King)...aba...FULL HOUSE na* ;D


Suko na. ;D

Ibang laro naman. :D

stat
02-10-2008, 09:33 AM
paki confirm naman, alam ko kung hindi napa champion ni alas nuong 2005 ang letran dapat pupunta with adamson, its like a verbal agreement, kasi coach ng adamson ung utol nya si mel, dahil napachampion nga, nagkaroon ng bagong contrata si alas at hindi na nagawang lumipat, kaya talsik naman si mel sa adamson, nakikita ko pa nga sa tv at sinabi ng sportscaster na consultant si L.alas noong 2005 ng adamson,while being h.coach of letran.

ESCALERA JR.
02-10-2008, 06:47 PM
^True, winning the NCAA in 2005 changed everything. In the midst of the euphoria and celebrations, an extention was offered. It might have been another story had Letran lost, but as things turned out nabigyan nga ng another lease on life.

Adamson could have benefited from that had Alas handled the Falcons the following year... the best showing so far for the Ken Bono led team that almost pulled the rug from Ateneo in the F4, losing by only a point in the closing seconds. Magaling pa naman si Alas sa mga ganyang situation.

Sayang sa ADU...pero buti na lang para sa Knights. Alas will be here to stay. :)

stat
02-10-2008, 07:16 PM
^ i wish him luck! he is an adamson alumni, sayang nga lang talaga, what if nalang yun. kung naging coach siya, dapat dati pa kami nagka basketball program. ngaun pa lang kami magkaka program sa adamson, with the addition of soc rivera

Regular Grey
04-03-2008, 11:00 PM
Sana matagal pa sa Knights si Coach Louie. Magaling na Coach talaga yan. Minani lang ng Knights ang JRU sa finalk 4 although last year on paper malakas talaga ang JRU. This year i expect also the same results.

Mabuhay Coach Alas, mabuhay ang mga taga Quezon

1979
04-03-2008, 11:50 PM
OT: Si Noble ba nasa Team B ng Knights?


wala.... nasa ibang paaralan na.....

batangueńo
04-03-2008, 11:55 PM
Off-Topic: Ha? Nasaan na si Noble? :o

On-Topic: Dapat pa bang maghanap ng ibang coach ang Letran? I think having Louie Alas in Intramuros is already a blessing for the Knights' basketball program. Kita niyo naman ang track record ng MBT niyo simula nang si Louie ang humawak dyan. ;)

ESCALERA JR.
05-22-2008, 05:03 PM
Uma-Arribaa na naman si Coach Alas sa PBL Finals.

Having him as coach will really do wonders for any team.

At sana magtuloy-tuloy yan hanggang sa pagdating at pagtapos ng NCAA para masaya uli kami sa Intramuros ;D

ESCALERA JR.
08-15-2010, 05:35 PM
Im digging this old topic...all opinions (good or bad) are most WELCOME...start firing! 8)

ilovedhay
08-16-2010, 06:40 AM
Louie Alas is the best coach in college basketball. No matter na celler dweller tayo this season 86

oca
08-16-2010, 07:52 AM
Coaching and recruitment are two different issues. There is no question on Alas' coaching caliber. Fact is, after his last title, with a group of players with a collective mediocre skill sets, the Knights have always made a good run for the F4.

But there has been a great change in the recruitment activities of many schools. Two very obvious differences now are: (1) more schools are actively recruiting, (2) more schools are actively recruiting highly regarded junior players.

Basketball is a skills game. A coach must have that talent at his disposal to execute whatever it is he has in mind.

Yang galing ni Alas sa coaching must be complemented by his programs ability to bring in talents.

But we must admit, it's not the coach alone who has a role in this. Aside from him and the school there is a Third Party here - the Alumni.

Consider these- no school would give a coach a salary higher than what a dept. head or college dean is receiving, unless the school would want a mutiny from its faculty. The same way with providing for the players, the school can't give more than the usual free tuition and sign-chit at the canteen and the dorm facility.

Yet good coaches do get better pay than most faculty members. Players do get more than the usual. But there has been no mutiny from the faculty of these perennial title contenders. So where does all these resources come from if it does not come from the school itself?

But the involvement of the Alumni- not the association itself - but a select group with the means to raise financial resources is premised on how they regard the coach itself and team management.

There must be something in Alas and current team organization that has kept that Alumni from a distance.

bchoter
08-16-2010, 10:04 AM
^ Which keeps me wondering how the hell can the Knights be behind in terms of alumni support when they have one of the most loyal followers. Watch the Knigths' game in any league and you will see same set of spectators. They don't look like the typical "fan". Most of them seem to belong to Letran's glory days and me thinks they can be tapped for more than moral support

dark_blue
08-16-2010, 10:52 AM
There must be something in Alas and current team organization that has kept that Alumni from a distance.


Last Season 84 ata yun, yung may rumor na may alitan daw si Coach at yung manager (Mr. Wong, yung nakikita sa game na naka-shades at may hawig kay Super Mario), kaya ang sinuportahan ng huli eh yung Juniors lang.

Di ko alam kung ano na nangyari sa mga sumunod na taon.

oca
08-17-2010, 12:23 AM
^
Wasn't referring to any individual, otherwise I would have used the singular form "alumnus". I am referring to group of individuals who maintain strong ties with the school and different batches despite of the passing of years.

franz_inwurdz
08-17-2010, 10:19 AM
^
Wasn't referring to any individual, otherwise I would have used the singular form "alumnus". I am referring to group of individuals who maintain strong ties with the school and different batches despite of the passing of years.



however, indifferent with the style of play by the knights?

I think that is what oca means. or I might be wrong.

Rafiboy_05
08-20-2010, 08:33 PM
hanggang kelan ba ang contract ni Coach Louie sa Letran?

ilovedhay
08-25-2010, 06:37 AM
2 years pa

oca
08-25-2010, 08:32 AM
Dapat mapanood ang Team B ng Knights sa ginaganap na FMC2 para maaninag kung ano naghihintay sa Letran sa susunod na dalawa pang taon. Dahil kung itong current NC' line-up lang ang titignan, imo, walang magandang mangyayari sa natitirang 2 taon ni Alas.

LION
08-25-2010, 08:42 AM
^ Based on hearsays, the younger brother of Sam Eman is supposed to be with the Team B of the Knights. I don't know if he is as tall as Sam or at least as good as his older brother.

Jerome Delgado from the SSC Juniors is supposed to have transferred to Letran from UST.

The other recruits might be the usual veterans from some obscure leagues in the Visayas or Mindanao.

razor
08-25-2010, 09:15 AM
ABL will start October 2:

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=605910&publicationSubCategoryId=69

I assume Alas will still be coaching the Patriots. Clearly, this can affect Letran's off season activities like recruitment and player development.

BedanRoar
08-25-2010, 06:20 PM
Major Collapse against MIT! Looks like the Knights relaxed in the remaining minutes.....I also thought that it was a comfortable lead. Sayang.

bugleboy
08-25-2010, 06:57 PM
Collapse, indeed. It looked like the Knights were playing not to lose rather than playing to win. That, plus those three miracle treys by Cornejo and Acosta cost Letran this ballgame. Nakakaasar. Sayang.

BedanRoar
08-25-2010, 07:09 PM
Collapse, indeed. It looked like the Knights were playing not to lose rather than playing to win. That, plus those three miracle treys by Cornejo and Acosta cost Letran this ballgame. Nakakaasar. Sayang.


I arrived home just in time for the 4th Qtr, Seems to be a sure win with the big lead. K. Alas gave his final 5th foul when he probably thought Letran had the win....Plus the crucial misses in the free throw of Dysam. If he converted these free throws, Panalo sana kahit a small lead! Coach Alas was already Pleading to his players in the remaining seconds "For God Sake".

ESCALERA JR.
08-26-2010, 06:04 PM
dati-rati kahit malaki ang lead ng kalaban, kayang habulin ng Letran...ngayon, malaki na ang lamang ng knights, nahahabol pa ???

BedanRoar
08-26-2010, 06:34 PM
Weder weder lang talaga ;D

McCoy
09-02-2010, 02:56 PM
Alfrancis Chua.........

ESCALERA JR.
10-27-2012, 12:36 PM
Six years ago i toyed with the idea of finding someone who can replace Louie Alas as coach of Letran. Hukayin naten muli ang thread na itowhich has been laying doormant for the past 2 yrs. But now that coach Louie has finally tendered his irrevocable resignation following last nights debacle in the NC finals, this is the opportune time to brainstorm again who would be the best repalcement for our longtime beloved coach.

I dreaded the day would come when Alas would pack his bags and leave, but now that it's here, there's no other recourse but to find someone to fill that void.

No doubt Alas has been a great coach and has done wonders for the Letran MBT. But the circumstances surrounding his abrupt resignation leaves something for the letran community to ponder upon. Did he resign amicably or were there internal problems brewing during the time leading to the finals. Naglalabasan kasi ang sarisaring mga ispekulasyon on why the Knights loss horribly in Game 3

The RL has now overtaken the Knights as the winningest team in the league, we now go forward and lick our wounds and move on to plot
our next step minus coach ALAS. What now.... and most importantly WHO?

bugleboy
10-27-2012, 02:57 PM
^Well, Coach Louie recommended his lieutenants: Tino Pinat, Kris Reyes, Ronjay Enrile and Eugene Tan. So they're in the list. There are Letran alumni who may be available: Alfrancis Chua (ex-Sta. Lucia and Tanduay coach), Junjie Ablan (ex-Arellano coach), Gilbert Castillo (current Arellano asst. coach), Rudy Hines (ex-Letran coach), Nemie Villegas (ex-Letran and PBA coach). Also, there are a number of non-Letran alumni who may be prove to be interesting: Joel Banal, Boyet Fernandez, Elmer Cabahug, Lito Vergara, Dong Vergeire... Joe Lipa (!). I don't know which of these are really available, or (more to the point) which ones we can afford.

This last point is specially important, since we do not have a financier with an open wallet who will take care of a pro-level coach's salary. So the question really is, who is the best among the guys we can afford to hire?

bugleboy
10-28-2012, 11:56 AM
Other Letranite possibilities: Monch Gavierres (current Squires coach), Jing Ruiz (ex-Squires coach, current assistant coach of Adamson), Tonichi Pujante (UPHSD Altalettes coach, ex-LSGH coach), Ariel Vanguardia (ex-JRU coach, current coach in ABL).

knightrider
10-31-2012, 10:36 AM
I prefer an alumni coach who knows the culture, history, and mindset of a Letran Knight. But whoever is eventually chosen, the Letran community will support him fully. Our last 4 championships were won by non-alumni coaches like Binky Favis (UST) and Louie Alas (Adamson). But Coach Louie has shown and proven through 12 years at the helm that he is in all aspects a Letran Knight. Heck, he spent more years than I did in Muralla. No doubt, he is a tough act to follow and left big shoes for any replacement to fill. He made the Knights a major power team in the NCAA year-in and year-out. He must have been burnt out this year and I understand the need to step back and to replenish oneself mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. In my book, he can return in one or two years to start another long successful run.

bugleboy
11-03-2012, 03:49 PM
^From the chismis network: Caloy Garcia is also being considered DAW. I didn't even know that this guy (ex-Welcoat, Rain or Shine, and Benilde coach) went to Letran for HS. Kung siya lang din, I would prefer any of the Alas assistants to be promoted, with preference given to Tino Pinat. But then, that's just me.

knightrider
11-05-2012, 09:20 AM
We need a coach with the cerebral savvy of a Louie Alas, one with a respectable track record and one who can command discipline with a fatherly, not a dictatorial, leadership. We need one who can extract the best from the players available and turn them into champions. Those should be the minimum requisites in choosing the next coach.

bugleboy
11-09-2012, 01:55 PM
Amen to that! Meanwhile, Letran has been actively wooing back Louie Alas, at least according to this news article: (http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/380602/letran-wants-alas-to-return#.UJybQMW-2So)

Letran Wants Alas To Return
By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
November 8, 2012, 7:58pm

Letran has asked Louie Alas to reconsider his decision to step down as head coach of the Knights.

Sources said officials of the school reportedly want the multi-titled mentor to give the NCAA another shot after guiding the Knights to the best-of-three finals a few weeks ago.

The series went to a third and deciding game, but the Knights were so badly beaten in the rubber match, 67-39, that Alas, apparently embarrassed by the result, tendered his resignation immediately.

