Newly designated Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals coach Ariel Sison said that hard work and dedication are the key factors in the improvement of his wards’ performance in the ongoing National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament.
After a disappointing finish last season under its former head coach Andy De Guzman, EAC appointed Sison, a dean in the school’s college of information technology, as the new senior head coach of the Generals.
“I already gave up my comfort zone as the school’s IT dean because of this job. I’m really happy with my new job,” Sison, 42, told The Manila Times in an interview. “I’m already with EAC for years but not as a senior basketball team coach.”
The Generals have already surpassed its 2-16 win-loss record last year with a 3-8 record with still seven more games to be played this season.
When asked about how he improved the Generals’ performance, the Aurora Baler, Quezon native said: “No there’s nothing special. It is all about hard work and dedication. I told my players that what they do in practice will also reflect in the actual game, so they have to work very hard.”
Sison actually is not new to coaching a basketball team having served as coach of EAC junior basketball team in 2012. Sison also worked as assistant coach of former EAC head coaches Nomar Isla and Gerry Esplana.
He remains optimistic though EAC had eight losses in 11 games, “We should continue working very well. As what I’ve been telling my players, everything is a learning process. We should continue working hard. Just like in coaching it is a learning process.”
“I just talked to the players seriously every time and I’m very happy that they are responding well to the challenges and to my instruction. Defense is our main weapon. We’re practicing a lot of defensive drills. Coaching the juniors and the seniors has a different approach. But as what I’ve said, it is a learning process.”
Sison is not closing himself to the possibility of coaching a team in the Philippine Basketball Association someday, “Maybe someday they will consider and appreciate me.”
JOSEF T. RAMOS