Alas said his resignation was irrevocable, adding that he wants to take a rest from collegiate coaching.

He is currently one of the assistant coaches of Alaska in the PBA.

Alas neither confirmed nor denied that he is being asked to return but said in a text message that he will address the issue at the proper time.

With Alas’ decision being awaited, Letran has not appointed a replacement to handle the team in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League this month.

But Tino Pinat and Kris Reyes, long-time assistant coaches, might temporarily handle the team, the same soruces said.

“We don’t have a coach yet. What we can do is wait for the decision of the higher officials and see what happens,” said NCAA Management Committee chairman Fr. Vic Calvo of Letran.

Letran’s Finals stint in this season’s NCAA came as a surprise after the Knights posted a 4-5 start. They managed to finish third at the end of the double-round eliminations and then upset last year’s runner-up San Sebastian in the semis to earn a Finals seat.

The Knights lost Game 1, but wheeled back into the contest by taking Game 2, before losing steam in Game 3.

knightrider
11-12-2012, 08:04 AM
I hope he returns, even just for the next season. We are not yet in the rebuilding mode. We just need to reload. We need retribution against beda. With mvp no longer paying the salaries of the blue team, the semerads are back with the red team. So the Knights will still be facing a formidable foe, in fact several formidable foes like the Altas, SSCR and MIT with a better coach after Victolero.

Now that the blame game and conspiracy theories have fizzled out, it's time to move forward from where we left off. There is no need to go back to square one, not at least for season 89.

bugleboy
11-12-2012, 10:31 PM
Well, it looks like the die is cast. No turning back na raw...

Alas, Letran formally part ways amidst search for vacant Ateneo coaching job

Gerry Ramos
November 12, 2012, 09:52 pm

FOR Louie Alas, there’s no more turning back.

The soft-spoken coach finally ended more than a decade of association with Letran College after his resignation was formally approved - reportedly with a heavy heart - by the school higher-ups led by President Fr. Tamerlane Lana.

Alas’ resignation will be effective until Dec. 31 to give the team the proper time to scout for possible replacement. From now on until that date, the Knights will be handled by assistant coaches Kris Reyes and Tino Pinat.

“Hard habit to break, pare,” said Alas, his voice cracking a little bit over the phone as he spoke to Spin.ph Monday night. “Mas masakit na umalis ka kaysa natalo ka.”

But Alas’ formal resignation with Letran only heightened reports that he is among the likely candidates to become the next coach of five-time reigning UAAP men’s basketball champion Ateneo.

Alas, 49, remained mum about the matter, although sources within the Blue Eagles side confirmed that the champion coach is already being set for a possible interview for the high-profile job vacated by Norman Black.

Along with Alas, also included in Ateneo’s list of choices are Alex Compton, a fellow assistant coach of Alas at Alaska, and current Adamson mentor Leo Austria.

http://www.spin.ph/sports/basketball/news/alas-letran-formally-part-ways-amidst-search-for-vacant-ateneo-coaching-job-v02

knightrider
11-13-2012, 09:15 AM
If he transfers to ADMU, I'll probably do what I never expected to do - root for that team too along with my other alma mater -UST! I hope he goes to Adamson, the team where he played ball in college.

bugleboy
11-14-2012, 01:51 PM
Well, wherever he lands, I'm sure that team will be all the better for it. Good luck to you, Coach Louie!

Re the next coach, it seems that Samboy Lim prefers his ex-team mate and current Knights assistant coach Tino Pinat. In an article in the Journal today, Samboy said: “If you ask me, Tino (Pinat) should be the next Letran coach.”

“First and foremost, Tino is a true-blue Letranite. He’s been with the team for a long time now and he has exemplified the true Letran fighting spirit,” added Lim, one of the PBA’s ‘25 Greatest Players’ and now team manager of crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra in the PBA.

No objections from this corner, although of course, we are just interested alumni. :)

bchoter
11-14-2012, 03:10 PM
If he transfers to ADMU, I'll probably do what I never expected to do - root for that team too along with my other alma mater -UST! I hope he goes to Adamson, the team where he played ball in college.No college head coaching stint for now daw

knightrider
11-14-2012, 04:46 PM
Re the next coach, it seems that Samboy Lim prefers his ex-team mate and current Knights assistant coach Tino Pinat. In an article in the Journal today, Samboy said: “If you ask me, Tino (Pinat) should be the next Letran coach.”

“First and foremost, Tino is a true-blue Letranite. He’s been with the team for a long time now and he has exemplified the true Letran fighting spirit,” added Lim, one of the PBA’s ‘25 Greatest Players’ and now team manager of crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra in the PBA.

No objections from this corner, although of course, we are just interested alumni. :)



I have my reservations. But, if he is able to bring the Knights to a 3rd place finish or better in the PCCL, he should be seriously considered. If Letran wins the crown, then no doubt he should succeed coach Louie. With newbies like Serafica, Nambatac, Chavez and someone taller than Almazan probably joining the Season 89 team, we need a coach who can put it all together for another run at the crown, to hopefully get our 17th banner. BTW the infos I got on the "newbies" are scuttlebutt, so maybe bugleboy can shed light on the matter, either in confirmation or denial.

bugleboy
11-17-2012, 11:29 PM
^Well, tomorrow is Pinat's first test. Let's see how he shuffles the lineup vs. Pido's Tigers. Last summer, the full-strength Tigers blew us out by 17 points. We simply could not stop Jeric Teng, Fortuna, and Mariano. But it seemed back then that our boys were still feeling each other out, having gone through many games without Kevin Alas and Almazan. That was (IIRC) the first game of Almazan in the pre-season.

Re newbies, I don't pretend to know anything more than what is available on the net and through the grapevine. What I've found out, though, are Serafica and Chavez are already enrolled while Nambatac is still weighing his options. Somebody taller than Almazan? Parang wala pa yata ito...

knightrider
11-18-2012, 07:59 PM
This was a different team I saw today. The Alas' trademark of defensive basketball was nowhere in sight. The same worn-out plays were used even after UST caught on to those. The rotation was jerky. There was hardly any in-game adjustments made in a crucial game like this where its a win or go-home situation. The Knights come back in the dying minutes was due to individual plays, pure hustle, and free wheeling basketball where to players had the temerity to take matters in their hands and to do it all themselves. I think we'll be shooting ourselves in the foot if we don't get a coach with Alas' savvy. We have the core for another successful run next year with Racal, Almazan, Cruz, Lithuania in the fold plus a slew of good and talented rookies who can hit the ground running. I'm a fan of Monch Gavierez after he brought an 10 man Junior squad to last year's FF and which could have even entered the Finals if his 10 man (actually 8 man active) line-up did not lose steam in the end game against DLSU Greenhills. I'm not saying he should be it. He should be a strong candidate. I'm sorry but I feel the one who coached the team today does not have what it takes to bring the Knights to championship level.

bugleboy
11-18-2012, 10:58 PM
These are valid points, but we also have to consider that we were missing two crucial players -- Kevin Alas and Jonathan Belorio -- while UST came in at full force. If these two had played, then the outcome may have been different. Also, there were too many crazy fouls, especially the ones made by Almazan, and some of the most horrendous free throw percentages I have ever seen. But I must say that I liked the new-look Almazan -- not only grabbing offensive rebounds but also doing pirouettes in the paint and laying up with the left hand. Galing! I've never seen those moves from him before, and I'm glad that at least in this game, he was unleashed. Ditto for Racal, who showed that he could slash with impunity to the basket, if only the guards can give him the ball early enough.

In short, we had our chances, we just could not give that final push to win.

We also have to give credit to the UST defense, particularly the way they trapped our guards as they brought the ball up, leading to numerous turnovers. I personally think Mark Cruz played sub-par today, notwithstanding the clutch baskets and the nifty pass to Pantin near the end. There were too many instances of ill-advised or ill-timed passes that led to turnovers and points by UST.

Still and all, the boys did manage to initiate a great fight-back in the fourth quarter. Whether this fightback was due to great individual plays or pure hustle (on the part of Cortes, Lituania, Racal, Cruz and Gabawan) or in-game adjustments by the coach, we will never know exactly. I would still give credit to Coach Tino, though, because he was able to motivate them to give this the old college try. Remember, this was the same team (mas mahina pa nga) that appeared to have lost its nerve in the face of the San Beda onslaught in that infamous Game 3. I was bracing myself for another blow-out when UST upped its lead to 14 points late in the third quarter. But I was pleasantly surprised that these guys had enough Dugong Arriba spirit to go down fighting. I personally think the coach would have a lot to do with that. Just my opinion, though.

Re Coach Gavieres, he is also a good choice. I think that, if anything, he may be able to persuade Nambatac, Villanueva and the other graduating Squires to give the Knights another look. So, for me, Gavieres or Pinat would be OK. The players appear to respond to them, and for me, that would be a very good starting point.

knightrider
11-19-2012, 07:24 PM
Yup, the new look Alamazan seems to be developing well, perhaps due to his stint in the D-League. 2 consecuitve years na nakakauha siya ng mga award sa NCAA. If he keeps this up and does well again next year in a highly vislble league (NCAA, not D legaue which I don't bother to watch), he will be a surely be one of the top picks in the 1st round of the PBA draft when that time comes. (Read this as: Almazan, play for CSJL again next year where your reputation will be built and not in a D-league team which you were wont to do last year if not for the intervention of Kerby Raymundo).

bugleboy
11-24-2012, 11:56 PM
Kuwentuhang lasing sa homecoming: It seems that Coach Larry Albano is in the mix, and may even be favored. I don't know if the batchmate I was talking to, though, still had full control of his senses when he said this. But of course, we will know only when the Dominicans deem their decision to be final and binding. Until then, all we can do is to bide our time, hope and pray that everything will turn out fine.

knightrider
11-26-2012, 01:06 PM
How about Rudy Hines? In 2009, he was bruited about as a possible coach to replace Coach Louie, but the latter was eventually re-appointed? Letran wants a full-time coach and Monchie's involvement in the PBA may be a factor against him. Though, he is my preferred person for the job.

ESCALERA JR.
11-26-2012, 08:41 PM
Was with a group of oldies and overheard discussions of preferred coaches to replace coach louie...the names of binky favis and former Ginebra asst coach rino salazar came up. The mid 80's batches were leaning towards former standout jing ruiz...saw robert ruiz in the crowd, mag kapatid ba sila? ....'79 champion coach nemie villegas was mentioned as well as freddie webb. Malamang usapang lasing na lang ung iba.

bugleboy
12-18-2012, 02:05 PM
At last, we have some news on the coaching front! What's interesting, though, is that ALL of these guys applied for the position. Pili na!

Letran bares candidates to replace Alas
By Joey Villar (philstar.com) | Updated December 18, 2012 - 1:28pm

MANILA, Philippines – A former Letran alumnus will succeed outgoing senior basketball coach Louie Alas on December 22.

Fr. Vic Calvo, OP, Letran's athletic director and NCAA Management Committee chair, today bared the six candidates, all alumni of the Muralla-based Pontifical school, who will most like succeed Alas, whose resignation will be official on Dec. 31.

"We'll name a coach out of this shortlist on Dec. 22," said Calvo.

The list included former mentor Larry Albano, who steered the then Samboy Lim-led Knights to an NCAA three-peat feat from 1982-84, former PBA coach Caloy Garcia and ex-University of Santo Tomas and Phl Basketball League mentor Nel Parado.

Other candidates are former Letran star Ronjay Enrile, the youngest applicant at 30 years old who served as one of Alas' assistants, fellow assistant coach Tino Pinat and current Letran high school coach Raymond Gavierres.

All applied for the job.

Calvo said they're still entertaining other applicants until Dec. 21 before making a final decision the day after.

"We're not limiting our candidates to a certain number, they can still apply until before Dec. 22," he said.

Calvo said they're looking for a coach who is not only a Letran alumnus but someone with coaching skills, popularity, leadership qualities, experience, good attitude and can command respect from players and peers.

"If he has these qualities, we will choose him," said Calvo.

Of the applicants, Albano is the most intriguing having engineered the Knights' upheaval in the early 80s when he helped the school win three straight championships that included a player named Lim, who later on carved his name in the pros as "The Skywalker."

Garcia, who played ball for the Squires before taking college at St. Benilde where he played briefly, is also a promising prospect having coached for Welcoat and later Rain or Shine in the pros, won the franchise a PBL championship, and was once mentor of St. Benilde in the NCAA.

Parado, for his part, has coached in the PBL and the UAAP with UST while Enrile, Pinat and Gavierres are all in-house prospects who are equally capable of handling the job that will be left vacant when Alas starts to focus on family and his assistant coaching job at Alaska Milk.

Interestingly, Letran is just one of the many schools with job vacancies like San Beda, St. Benilde, Mapua and San Sebastian.

bugleboy
12-19-2012, 08:42 AM
According to http://manilastandardtoday.com/2012/12/19/7-candidates-eyeing-knights-coaching-job/ :

Retired Philippine Basketball Association cager Avelino “Samboy” Lim Jr. is said to be also interested. But he has not sent an application form.

bugleboy
12-19-2012, 10:45 AM
This one is according to http://mb.com.ph/articles/386251/letran-to-name-coach-soon#.UNEqN2--2So . This time, ex-Letran cager and current Makati Hope Christian School coach Wilmon Yu is in the mix:

Also being considered are Letran assistant coach Tino Pinat, former Letran Knights player Ronjay Enrile, former University of Santo Tomas Tigers coach Neil Parado, Letran high school mentor Raymond Gavierres, Wilmon Yu and former Letran coach Larry Albano.

bugleboy
12-19-2012, 07:07 PM
It looks like Caloy Garcia is the favorite . . . or at least, he has some very good friends in the press.

From http://www.spin.ph/sports/basketball/news/painters-assistant-coach-garcia-looms-as-best-choice-for-letran-job :

Painters assistant coach Garcia looms as best choice for Letran job
By Richard Dy
December 19, 2012, 06:27 pm

RAIN or Shine assistant coach Caloy Garcia said on Wednesday a chance to coach his alma mater Letran in the NCAA would not only be "challenging but also exciting."

Garcia, one of six candidates for the Letran coaching job soon to be vacated by Louie Alas, is set to be interviewed by Letran officials led by athletic director Fr. Vic Calvo on Saturday morning inside the campus.

“For me, I just want to let them know what I feel because I want to help Letran as a coach,” said Garcia, considered the favorite among the odd mix of coaches being considered by the Knights.

Garcia said anyone picked by Letran faces a daunting job of trying to emulate Alas, who led the Knights to three NCAA championships and to the Finals opposite San Beda in what turned out to be his final year with the team last season.

“Of course, coach Louie Alas is a tough act to follow. Hopefully, I could duplicate what coach Louie did to Letran because he did a great job of developing the players and instilling a strong fighting spirit,” Garcia said.

Garcia is not new to college coaching, having handled College of St. Benilde from 2005-2007.

He compiled a 9-31 win-loss record in three seasons with the Blazers, but Garcia felt he has since grown as a coach with the help of his mentors Leo Austria and now, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

“Ang philosophy ko naman sa coaching is similar to coach Yeng, where we try to bring the best out of our players. Then work more on the defensive end,” said Garcia.

Garcia, a reserve in the 1992 Letran team under then coach Rudy Hines, has also won a championship with Welcoat in the old PBL and called the shots for the Painters in the PBA until he gave way to Guiao.

Aside from Garcia, also being considered for the position are former Letran champion coach Larry Albano, Nel Parado, and Ronjay Enrile along with current Knights assistants Tino Pinat and Monch Gavierres.

Alas is stepping down effective December 31.

bugleboy
12-22-2012, 07:26 PM
Looks like the list has been narrowed down to three, although no names have yet been released. The names of the three have been forwarded to Fr. Tamerlane Lana, who will make the final decision.

My guess as to the three? Caloy Garcia, Larry Albano and Monch Gavierres. Abangan ang susunod na kabanata...

Read more here: http://www.spin.ph/sports/basketball/news/letran-narrows-down-choices-to-three-coaches#.UNVWVtY27QA.twitter

bugleboy
12-24-2012, 12:56 AM
Mukhang Caloy Garcia daw, according to the birds-in-the-know on Twitter. :) Let's wait for the official announcement later if this will be proven to be true.

bugleboy
12-27-2012, 11:37 AM
Does this look like subtle blackmail to you?

On the one hand, it does. But on the other hand, perhaps the kid is only looking out for his best interests. Just a tad too cynical for my taste.

Choice of next Letran coach to dictate juniors star Nambatac's college destination
By Karlo Sacamos
December 26, 2012, 12:44 pm
http://www.spin.ph/sports/basketball/news/choice-of-next-letran-coach-to-dictatte-juniors-star-nambatacs-college-destination

NCAA high school star Rey Nambatac’s decision on where to play college basketball will depend largely on who the next Letran Knights coach would be.

The league's former juniors MVP and Rookie of the Year said on Wednesday he is waiting for the announcement from Letran rector Fr. Tamerlane Lana, O.P. on the replacement of Louie Alas before he makes his own decision on his career path.

“Medyo nalilito pa rin ako at hinihintay ko lang na makapag-decide na mga pari kung sino head coach ng Knights at pag ganoon, magde-decide na rin ako,” Nambatac told Spin.ph.

The 18-year-old Squires standout had said that Letran remains his top priority but he is also considering offers from UAAP schools Adamson, Far Eastern University, and University of the Philippines.

“Sobrang laki (na factor) lalo na kung yung bagong head coach ng Knights ay kabisado na yung laro ko so nothing to worry (about),” said the 6-foot guard, who helped the Squires earn a Final Four berth in Season 88.

Former Knights mentor Larry Albano, Rain or Shine assistant Caloy Garcia, former University of Santo Tomas coach Nel Parado, and current Knights deputies Tino Pinat, Monch Gavieres, and Ronjay Enrile are the candidates for the position. Letran athletic director Fr. Vic Calvo, O.P. already submitted his top three choices to Lana.

A decision would be easier for Nambatac if Gavieres, his current coach with the Squires, would be chosen.

“Bonus na sa akin yun pag siya napili,” said the college prospect from Cagayan de Oro.

knightrider
12-27-2012, 06:46 PM
I think he's just lobbying to get his HS coach the job. It's all about playing time and exposure. He'll definitely get that with CSJL, and only probably with the other teams mentioned which have deep guard line-ups. Heaven forbid if he winds up like another Tampus whose star appeal has gone bust and appears difficult to resurrect.

ESCALERA JR.
01-08-2013, 02:18 PM
What's keeping our camp from announcing who the next HC will be? From what ive been reading in different media, looks like it will be the old school Larry Albano up against the young Caloy Garcia. Tapos na ang mahabang holidays, siguro naman meron ng napili.

Baka kaya di maka decide is the repercussions of picking one coach but then alienating either kevin's or nambatac's choice as HC.

Weighing carefully that will eventually be a win-win situation for all parties. In this scenario, my money goes to coach Larry Albano.
Not only is he the favourite amongst most alumni, meron pa tayong magiging possible pipeline from promising filams playing for a league in tne US of which his brother is the commish, so i heard. Well, wag nang patagalin pa...bring him on and let's start the ball rollin...or bouncing!

knightrider
01-08-2013, 08:08 PM
I think they're waiting for Coach Albano, who is reportedly flying into the country sometime in the middle or late January. The school probably wants to make the announcement with the guy around for proper introductions. But until that happens, the ball is round, and there may still be some surprises.

bugleboy
01-11-2013, 04:54 PM
^Looks like you're right. Mukhang si Larry Albano nga yata, although Letran still has to make an official announcement.

Spikermike
01-13-2013, 08:54 AM
Knights tap Albano again
By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:53 am | Sunday, January 13th, 2013
*0*2*0
LARRY Albano, the man behind the first “three-peat” pulled off by Letran in the NCAA in the early 1980s, is set to return to the Knights’ bench, replacing Louie Alas.
Letran is expected to announce soon the hiring of Albano, who will sign a one-year contract, reliable sources said.
Based in the United States, Albano went through a unique process that saw him getting interviewed via Skype. He had been away from the local basketball scene until his name was floated as a possible replacement for Alas late last year.
Before winning the first of three straight seniors titles in 1982, Albano also served as coach of the Letran juniors’ team which he also steered to the crown in 1979 when the Knights pulled off a rare basketball double.
Albano’s title squad was led by Samboy Lim, who later made a name for himself in the PBA.
Sources said the deal to hire Albano was sealed when former Letran Knight Wilmon Yu—a strong candidate for the head coaching position—agreed to be the lead assistant to Albano.
Ronjay Enrile, who was also considered as one of the candidates for the coaching job,* will also serve as an assistant coach.

knightrider
01-13-2013, 08:25 PM
... Albano, who will sign a one-year contract, reliable sources said.


A one year contract?

Is Albano just an interim coach? Is the one year a trial balloon period with extension depending on the Knights' performance?

Is his mission merely to get the 17th crown next season and then hand on the reigns to his successor and leave, ala Coach Ronnie Magsanoc?

Is Louie Alas returning after one year when his sons have graduated, and thus no more family relationship strain/stress/conflict as coach and father?

Is Fr Calvo staying on as athletic moderator? If he is, someone should tell him to dress appropriately in accordance to the status of his office. He looks like a wannabee rock star, worse a frustrated movie person, or worst, a neutered fashionista. Joke only.

ESCALERA JR.
01-15-2013, 07:50 PM
Anong zarzuela itong nanyayare sa kampo naten?...ive been reading the name of Larry Albano as the appointed coach in different forums
the last couple of days (pex, FB, and even inquirer...) then suddenly nagbago ang ihip ng hangin. Now it seems Caloy Garcia was officially annointed Letran HC in a sudden twist of events! Mas reliable source pa ata ang pex kesa sa fb. Sa fb page ng tga letran ka...hands down
Choice si Albano even days before the announcement...anong kaguluhan toh. Parang tele nobela hahaha.

Whatever, whoever the coach...we'll just have to give our wholehearted support. Arriba!

knightrider
01-15-2013, 09:07 PM
What happened?

Albano reportedly withdrew. Was the expectation to win the crown to much to bear? Or is there another reason? We can only speculate. But since the decision has been made, let's move on and help make this team a formidable one, strong enough to clinch the crown.

As Monch Gavieres is out, let's not expect Kevin and Nambatac to be with the team. It would be a big bonus if they both stayed. If Kevin is going to be part of the Gilas Team that will play in the FIBA tournament here in August, I doubt he'll suit up for CSJL. As for Nambatc, the best place for him to shine is with the Knights, regardless of who the Knights' coach is.

bugleboy
01-15-2013, 09:43 PM
Larry Albano daw was asking for the moon, according to Spin.ph, and Letran just could not (or chose not to) afford him.

Re Gavieres, will he be out as Squires coach or just as Knights assistant coach? Quite frankly, Kevin Alas and Nambatac may just bolt the team, but I think that would depend not only on how new coach Garcia would approach them but also on their prospects with other teams. Re Kevin, he may be bumped out of Gilas if or when the PBA decide to send in their other pros, so that will rob him of a staging place for the PBA. Re Nambatac, he will be walking out of a starring role if he walks out on Letran. Of his other choices, it appears to be UP that needs him the most, and so may be able to give him the playing time and the marquee status that he obviously wants. I just hope both will use their heads and choose wisely.

As for Coach Caloy, welcome back to Letran! Do us proud!

knightrider
01-16-2013, 11:21 AM
News from other sources state Kevin Alas will not suit up for the Knights next season. He will focus on his Gilas 2 assignment. Letran's loss is the country's gain. Probably, he does not want to play under Coach Garcia. Also, the allowance/stipend/pay/ salary given by Gilas 2 is too big to pass up. But nothing is final until the fat lady sings. If he enrolls 1st semester next academic year, who knows what will turn up!

ESCALERA JR.
01-16-2013, 06:22 PM
The decision to drop coach L. Albano does not sit well with the older generation alumni ( me included). After reading the letter of Albano which states the real reason why his offer was withrawn, mukhang mapopolarize ang Letran community lalo na its only a few more months till the next NCAAseason. Parang ang gulo gulo...pati coaching staff ng Squires kasama sa pinag tatalunan kung sino ang hahawak.

Me thinks, lets leave the Squires alone. Why tinker with something that is not broken. Maganda naman ang takbo ng Letran Jrs. Team with the present core of coaching staff. Dagdagan na lang ng suporta.

As far as the Letran MBT is concerned, kung ang desisyon is to get Coach Garcia as its HC, then lets just give our support. But Caloy is not in an enviable position. Anything less than a Finals stint will definitely invite criticisms from all parties. Katakutakut na sisi ang aabutin nito, sama mo na ang mga prayle sa desisyon na-unsyami kumuha ng dekalibreng coach in the person of the old maestro Larry Albano.

bugleboy
01-16-2013, 09:23 PM
Escalera Jr., I don't know about you, but I was saddened by the Albano letter. Whatever we say as alumni, the fact remains that the Dominicans are the ones who run the school, and so, have the final say on this matter. Whether rightly or wrongly, we do not have a super-dominant alumnus providing the moolah to the MBT, and so the Dominicans defer to no one in deciding what is right for the team.

Coach Larry should have been gracious enough to just accept the decision at face value. It was not for him (or anyone else, for that matter) to question why the decision to drop him was made. On the other hand, the letter may have been private communication sent by Coach Larry to his FROKS brothers, and somebody else may have leaked that without his knowing it. That would make it doubly troublesome.

Don't get me wrong. I would've been perfectly happy to support Coach Larry. He's a topnotch coach and a proven winner, and I love what he did for the school, especially during that glorious 3-peat. But here's the thing. Even if it was a totally unexpected person who was appointed as head coach, I would've been happy to support that person as well. In the end, we are all Letranites here, and we merely want the best for our school. Let's all move on from this and focus on the task at hand. On to Banner 17! Arriba!

knightrider
01-16-2013, 10:16 PM
How do you expect us to focus when those making the decisions are multi-focused (sa tagalog-sabog)? Simpleng task on hand- pumili ng coach- di pa magawang maayos? This type of sloppiness never happened when I was still a student in our beloved alma mater. Hinaluan pa ng politika. I am angry and frustrated. We have a winning tradition and the present state of affairs is unacceptable.

bugleboy
01-16-2013, 10:45 PM
I don't profess to be an insider so what I know comes only from what all of us see in the papers and in the various fora. AFAIK, Letran itself has not yet come out with an official announcement. We have merely based our conclusions on letters, tweets, and articles about the matter -- also based on what Larry Albano, Caloy Garcia, Louie Alas and Kevin Alas have allegedly said.

Therefore, if there is any "gulo", "sabog", sloppiness or anything else here, the source would have been the bits and pieces of information we have gotten. Because we are not privy to the inside information, our views are now tainted according to which version we would like to believe.

I am no apologist for the Letran admin. Heck, I've had my share of run-ins with them, as a student before, then as batch officer and then as LAA director. Having said that, I have also seen how pushy and unfair we alumni can be, sometimes. I was equally guilty of all that before. I would not put it past the Dominicans for deciding one way or the other (in this coach selection thing) out of pique. In other words, baka naasar. Tao rin naman ang mga iyan.

We can choose -- as alumni, students, or whatever -- to dwell on the flaws of the selection process, the way it was handled, etc. We can also choose to vent. I too feel frustrated about all this, not knowing which end is up, and having all sorts of info coming up through the grapevine without so much as an official statement. I would suppose the LAA has already done its part in communicating to the Admin the feelings and opinions of the alumni. LAA pa? Hindi pahuhuli iyan.

However, I have to repeat that in the end, what matters is we put all of this behind us as quickly as possible. There are still battles to be won. It would certainly help to remember that the enemy is out there, not here.

Sam Miguel
01-17-2013, 09:22 AM
With Caloy Garcia himself choosing not to say much for now, we had to track down other people privy to the head coach search of Letran. Apparently Garcia has offers to coach elsewhere, both locally and overseas, so perhaps that was the true primary factor why he has not really signed up with Letran. These offers range from three to five years, with very good compensation packages. Another report has it that he does not want to be an "interim" head coach, which is what a mere one-year contract amounts to.

There were also reports that Larry Albano felt that he was "na-politika", that there was a faction in the Letran Administration that did not want him as head coach, and that he expressed this sentiment to his fraternity brothers via e-mail.

If there are alumni among you who are close to Garcia and Albano, my totally unsolicited advice is that you talk to these two gentlemen and see what their true senitments are first-hand. This issue cannot be sitting well with the team, as it obviously is not sitting well with all of you here at the Round Table. This might be the time for the Letran community to get more actively involved in this case. Whoever takes the job will after all represent your school.

bugleboy
01-20-2013, 02:54 PM
^Thank you for your suggestion, Sam Miguel. As far as I'm concerned, however, all this is water under the bridge. Caloy Garcia has taken over after agreeing to the compromise 2-year contract drawn up by the friars, and having at least three assistants of his own choosing (in addition to the two being foisted on him by Letran). I don't want to dwell anymore on the Albano letter, as it has the potential of dividing us when we should be focusing on being united. As an alumnus, I have full trust in the LAA board that these gentlemen will do their job and communicate to the Letran Admin the various sentiments of the alumni. Larry Albano was the LAA's and FROKs' recommendee; the least they could do is to try to get to the bottom of the matter so that all sides can achieve closure.

As for me, I'd rather that the majority (including the team itself) focus on the coming NCAA wars. As early as now, we are already being written off as also-rans by our opponents, for reasons that only the deluded know. I'll be very glad to prove all of them wrong, come NCAA '89.

knightrider
01-21-2013, 09:57 PM
Now that the dust has settled, it's time to galvanize and get the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th crowns, starting with Season 89.

knightrider
01-22-2013, 03:14 PM
If reports are true that Mike Buendia has signed on as assistant to Caloy Garcia, that is indeed good news. Coach Buendia is as good as any head coach out there. Two heads are better than one, and hopefully the results will show it. Letran's gain will be CSB's loss.

ESCALERA JR.
01-22-2013, 07:50 PM
Now that the dust has settled, it's time to galvanize and get the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th crowns, starting with Season 89.

Knightrider, Sana magdilang angel ka...that we get our 20th title on or before 2020. Di naman masamang mangarap noh.

Since our first title in 1938, Letran has managed to win a championship at the start of every decade (1950-1960-1970). Nasingitan pa
ng isa- dalawang panalo nun '66 , '79 and '92. A 3-peat in the early 80's, a couple of back to back in the late 80' and 90's plus 3 more
during the Louie Alas era, the last one in 2005.

This decade, muntik-muntikan na last season. But i have a feeling we are now due for another title...maybe a cluster of 2 or 3 titles bago matapos tong dekadang ito. Wishful thinking ba masyado? Tulog na nga...Antok lang siguro to.

Big Ticket
01-25-2013, 10:16 AM
Add former letran squire, former csb blazer and former pcu dolphins asst coach elvis tolentino as caloy's assistant coach...

bugleboy
03-31-2014, 07:58 AM
If this ever comes to pass, it will be very strange indeed. (Note: Sorry, Escalera Jr. I couldn't figure out where else to put this.)

http://sports.inquirer.net/148959/alas-top-choice-as-ue-warriors-new-coach

ESCALERA JR.
10-02-2014, 07:52 PM
Coach Caloy's tenure ending soon? Dalawang seasons lang yung term niya sa pagkakaalam ko. Hopefully, ma-extend pa for another couple of years or at least until Nambatac reaches his senior year. Rey would be the next cornerstone to build a team around and coach pogi is best possible mentor to guide him. Pero kung hindi naman, its time to throw in some suggestions as early as now para maayus ang transition. If ever we retain his services, his coaching staff needs to do a few tweaks in our roster, starting with filling a that huge gaping hole in the middle...a Big man not lower than the present ceiling, and couple of wide-bodied power forwards...add on a trigger-happy sniper. We have ample guards to last 3-4 seasons.

knightrider
10-03-2014, 11:41 AM
Caloy originally wanted a 3 year contract but got a 2 year deal instead. A 1 year extension would be just fine as it would be in sync with Caloy's original request. We have a strong team but the lack of a rim protector like Alamzan or a burly bodies in the paint like Cortez or Belorio did us in. Publico was a stop-gap guy who couldn't stop and provided a lot of gap. Sorry, for the pun but that's my take on things.

bugleboy
10-04-2014, 03:52 PM
I agree that we should look at least at a one-year extension for Coach Caloy, if only for continuity's sake, particularly in the case of the soon-to-be graduating Mark Cruz and Kevin Racal. But we definitely have to look at other points of improvement:

1. Relations with the refs and technical officials - We played the victim card all season long, which resulted in suspensions to at least 4 refs. While our complaints may have had bases, leading to sanctions given to the erring refs, this may have given rise to our boys not getting the benefit of some 50-50 calls. Just my take, though.

2. Team chemistry - Our boys played sometimes as if they do not know each other. Fluidity just wasn't there. I don't know if this was a result of not having enough playing time together in the off-season, or having too many rookies, or both. But even as the season wore on, I saw only sporadic improvements that were obviously not enough to propel us forward.

3. Washing dirty linen in public - I was of two minds about Coach Caloy's castigation of Mark Cruz in public, particularly after the latter's errors that led to the first round loss to the Stags. I agreed that Mark could have played better, but the public flogging may have been a bit much. I don't know if this affected Mark's game, though, as he was off-and-on all season. All I saw was Cruz tended not to handle the ball in Letran's final plays, most of which ended disastrously for our team.

Having said all that, I think that, given the rather weak lineup we had this season, our team's finishing outside the Final Four may just be par for the course. Still, when I look at the Perpetual Help lineup, I can't help but wonder. That team only has four functioning parts, essentially. And yet, they have willed themselves not only into an F4 spot, but may even contend for a twice-to-beat advantage. Simply amazing.

bugleboy
10-04-2014, 03:56 PM
Re Perps, sige, five if you include Jolangcob who, frustratingly enough, seemed to play his best against us this season.

ESCALERA JR.
10-04-2014, 07:07 PM
Our last game vs CSBlazers would have a profound effect on their standing...and also to our coach CaloyGarcia. Pag obvious masyadong lopsided win ng Csb baka mapagkamalng laglag. We are now playing without any pressure, asahan mong gaganda ang bitaw ng mga bata including the not so often used players lalo na wala si KRacs.

If coach pogi wants to have a bargaining leverage for an extension, this game is a must win.

We can play the spoilers role to the hilt! Lets say goodbye to this season on a high note.

ESCALERA JR.
10-04-2014, 07:07 PM
Our last game vs CSBlazers would have a profound effect on their standing...and also to our coach CaloyGarcia. Pag obvious masyadong lopsided win ng Csb baka mapagkamalng laglag. We are now playing without any pressure, asahan mong gaganda ang bitaw ng mga bata including the not so often used players lalo na wala si KRacs.

If coach pogi wants to have a bargaining leverage for an extension, this game is a must win.

We can play the spoilers role to the hilt! Lets say goodbye to this season on a high note.

bugleboy
10-05-2014, 12:02 PM
Yes, you're right, bossing ESCALERA JR. The Knights will be playing Benilde without any pressure (except for Coach Caloy, of course) while Benilde will have their season on the line. If the Blazers lose, it may mean bye-bye F4. If we lose, especially in a blowout like what we experienced in the first round, well...

Should be an interesting match, to say the least.

ESCALERA JR.
10-05-2014, 01:01 PM
I dont mind losing to the blazers though, having them vie for the f4 would be good for them and for the league as well. Masyado na tayo napagiiwanan ng Uaap, maybe having them slug it out in the playoffs is a better option. Malaki din ang fan base nila, apaw ang Rizal Memorial nun nag champion sila way back 2000.

Di lang pala si coach Caloy ang on the spot, pati pala mga asst. coaches niya, long time deputy buendia...and tolentino who was a member of that 2000 Blazers champion team.

ESCALERA JR.
11-13-2014, 04:54 PM
................................dbl

ESCALERA JR.
11-13-2014, 04:54 PM
Seems like Caloy Garcia' coaching job as Letran MBT head coach is about to end soon...meron mga balitang kumakalat a search is ongoing for his replacement. Names that have been mentioned so far are Tonichi Pujante and Samboy Lim. How true is this?

bugle/knight, paki sagap naman ng konting balita sa Sabado if anyone of you are attending this Sat. Alum.Homecoming.

bugleboy
11-13-2014, 05:47 PM
Ngek! I'll be going to Cebu this Saturday, so will not be able to attend the homecoming. But if I stumble on some chismis, I'll post them here.

bugleboy
11-14-2014, 08:31 AM
ESCALERA JR. -- Read Coach Tonichi Pujante's post in TLMKK. Mukhang legit naman. Let's see what the priests think about it.

knightrider
11-15-2014, 11:30 PM
Escalera, from what I gathered from a reliable insider, a new coach has more or less been chosen. The job will go to a member of the back to back champion teams of the late 90's that headlined Kerby Raymundo. The guy played the PG position. No, it is not Prior. He is currently one of the assistant coaches in a PBA expansion team. Sige na nga, sabihin ko na. It's Aldrin Ayo.

But the source told me, the job is still not totally in the bag. An offer sheet or budget has been presented to him by the padres. It's up to the potential coach to see if the budget is good enough to cover the salaries of his assistants, also from Kia Sorrento.

Since many things can happen, my guess is a 70-30 possibility of him being the new coach.

Another info I gathered is there will be a major overhaul of the team. Around 10 players will no longer be in the line-up due to graduation and deletions. If this pushes through, it's back to square one. The replacements will be coming from Team B.

During the distribution of the jubilarian medallions (meron din ako), one person caught everybody's eye. He was the sole recipient for his batch. It was Coach Larry Albano. Tongues started a-wagging. Speculations that he might be in the mix for the new coach were entertained. Who knows?

During the program in the gym (as I was leaving), I heard, the names of Coaches Eddie Reyes and Nemie Villegas being called. They were receiving awards (pero hindi ko alam kung ano as I was already at the gate). The two gentlemen together with Albano were part of the 1966 Champion Team under Nilo Verona.

So, is it Ayo? Or Albano? Or Pujante,or Samboy? Perhaps bugleboy can shed more light as his inside network in the Colegio is more extensive than my contacts (miniscule is the apt word to describe mine).

ESCALERA JR.
11-16-2014, 05:27 AM
Thanks for the inside tidbits knight, thats good enough news for now. Kung nandun ka kahapon, there must be some truth to it. Ifyou'll recall, coach Larry Albano was the frontrunner to replace coach Louie 2yrs ago but the turn of events suddenly swayed in favor of coach Caloy Garcia. Baka nagpaparamdam muli si Albano sa mga kaparian kaya siya nandoon kagabi. Not a bad idea, pwede pa naman siguro kayalang baka lipas na kaalaman niya sa mga latest coaching trends...same with coaches Nemie Villegas and Ed Reyes.

Meanwhile, from what i gathered sa TagaLetran...Samboy is deferring the appointment in favour of Tonichi Pujante for two years. However, Lim will oversee the Basketball Sports program of the school and will only take over on the 3rd year. He and Tonichi have been running a basketball clinic for sometime now similar to the Best Milo. If you look at it, their program looks very promising, the results though would not be immediate.

...also basing from some comments ive read, (some of which were quite funny and radical), quite a few alumni wants the head of Fr. Vic Calvo ASAP. I would assume there would be some resistance coming from Fr. Vic's camp. But the 0lder batches of the late 70's to the 80's (where i belong) ehm, ay naiinip na!. These are the batches that were spoiled $#*!! celebrating championships year in and year out. The Letran Knights were on a rampage during that era. So you couldnt blame them.

Anyways, hoping we get thru with the selection process peacefully and orderly. Abangan...

bugleboy
11-17-2014, 11:01 PM
Nagtatampo daw si Coach Tisoy. Tsk tsk. Apparently, he wasn't told that Letran would be launching a new search after his contract expired. Hope this can be ironed out pronto.

http://rivals.ph/basketball/2014/11/caloy-garcia-offended-letran-dont-want-last-option/

knightrider
11-17-2014, 11:27 PM
Hay naku!

bugleboy
11-18-2014, 10:14 AM
What I've noticed about Coach Caloy is that he always seems to get good coverage from the press. I wish he used more of that PR magic with the refs this season, though.

knightrider, I was intrigued by your news about Aldrin Ayo being one of the candidates for the position. I remember he was a pretty good pointguard for us during the Raymundo years, but I didn't even know that he had become a coach. The key question is, how would this coaching change now affect our players and our prospects? Will they stay and play on or will they call it quits?

If, as you say, 10 players from the roster last year would be taken out, then there would only be 5 players left. I'm guessing that three of those would be Cruz, Racal and Nambatac. Who would the two other holdovers be? I think we can probably choose from this list: Publico, Quinto, Singontiko, Saldua, and Calvo.

Of those sure-fire bets, two (Cruz and Racal) would be playing out their final year in 2015, so if we begin with an entirely new slate with players from Team B (and some other Team A players who would make the cut), that would mean that Nambatac would be the only real veteran left in 2016. That would constitute quite a challenge for any new coach.

Off-hand, I'm partial to the Samboy Lim-Tonichi Pujante tie-up. But then, that's just me. I'm hoping that all these speculations will end soon.

ESCALERA JR.
11-18-2014, 07:20 PM
We're back to square one if Letran chooses to let go of coach Pogi. The tonichi-samboy tandem looks very promising indeed...long term planning ika nga BUT coach Caloy's program is already in place. Kung ipapaubaya ni Samboy muna kay tonichi ang first 2 yrs eh di -iextend nalang ng another 2 years si Garcia to give Lim and Pujante more time to chart their plans. Mapo-polarize na naman ang Letran community nito. Mga pros and anti...labu labu at samut saring suggestions coming from different camps.

Coach Garcia has already verbalize his sentiments in print for all to see. I hope the Letran admi./ athletic moderator takes this into consideration.

knightrider
11-19-2014, 07:18 AM
I'm also partial to Pogi. But CG is out (sana nga hindi pa).

Fr. Calvo, a regular fixture during our November hullabaloo was nowhere in sight. Baka kasama rin siya sa revamp.

With a new Rector coming in, baka hands on management ito sa team (just my opinion). That's why they're wiping the slate clean. That includes coaches, players and athletic moderator. In all probability, this Rector will be the quadri-centennial Rector. Better let the current admin do the house-cleaning, so the newbie will not be blamed for the beheadings. 2020 is the slated timetable in converting CSJL-Manila into a sole university or as part of a Letran university system. So a lot of leg room space is made for him to do his stuff. That includes the basketball program, which provides a lot of media mileage. Siempre, of course, I'm speculating on some of the collaterals to established facts. Medyo Machiavellian ang dating but that is not my intent.

Anyway, back to baloncesto, a winning team is also a marketing device. This may be one of the new paradigms considered.

Or merely, LRP to make the team ready for the next slew of crowns once the imports have departed.

Who really knows?

bugleboy
11-21-2014, 09:31 AM
To be fair to Coach Caloy, I think he did what he could with the team that he inherited. He did develop Almazan's confidence to the point where he became an offensive threat and NCAA MVP material. He improved Racal's game from being merely a slasher to a more versatile one, featuring a decent outside shot. He was able to develop Ruaya, Gabawan and even Publico from merely being bangers to more than decent ballers. And he was able to recruit promising guys like Nambatac, Calvo, Singontiko, and Saldua.

Was our lack of an adequate replacement for Almazan his fault? I don't think so. Coach Caloy came in during Almazan's last year, so there was not enough time for him to go about finding a replacement right away. Having said that, he was still able to recruit Saldua from CSB, at least.

So, if there is a clamor to replace him, it is only because our Letran brethren are impatient. They want results quickly; and having a team -- not even if it was weak to begin with -- finish outside the Final Four did not help Coach Caloy a whole lot.

Quite frankly, there is a also a clamor to retain Coach Caloy -- the point being, he has to be allowed to finish what he started. Two years may not be a fair enough gauge to be able to judge his contribution.

Whatever the priests decide, I just hope they decide quickly. We can't have this uncertainty surrounding the team fester for too long. Otherwise, we may begin to lose players and potential recruits.

ESCALERA JR.
11-22-2014, 04:56 AM
We are all aching for the return of Letran Basketball glory - why not?...in every turn of the decade since 1950, '60 and '70...the cluster ofchampionships in the '80's - 90's until the turn of the millenium. Mag iisang dekada na pala since our last celebration...we landed in the Finals 3 times, and twice were only one game away. Hence, the impatience of many of our alumni brothers.

Changing the entire coaching staff now would not guaranty success right away. Asahan mong pag nagtatatalo yung pumalit na bagong grupo, we will again be demanding for their change. While we failed to enter the final 4 this year, coach Caloys performance is not bad at all. Lumakas lang talaga ang roster ng ibang teams when other schools opted to go with the trend of having foreigners to be competetive while our side insisted to remain all pinoy, the feat even becomes harder.

Lets take a mini poll bugleboy and knightrider : Retain Caloy Garcia or Replace?
Ako, im in favor of C.Garcia retain his post. It takes time to form a caliber team. Replacing it with a new set of coaches is just like starting from Block 1 again and that would disrupt the continuity of his program. Give him another lease, max 3 yrs with Nambatac as his cornerstone together w his own recruits to see his program come to fruition.

bugleboy
11-25-2014, 07:10 AM
I wouldn't mind having Coach Caloy back, but I think he has to improve his in-game adjustments and his mental preparation of the boys. If he can do those, plus do some minor miracles on the recruitment front, then we may be able to go back into Finals shape sooner rather than later.

knightrider
11-26-2014, 03:54 PM
Yung end game executions medyo kulang. We lost winnable games because of that. Obvious yun during our 1st game against SSC-R. That set the tone for the season. During the time of Coach Louie, there were two seasons we started flat with back to back losses. But we made the FF and even the Finals because of the never give-in, never give up mentality. Surely, we lost games, but the angas and the bangis were always there.

ESCALERA JR.
11-29-2014, 03:28 PM
Its official... Caloy Garcia is out. Aldin Ayo is the new Letran Knights headcoach.

http://www.spin.ph/basketball/news/!...-out-who-he-is

bugleboy
11-29-2014, 07:54 PM
Well, it looks like knightrider's insider was right after all. Here's hoping that with our new coach, we will have better luck this time around. Arriba!

ESCALERA JR.
11-29-2014, 11:17 PM
Paano kaya kung si Samboy ang napiling next headcoach!?!...laking disgrasya kung nagkataon. Let us pray for Lim's swift recovery. Good luck to our new coach Aldin Ayo. To coach Caloy Garcia, Muchas Gracias Senyor -
Arriba!

ESCALERA JR.
11-29-2014, 11:17 PM
....dbl post

knightrider
12-02-2014, 10:19 AM
The question on the new coach is answered. The next to be clarified - Who are the 10 players to be cut from the current line-up?

ESCALERA JR.
12-07-2014, 07:37 PM
Now that the coaching issue has been addressed, the composition of the team is next in the agenda. And with newly minted headcoach Aldin Ayo also serving as one of the asst. coaches of the KIA Sorrentos in the PBA, does it follow that a TeamKnights benefactor is not far behind? http://rivals.ph/basketball/2014/12/...nership-works/

bugleboy
12-07-2014, 10:11 PM
I for one wouldn't say no to Pacquiao if ever he would want to finance our basketball team. If ever, we can even use this to wake up our would-be benefactors from the alumni ranks. Sample pitch: "Look, if a non-alumnus like Manny Pacquiao is willing to pony up money to support the team, why the heck don't you?!"

ESCALERA JR.
12-08-2014, 09:24 PM
Financial backer, why not dougnut! Okay na okay yan!...basta ba huwag playing-Coach.

He earns billion$ year-in/year out, it won't even give a dent to splurge kahit .01% sa Sports program that would carry his name. Dapat hindi lang basketball...lahat ng sports na!

At pagnatatalo, mag cheer na rin siya ng...manalo o matalo!....@#$ kayo!

bugleboy
12-24-2014, 03:30 PM
Four-year contract pala ang pinirmahan ni Coach Aldin Ayo sa Letran.

http://www.letran.edu/main/news/article/2216

ESCALERA JR.
11-01-2015, 05:20 AM
Just upping this thread...sorry, just cant get enough of AYO.

Looking back, we were actually like lost lambs exactly a year ago after having been unable to make the f4 cut. Very soon thereafter, talks about coaching replacements took over...coach caloy garcia haggling for another 2 yrs...,Samboy lims group making a bid until that unfortunate incident and some other names propping up...The name of Ayo was not even thought of in the shortlists amongst alumni. And when finally he did, eyebrows were raised saying...'what?"..aldin who?

Ang buhay nga naman! Iginuhit sa tadhana...DESTINY. Now Aldin Ayos name is the toast of the town in the coaching circles...he made the improbable a reality. And with it gave Letran back its long cherished ncaa crown. And im not daydreaming... coz Its true, its REAL. We are this years NCAA CHAMPIONS.

and COACH ALDIN AYO just brought us to the promised land once again.

ARRIBA LETRAN!!!!!

knightrider
11-01-2015, 10:25 AM
Escalera Jr... tama ka diyan!

BTW, Coach Aldin Ayo is a back to back winner.

He was part of the 1998 and 1999 CSJL Knights back to back NCAA champions.

In a way he is also a back to back 6PDD* as a player and as a coach.

Sana, mag back to back din siya as coach next season.

They say Rome wasn't built in a day. Somebody forgot to tell that to Coach Ayo.

Arriba LETRAN!!!


*6PDD -6 Peat Dynasty Destroyer

ESCALERA JR.
11-01-2015, 11:20 AM
oonga pala!... just realized that baste was also going for a record 6peat at that time in '98..the cris calaguio, erwin velez era vs rodney santos and co. .
Coach Ayo...ang batang kj... He let it rain in both parades.

knightrider
11-02-2015, 06:05 AM
Aldin Ayo comes from a line of Letran coaches who won crowns as a player and as a coach.

These include Nilo Verona, Gabby Fajardo, Nemie Villegas and Rudy Hines.

ESCALERA JR.
11-05-2015, 12:09 PM
^Larry Albano and Eddie Reyes were members of the Letran Knights '66 champions w Nemie Villegas.

knightrider
11-06-2015, 04:45 PM
Wow, Nilo Verona coached a slew of players who also became champion coaches.

knightrider
11-09-2015, 06:41 PM
See Coach Aldin Ayo in action as a player.

Go to You Tube.

https://youtu.be/LCvgtZoDy_Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=443d1vB70Gc

https://youtu.be/c2OSB53wVvU

See Coach ALDIN deliver the WINNING basket for the Knights in the 1st game of the 1999 NCAA Championship! May sakit pa siya nun!

knightrider
11-18-2015, 10:41 AM
It's the mindset that determined the outcome.

Season 88 - "Adeogun is our biggest problem." -CLA

Season 89 - "Ang laking factor ni Ola...mahihirapan kaming talaga." -CCG

Season 91 - "Guys, atin na ito!" -Coach Aldin Ayo.

bugleboy
11-19-2015, 09:50 PM
^Right you are, knightrider! Even considering that SBC lost quite a lot of firepower (Semerad brothers, Kyle Pascual, and JP Mendoza) that they were not able to replace, and even considering that they had quite a shallow point guard corps this year, a lesser coach would still not have been able to take advantage and win the title.

Aside from the House of Chaos defensive scheme, this self-fulfilling prophecy (Atin 'to!) may be the best gift Coach Aldin has given the Knights. Kudos to you, Coach Aldin!

Spikermike
11-25-2015, 08:59 PM
http://www.spin.ph/basketball/news/is-letran-champion-coach-alden-ayo-next-in-line-for-la-salle-coaching-job

https://twitter.com/JoeySVillar/status/669489550016671744

Wow this is a real stunner, Knights of the Round Table. If true, I wonder how your community will be on your victory party on the 27th.

Sayang… he will not be just Letran's loss, but the NCAA's as well.

bugleboy
11-25-2015, 09:41 PM
Still hoping that it's not true. Sayang nga.

admiral thrawn
11-25-2015, 10:37 PM
unholy alliance with the boxer did it for you guys..so sad.

Spikermike
11-26-2015, 09:38 AM
unholy alliance with the boxer did it for you guys..so sad.

Interesting point. Lest we forget, it was the PacMan's very own tournament in General Santos that cost Ben Mbala his eligibility this season, which in turn cost the GAs a dominant big man who could've turned the tide for their Season78 campaign. The Boss ECJ could have just been wanting some sort of payback. But then again, that's just conspiracy theory-thinking.

A more brutally honest assessment could just very well be plain old trapo - traditional politics. Coach Aldin is seeking a third term as City Councilor in Sorsogon in next year's election. He ran under Boss Danding's NPC party, right? Loyalty to the political Godfather over alma mater, 4 year contract with Letran or not, simply prevailed.

ESCALERA JR.
11-26-2015, 11:09 AM
http://www.spin.ph/basketball/news/is-letran-champion-coach-alden-ayo-next-in-line-for-la-salle-coaching-job

https://twitter.com/JoeySVillar/status/669489550016671744

Wow this is a real stunner, Knights of the Round Table. If true, I wonder how your community will be on your victory party on the 27th.

Sayang… he will not be just Letran's loss, but the NCAA's as well.

i seriously doubt this news...pero sabi nga nila kung may usok...???

Tonight will be our Colegio week cum Victory party. Dito naten malalaman ang tunay...straight from the horse' mouth.

I trust Coach Aldin' character and demeanor...a true and loyal Knight. Kung pumayag man siya eh siguro after his contract w Letran.
However kung totong lahat ang nalabasan na balita, Thank you na rin coach and Goodluck na lang... at patuloy ang
pagArriba sa taft!.

ESCALERA JR.
11-26-2015, 03:53 PM
OH well...all good things do come to an Abrupt end.

IT WAS GOOD WHILE IT LASTED COACH AA. Thanks for a Magical Season91... and BANNER #17!!!

This thread is now Officially OPEN FOR BUSINESS...again.

Tuloy ang Victory celebration...Arriba LETRAN.

The_Big_Cat
11-27-2015, 10:33 AM
@Escalera: Bakit mo pa kasi binuhay itong thread? hehe. Yung benefactor niyo bakit walang kibo sa issue na ito?

bugleboy
11-27-2015, 01:50 PM
^Actually, from the looks of it, mukha namang walang kinalaman si Pacquiao dito. This looks like a straightforward deal between Cojuangco-DLSU and Coach Ayo.

Letran has already said its piece -- may 4-year contract si Coach Aldin, but Letran is willing to waive the remaining three years to accommodate Ayo's wish to transfer. No need to buy out his contract, Letran said to La Salle. We do not need your money.

Ang mas nakapagtataka -- bakit walang kibo ang mga Brothers ng La Salle? Puro si Cojuangco lang ang dumidiskarte? Are they condoning this action? Or are they too powerless to do anything even if they disagree?

Also, to me, this action by Cojuangco-DLSU is an affront not only to Letran, but also to the NCAA as a league. Is the NCAA going to unite and make a stand regarding this? They should, really. But I doubt whether they will.

bugleboy
11-27-2015, 02:46 PM
Let's move on from this!

http://www.spin.ph/basketball/ncaa/news/letran-to-form-search-committe-to-look-for-aldin-ayo-replacement#jxuMAaDBxvSek0JV.01

BedanRoar
11-27-2015, 08:49 PM
https://sportsmaryosep.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/money-isnt-everything/

Money Isn’t Everything
Intramuros, Manila
November 27, 2015
Money Isn’t Everything

Aldin Ayo has officially bid goodbye to Letran.
Ayo left because he accepted a lucrative contract with La Salle to take over from the resigned Juno Sauler. There were news going around that the money involved is somewhere in the viscinity of P9 million for three years. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for Ayo. Coaching for a glamour, big-moneyed school, Ayo just couldn’t resist the temptation and decided to plunge into the abyss.
Good for La Salle.
It got a young, talented coach who has the heart of a champion and whose meal ticket is his analytics-based style of coaching. If he can lead a rag-tag Letran team to a championship that practically everybody didn’t expect, there is a big chance he can replicate it with the Archers. Why not? La Salle has the material. It’s a matter of these Archers buying into Ayo’s system and Ayo bowing a little to this team that has utterly underachieved this UAAP season.
But with Ayo, the sky is the limit for La Salle.
As for Letran, Ayo’s sudden departure, left it heartbroken.
And they could have fought back. After all, Ayo has three years left in his contract with the school. Or at least make money out of it as La Salle was reportedly willing to buy out Ayo’s remaining contract. And everybody goes home happy.
But no.
Accepting La Salle’s offer and engaging Ayo and La Salle in a legal battle will betray what Letran stands for. Integrity. Faith. Forgiveness. Acceptance. Letting go. Values the Dominican Order has taught its countless number of students for centuries now.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is more important than money.
Nor victory.
So I take a bow to this Letran institution for teaching us all that there is hope in this temptation-filled world.
As the old saying goes, “Losing isn’t always the end, sometimes it becomes the beginning.”

bugleboy
11-28-2015, 12:47 PM
I hope this sorry incident underlines for all of us the difference between amateur and professional sports, and between the academe and commerce.

Letran's stand illustrates that the primary role of schools is value formation, and amateur sports as development of raw talent. When individuals outside of school systems mess around with these roles and aims, then problems like the Ayo affair will happen. We should not really use the accepted practices in commerce (like piracy of talent, buying out of contracts, etc.) to justify actions in amateur sports.

Letran's Dominicans, through the Fr. Rector-President, have already made their stand clear. They have even sent a letter to La Salle President Rey Suplido, asking why a brother-Catholic school would do such a thing to another.

So far, not a peep from the Lasallians. Just a PR piece that made Ayo say that he did not transfer for the money or for politics.

Sheesh.

ESCALERA JR.
11-28-2015, 05:53 PM
LAST night, the euphoric days of celebrations came to a bittersweet parting of ways. After only a year at the helm as HC, Ayo bid farewell to his gallant Knights, his players and the whole Letran community. A supposedly victorious and joyous celebration was tainted in somber mood. A confirmation that yes, he is indeed moving on to 'greener pastures'.

Some have accepted it as a matter of factly, but still a few rejected the idea (including me). Cant blame them, afterall, the timing and how the news spilled thru the social media has caught us all off guard. And the manner by which the deal was sealed has opened old wounds against an old foe so to speak. La salle's basketball godfather D.C. literally pulled the rug from us and dangled an offer to our naive but brilliant rookie coach who has a live contract.

Surely memories of the infamous 1980 encounter came rushing back into our consciousness. Its been a long 35 yrs hence pero parang kelan lang... nasariwa uli ang dating sugat. At sa nangyaring ito, LINTEK lang ang....luckily for some, advancing age has somewhat tempered and mellowed us.

Alam kong marami rami sa atin ang may tampo kay Ayo...how could you coach!...sabi mo after winning it all, " tama na ang sakit, tayo naman".Anyare?... parang mas masakit tong ginawa mo.

Hopefully sooner, everything will come to pass and coach Ayo will be forgiven. But LS' total disrespect and blatant disregard will be etched and will not be forgotten easily... it only set themselves up as the Knights enemy #1 all over again.

We all wish Aldrin Ayo all the best and success in his new home.
Maraming salamat coach for the championship you have given the Knights in your so short a stint as Letran coach. The banner number 17 will serve as a reminder of the legacy you have given Letran Basketball. Goodluck. ARRIBA..este ANIMO TO YOU.

ESCALERA JR.
11-30-2015, 01:44 PM
Who has the inside track to succeed Coach Ayo? from facebook buzz in tagaLetran ka...looks like Glen Capacio decided not to join coach Ayoand deputy coach gonzales at taft. Mukhang nagpahiwatig na interesado siya to fill in the position.
Kerby Raymundo and Willie Miller were also mentioned. Others names floating were former Squires coaches monch gavieres, coach Odick, Jing Ruiz and tino Pinat.
Huwag na tayo lumayo layo pa. Capacio being an integral part of this seasons 'organized chaos and mayhem' team that won us the crown should be the most logical choice ika nga.
Ang tanong, sino-sino magiging staff niya?

ESCALERA JR.
11-30-2015, 01:44 PM
Who has the inside track to succeed Coach Ayo? from facebook buzz in tagaLetran ka...looks like Glen Capacio decided not to join coach Ayoand deputy coach gonzales at taft. Mukhang nagpahiwatig na interesado siya to fill in the position.
Kerby Raymundo and Willie Miller were also mentioned. Others names floating were former Squires coaches monch gavieres, coach Odick, Jing Ruiz and tino Pinat.
Huwag na tayo lumayo layo pa. Capacio being an integral part of this seasons 'organized chaos and mayhem' team that won us the crown should be the most logical choice ika nga.
Ang tanong, sino-sino magiging staff niya?

bugleboy
12-01-2015, 02:44 PM
Glenn Capacio's not a bad choice. If anything, this would assure continuity from the previous regime and so, would not be so disruptive. Our players need stability at this point in time.

Monch Gavieres is also a good choice, having mentored our Squires-turned-Knights during their HS days. Tino Pinat, the long-time Alas assistant and former Knights star, is also a good choice. But both Gavieres and Pinat may not have enough cachet to attract potential recruits. On the other hand, Miller and Raymundo may both have cachet, but are they experienced enough to be good coaches? I don't know.

What is weird to me is, why are we not even considering Louie Alas? A few weeks ago, he was touted to be on the verge of landing a contract with Perpetual Help, until talks fell through. Now, he is in the mix for the vacant Ateneo spot. He is open, quite obviously, to another stint with a college team, and seems to be genuinely pursuing this possibility.

So why isn't Letran even bothering to ask him? Masyado nang mahal? Just asking.

bugleboy
12-07-2015, 03:59 PM
Re the Ayo brouhaha -- so far, we haven't heard anything from the La Salle camp. Not one peep from the Brothers. I guess it was too much to expect that they would have enough decency even to reply to a formal letter from our Fr. Rector about the hastiness of the Ayo hiring, given that there was a live contract.

Oh well. Life goes on. Meanwhile, we still have to find our new coach.

ESCALERA JR.
12-07-2015, 05:34 PM
Si Glen Capacio na sana. The core of the team that will defend the crown eg. Luib, Nambatac, Sollano, Quinto, Apreku and calvo ay kabisado na ni coach Glen...and vice versa. No need to tinker with what is so far running smoothly like a well oiled machine. However, the void left by Racal and Cruz ang dapat punuan, that is 30-40 production pts on ave ang nawala saten, but im confident there will always be somebody who can easily fill that void. Tradition na natin yan na evrytime natatapos ang isang era, meron bagong sumisikat. After Alas and Almazan, akalain ba naten mapa champion tayo ni cruz and kracs...same thing when ronjay left, si boyet/aban sumalo, then jazul/reyG. This time its rey nambatacs era with sollano and luib alongside.

knightrider
12-07-2015, 07:30 PM
Arriba! The manner by which we won the crown is the stuff of legends! Let's move on to the next chapter!

knightrider
12-07-2015, 07:34 PM
It's Danding who can answer the question. The Brothers probably were not privy to the transaction.

Anyway, with our 17th crown in place...let's move on to our 18th.

As for Glen coaching...why not indeed?

After winning the 1998 crown, coach Alas went to the PBA. Coach Favis took over for our back to back crown.

Marami talagang deja vu situation with the events that transpired this year. Anyway, for all these, we can only be thankful for our Christmas will indeed be merry and prosperous.

bugleboy
12-09-2015, 01:46 PM
^That's too bad for La Salle, if that were true. It's like they have already abdicated the responsibility of running their basketball program to Cojuangco. Might as well rename DLSU to DLCU, with C standing for Cojuangco.

I really don't think La Salle and its Brothers can shirk from their responsibility or culpability here. Danding acted in behalf of the school, and acted in their name. In the end, the supposed beneficiary of this move is none other than La Salle.

Pero you're right. Let's focus on preparing for our 18th title, instead of harping on what we know is obvious anyway.

Malapit na ang PCCL. Wala pa rin tayong coach! Capacio na!

AnthonyServinio
12-15-2015, 05:46 PM
The Letran Knights will be handled in their 2015 PCCL campaign by Coach Napoleon Garcia.


http://servssports.wordpress.com

bugleboy
12-21-2015, 11:02 AM
This has got to be the clumsiest and lamest attempt to save La Salle's image. Message to Danding and La Salle: fire your PR agency; they're making you look like fools.

http://www.spin.ph/basketball/uaap/news/dlsu-coach-aldin-ayo-real-reason-for-moving-fresh-start

ESCALERA JR.
12-23-2015, 10:02 PM
As far as the letran community is concerned, in less than a year as letran coach, became a cult hero of sorts. But because of his decision to abandon ship naging kontrabida. From HERO to ZERO. Good luckna lang sa kanya...or good riddance.

MALIGAYANG ARRIBANG PASKO AT UMAARRIBANG BAGONG TAON.

knightrider
12-24-2015, 01:06 PM
Fellow Knights, hold your horses!

Coach Aldin gave us all a truly memorable season.

He lead a motley crew of Knights that no one thought could break into the FF to become King of the pack. Ayo brought the team and all Knights to the NCAA promised land.

The opponent getting our “winningest” title with their 17th and followed by the 18th championship at the Knights’ expense were difficultto swallow. Ayo verbalized all our frustrations while watching the games in Sorsosgon. He knew how we all felt.

But he had the tenacity to ensure the same would not be repeated under his watch. In one fell of his Knightly sword, he obliterated all the frustration, gloom, forlornness, and doleful feelings as a result of the misses in the Finals of recent years.

Winning our 17th the crown this year was double edged, Not only are we Season 91 champions, we also prevented the opponent to bask in the glory of NCAA history. The Knights frustrated their date with destiny. And that wound will never heal.

Ayo was given a four year contract to bring a crown within that time.

He did it in his first year! And how the Knights won the crown, and the circumstances by which it were achieved, are the stuff of legends.

The mission was accomplished this Season 91!!

That he opted out after this season should never be taken against him. Whatever reasons he has for moving on…personal, political, financial, career wise, etc. are not our concern.

He is a fellow Knight who done us all a great service.

Let’s wish him well and more success.

After all, this Christmas would not be as merry for all Knights if not for him and his gallant crew and coaching staff!

The new year beckons, and with that a new chapter for our Knights!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good ARRIBA!

ESCALERA JR.
01-19-2016, 02:54 AM
We're halfway past the first month of the new year wala pa rin bang napipiling Head coach? Whats keeping the team from announcing...sino na ba talaga🙈

bugleboy
01-25-2016, 11:12 AM
Randy Alcantara daw? Not a bad choice, if true. I think Alcantara was the brain behind the resurgence of the Cardinals this season.

http://www.spin.ph/basketball/ncaa/news/randy-alcantara-set-to-take-over-from-aldin-ayo-as-letran-knights-coach-says-source

knightrider
01-25-2016, 01:43 PM
Intramuros consortium merry go round? We pirated Andrei Mendoza from LPU several years back and LPU pirated him back thereafter. Now, we're pirating one of the brain trust of MIT.

bugleboy
01-26-2016, 10:20 AM
Oops, looks like there's another candidate. Leaked info from Manila Bulletin showed that Jeff Napa (assistant coach of the NU Bulldogs and HC of the Bullpups) may be in the running as well.

MrM
01-26-2016, 10:52 AM
^ Magaling yun ser. Daming laman ng playbook niya. Pro sets pa nga yung iba (kaya nabibiktima Eaglets namin eh, haha). Also very good in in-game adjustments.

mrjumbo03
01-26-2016, 09:30 PM
Napa is the leading candidate pa daw according to TieBreakerTimes.

bugleboy
01-28-2016, 06:48 PM
May Monch Gavierres din na lumulutang. He's the only alumnus-candidate that we have so far.

Re Napa, I personally haven't seen the Bullpups play, so I have no comment about his abilities as a coach. However, the record right now is pretty impressive.

ESCALERA JR.
01-28-2016, 09:59 PM
Alcantara and J.Napa are good choices.

Better kung former Letran player and alumnus like Gavierres or Ronjay or Tino Piant or Ruiz Or even balik Garcia uli tayo.

Best choice though (for me) would still be Capacio for continuity and familiarity with the system.

whatever or whoever, supporta na lang tayo...nasa players na yan kung mag rerespond sila sa challenge for a back to back.

bugleboy
02-05-2016, 09:36 AM
With the names that have been floated, Jeff Napa seems to be the selection committee's choice. He is the only one now who still has an ongoing commitment that prevents Letran from announcing. Alcantara's NCAA season is over, and so is Gavierres's PBA stint with Alaska. So those can't be the reasons for the delayed announcement.

Unless, of course, they really haven't decided yet. That's worse. :(

bugleboy
10-02-2016, 10:09 AM
Paging ESCALERA JR.!

Something's wrong with our threads. I don't know, though, if it's within your power to fix this, or if you have to take it up with admin. Wala lang. Just saying.

ESCALERA JR.
10-02-2016, 05:26 PM
Pansin ko nga some threads have gone missing. I think other forums too have lost some threads. Good idea you revived this old thread, tignan naten if this goes haywire pm naten admin...anyway the missing thread was a forgetable basketball season92 for the Knights. Lets move on to S93.

izon
10-06-2016, 01:08 PM
Muyang and Pascual former Green Archers to play for the Knights.

bugleboy
10-06-2016, 06:58 PM
^I know that Pascual and Barnes are now in Letran, but I still have to get confirmation about Muyang. Are you sure about this?

izon
10-07-2016, 10:10 AM
^I know that Pascual and Barnes are now in Letran, but I still have to get confirmation about Muyang. Are you sure about this?
It was mentioned in Archerpride. A trade off for coach Ayo. He he he

bugleboy
12-10-2016, 09:23 PM
Mukhang delikado na naman tayo rito ah.

http://tiebreakertimes.com/tbt/jamike-jarin-jeff-napa-seen-as-favortites-to-take-nu-bulldogs-coach/73556

ESCALERA JR.
12-11-2016, 06:22 AM
Its Napa's call. Coach Ayo was let go w a live contract then, wont be surprised if Napa opts to go back where he came from. Either way, move on na lang tayo.✌🏾️

knightrider
12-11-2016, 05:42 PM
Napa still has unfinished business with CSJL -the 19th Crown.

bugleboy
12-12-2016, 12:28 PM
My concern is one of continuity. I don't think it's good for a team to have four different coaches in four years, as it will hurt recruitment and players' development.

But then, ESCALERA's right. It is Coach Jeff's call, not ours.

ESCALERA JR.
12-13-2016, 06:31 PM
Napa here to stay. Sbc' Jsmike Jarin is NU coach������������

bugleboy
12-14-2016, 10:29 AM
In other news, apparently Coach Louie Alas is in the running for new SBC coach. I'm hoping he does not take it, as this will resurrect all those accusations against him circa Season 88.

Of course, judging from his past actions, Coach Louie will surely be interested in this post because he would want to guide the career of his third son, Kenneth. Kaya lang, sana -- for delicadeza's sake -- huwag na lang.

ESCALERA JR.
12-15-2016, 10:37 AM
Louie Alas to sit as HC for the RL!?...quite unthinkable a few years back pero iba na panahon. Its the color of your money nowadays (asidefrom their passion for coaching). Kung si coach Ayo nga umalis with a contract, si Alas pa na libreng libre ngayon. Tapos andun pa si Kenneth.

If ever he gets the job, paano na ang cheering...and jeering sa mag kabilang side?Diba parang pigil at alanganin! We are hoping not, but everything is possible.

bugleboy
12-15-2016, 12:29 PM
Alas still has his cushy assistant coaching job with the Alaska Aces, although it's a long shot if he will ever be head coach there due to Uytengsu's infatuation with Caucasian coaches.

Trying out for the SBC post might be his shot at the big time, considering that MVP may decide later on to give him another shot at a head coaching job in the PBA (if he achieves success at SBC). That is, of course, if MVP has already forgotten Alas's ill-fated stint at Mobiline (now Talk n Text).

Still, awkward...

ESCALERA JR.
12-15-2016, 02:59 PM
bugle, 4 yrs ago after that infamous loss in game3 of S88, ang daming naglabasan na istoryang di maganda. Sabay sa pag alis ni coach ang pag lipat naman ng batang Alas sa Red Cubs. I recall posting in one of our threads (or isit @ RL den) na balang araw baka maging coach si Alas dun. Nagbilang na ng taon,...hinog na si Kenneth..., bakante ang position- Eto na ata. Dumating na ang Tamang Panahon.

knightrider
12-15-2016, 07:27 PM
CLA joining that team really would be an interesting development. Interesting to see how much playing time his other son will get...after all this offspring is no Kevin, if you know what I mean. Si Kevin binabad ng husto, pero not many eyebrows were raised as the guy was really talented, so you can't really cry nepotism.

If he indeed changes color, ok lang. This will be further motivation for the Knights to draw their swords frm the scabbard, sharpen their lances and stick it to the other team. I think if both teams meet in the finals, parang no win situation sa kanya. If the other camp wins, all the monuments laid in his honor in the colegio will be torn down, his legacy will parallel that of Benedict Arnold and Judas Isacriot. If the Knights beat them in the finals, he will be skewered like horse, a Trojan horse that is.

More drama in the NCAA will make the league more exciting. It may also make the rivalry between the two camps real, unlike the contrived one today put up by the television channel to spur interest in the league.

bugleboy
12-17-2016, 03:09 PM
I wonder how the Fraternal Order of Knights will react to this, if ever. Alas is supposed to be an honorary member of the FROKs.

knightrider
12-17-2016, 03:32 PM
It was a nice topic for discussion and speculation. But news have it that MVP has chosen Boyet Fernandez to take over from Jarin. Its all moot now, unless the news is "fake". I was hoping for the great Jimmy Alapag to be given a shot at head coaching but perhaps hindi pa hinog. I think once Napa brings a title to 1620 Muralla, he'll also be made an honorary member of the fraternity. Ang lutong pa ng tunog - Jeff FROKS. Will somebody get this corn off my foot?

P.S. I apologize to the millennial Knights if the last joke doesn't register. But I'm sure bugle and Escalera still remember Mike Hanopol and those hip years of very wide bell bottom pants, very long hair, side burns, nik nik shirts with ultra big collars and SDK (samahang double knit).

ESCALERA JR.
12-18-2016, 06:26 AM
Nice one knight...laki sa layaw lang!

We can now breath a sigh of relief CBF secured a return trip to mendiola and not our manong Alas. Mahirap isipin that we will go head to head with coach Louie sa eliminations, F4 or worse sa Finals setting. At di lang yun, pares Alas pa makakaharap naten, saan ngayon pu-puwesto ang magkapatid kevin at junjun during games?! Sa loyola katipunan na lang siya dalhin ni MVP at dun magharap sila ni coach Ayo.

bugleboy
12-19-2016, 11:37 PM
^@knightrider: Jeff FROKS indeed! :)

Re Coach Boyet, I think he really is the better choice. For one, he has already brought two titles to Mendiola, and AFAIK, the Bedans like him.

Looks like Coach Jeff has his work cut out for him. He has done a good job recruiting so far; let's see how he will bring these players together to make a TEAM!

bugleboy
12-04-2017, 01:39 PM
I wonder how Coach Aldin feels at the moment. Apart from losing a hard-fought UAAP finals series yesterday, there are multiple rumors about him transferring to UST despite a supposed multi-million peso contract with DLSU, alleged friction with some influential DLSU supporters, etc.

There is a replacement coach supposedly waiting in the wings -- one who has also earned a championship in the UAAP.

Ang hirap sigurong magtrabaho na may parang punyal na nakatutok sa ulo mo, ano?

Kung sabagay, ginusto niya iyan. He left his four-year contract with us (with three years left), to join a program that -- according to him -- only offered him a short-term contract (up to December 2017 daw). Ewan ko, napaka-fantastic nitong kuwentong ito.

However, as Letranites, we can only wish our fellow Letranite well, whatever shape or form his next assignment may take.

As for coach Jeff -- we will remember that you promised that the Knights will be champions next season. We will hold our tongues until then.

bchoter
12-04-2017, 01:48 PM
Ano kayang nangyari had the priest picked Randy Alcantara instead of Jeff? IMHO, mas solid ang Xs and Os ni Coach Randy, who won a crown over a stronger field at lower cost.Coach Jeff’s Bullpups were clearly the top team when he won in the UAAP Jrs.

bugleboy
12-04-2017, 01:56 PM
^Water under the bridge, sir bchoter. I agree with you, though, that Alcantara seems to be more knowledgeable about the game and may be a better motivator and in-game tactician.

I think Napa's key strength is recruitment. Hopefully, those recruits that he has stocked up for next year will be able to jell with the mainstays. Otherwise, it will be another long season for us.

Maki-tsismis lang... papunta na nga ba sa inyo si Ayo? Masusungkit ba talaga siya ni Fr. Beltran?

knightrider
12-04-2017, 06:57 PM
I'm not sure of this but one news stated that the athletic moderator who recruited him is now with Uste. If indeed Fr. Vic Calvo is in the Tigers' lair now, then it is not far-fetched that UST is a viable option for him.

Matindi ata ang intriga sa green camp. Lalo na nung after yung isang former coach na atat bumalik (but ended up with another blue and white team) got passed over for CAA.

Maybe the double A can return to our castle for the 2020 quadri-centennial championship run. But if Jeff Napa delivers on his championship promise for next year, then that Mac Arthurian return may be illusory at best.

bchoter
12-04-2017, 08:09 PM
AFAIK, Fr. Vic is still very much in Letran.

And I heard that there will be a coaching change in your backyard. But not in the seniors squad.

knightrider
12-04-2017, 09:14 PM
bchoter, The border between the blue & red and the gold & white is very porous. After his stint as head honcho at UST, Fr. Lana assumed a similar post at CSJL. Another top brass at Uste, Fr. Manlangit is now Rector at CSJL-Manaoag. And many others too... so a rigodon to UST involving Fr. Vic is not an impossibility after the two recent coaching fiasco in Espana.


As for the coaching change, its hush hush, under the lid, and only on a need to know basis.

bugleboy
12-06-2017, 04:50 PM
knightrider, I think it was Fr. Franklin Beltran (ex-Letran athletics director) who recruited Ayo as a player before. Fr. Beltran is now in UST, though I don't know in what capacity.

The green fora are still in a tizzy over whether Coach Aldin will remain with them. Even Tim Cone's name has been bandied about as replacement. Iba talaga ang power ng pera ni Danding!

BLUE HORSE
12-07-2017, 06:58 AM
Poor Aldin Ayo. Tinutorotot siya ng ibang Godfather at ng sarili niyang assistant coach. Did he really tender his resignation in the middle of the season because of the politics by the "home grown alumni"? Now they are trying to save face from the fake news denials when all the social media noise and tsismis was coming from their own backyard.

bugleboy
12-08-2017, 10:48 AM
Hmmm... Mukhang malalim at masalimuot pala ang napasukan ni Coach Aldin. Here's hoping, though, that he will find his way around these travails and make the right decision regarding his career.

knightrider
12-09-2017, 07:59 AM
"...Tinutorotot siya... ng sarili niyang assistant coach."

Marami siyang assistant coach. It's probably not Capacio, Gonzales or Luib. They are part of his coterie of personnel that brought him back to back championships at CSJL and DLSU. A newbie joined in early 2017 coming from the rival blue and white. Is that entity a DPA or a trojan horse sent by the blue birdies to rile up the arrows? Sana naman hindi. What say you, BLUE HORSE? Better for CAA to join the Tigers. He can make his magic work there again with full support from the Thomasian community. After all despite being a full blooded Dugong Arriba, he is still a "brod", having been bred in the Dominican philosophy, where gratitude and loyalty are given preminum.

BLUE HORSE
12-09-2017, 10:55 AM
No Trojan horse. The new assistant, Miggy Solitaria, was personally brought in by Ayo himself from Ateneo de Davao. Trabaho lang. Homegrown, dugong berde through and through sabi ng source ko. Heh heh heh.

bchoter
12-09-2017, 12:31 PM
^ From what I heard, ayaw daw ng isang faction ng alumni kay Solitaria, even went as far as asking Coach Ayo to drop him (Solitaria)

knightrider
12-09-2017, 02:55 PM
Poised to win another title this year and the establishment of the M'bala dynasty, methinks the internal bickering within their camp which CAA described as "unresolved issues" resulted in Taftians shooting themselves in the foot with their own proverbial arrow. Instead of looking at a three peat next year, they may now even end up without their championship coach (hurrah for UST, if ever) and start from square one again. I doubt if the Taftians will lighten up their facade with blue again next year if the birdies do a back to back finish. If CAA joins the Tiger, the color will be yellow with stripes. Ha ha ha Sige..more intriga pa! Ha ha ha!!!

ESCALERA JR.
12-09-2017, 06:14 PM
When it rains, it pours for coach Ayo. 2years ago he was the toast of the town in college basketball having won for Letran a fairytale NCAA title then annexed it with a UAAP crown the following season.

But leaving Letran abruptly in the midst of their euphoric celebrations, he set the wheels in motion for haters to feast on him. The red and blue diehards were divided as some wished him well while others hated him to the bones. Now that he is on the losing side, things are unravelling negatively. There is too much pressure now from the green side. Maybe it would be best for him to consider the other options... settinghis sights this time for the ‘golden pasture’.

Kung back to back sana mas madaling desisyonan ang paglipat if the rumors of internal bickerings are real. Eh olats. Lets see how he dealswith this setback.

ESCALERA JR.
12-28-2017, 06:21 AM
Coach Ayo' at it again. Saying one thing, doing another. Maybe Mbala's departure has put too much
pressure on redeeming the title back to Taft he opted to make an exit to Espana this time.

We are not privy on the terms of his cotract w Lasal pero halos ganon din nanyari nun
iniwan tayo sa ere noon...tsk tsk...very controversial moves indeed by coach Aldin.

Anyways, goodluck na lang k coach. Strike while its hot ika nga. Hope you made the
right decision for your budding coaching career come 2018.

Happy New Year to all. Arriba al the way!

bugleboy
01-01-2018, 07:55 PM
When Coach Aldin left Letran, the scuttlebutt was that he did so because of economic reasons. However, with this move to UST, I'm dumbfounded.

Was this because of a falling-out with the powers-that-be behind the Green Archers? Did Coach Aldin merely jump the gun before he was fired? If so, why the surprise that he bolted despite his earlier promise to stay?

Ang daming unanswered questions. Still, I am one with you, ESCALERA JR., in wishing that Coach Aldin made the right choice in transferring to UST.

knightrider
01-01-2018, 09:00 PM
bugleboy, The reason he gave was "personal". I do not begrudge him even if the reason was indeed financial. I mean, wouldn't you transfer to another firm if given a humongous offer? Anyway he gave us (together with the players ) in that remarkable season a unique championship that will be forever be enshrined in NCAA history. Even now, many are still talking about it.

Perhaps, the move to UST is not financially driven. Per bchoter(please correct me sir bchoter) he'll only get a paltry 50 K. (Of course the sponsoring benefactor of the team will probably add more to that that.)

I think his position or peace of mind in Taft was just compromised by the talangkas in Taft. After giving them a championship last year and almost another one this year, he probably had his fill of the "unresolved issues" being served on this plate.

That talangka mentality is pervasive. Even Pido is griping that the USTe job shoud be given to a "brod" (meaning Thomasian) who knows the culture of the school.

Yeah? Well tell that to Louie Alas (from Adamson) who gave us three NCAA crowns, to Binky Favis (UST), who won it for us in the late 90s, to Norman Black (US) and Tad Baldwin (NZ) who won crowns for the birdies, to Jamicke Jarin (SBC) now at the helm of the Bulldogs or to Franz Pumaren (DLSU) now with the Falcons.



Bottom line, kung saan ka happy eh di doon ka!

bugleboy
01-03-2018, 09:23 AM
Coach Ayo's explanation: http://www.spin.ph/basketball/news/aldin-ayo-la-salle-university-of-santo-tomas-uaap

ESCALERA JR.
01-07-2018, 04:48 AM
Entertaining thoughts about Ayo making a comeback as our Quadricentennial coach by 2020 has gone pffftt...

Reports saying he has inked a long term deal as UST mentor has dashed any hopes he might return.

Coach Napa?s contract is halfway thru, however if he will be able to mold his present wards and recruits to a championship caliber team he might just get an extension. Otherwise, another letranite coach will be tasked to do it and former knight Kerby Raymundo is the best possible choice.

In short, Napa will be under pressure to start piling up those W?s for banner #18...#19...till 2020.

Day dream pa more.👊🏼

bugleboy
01-18-2018, 04:21 PM
Basta ako, I'm holding on to Coach Jeff's promise that we will be champions in 2018. Until the season is over, I will be keeping my mouth shut about his coaching style, substitution patterns, strategies, etc.

Good luck to all of us!

bugleboy
01-18-2018, 04:30 PM
Off-topic: I'm sad to hear about the ongoing spat between two Letranite-coaches -- Chris Cantonjos (coach of the UST jrs. team) and Aldin Ayo.

Well, it's not really a spat considering that so far, it has been one-sided, with Cantonjos doing all of the jawing. My advice: pareho naman kayong Letranista, mag-usap na lang kayo ng matino!