San Sebastian College announced that former player Egay Macaraya is the new head coach of the Golden Stags in the upcoming National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 94 men’s basketball tournament.
Macaraya, 50, replaced Rodney Santos. He was a member of San Sebastian’s champion team during the 1980s.
“I was released in good faith by CEU [Centro Escolar University] to San Sebastian, but I will remain the basketball program consultant of CEU and Café France,” Macaraya said during a press conference organized by Café France in Makati City.
“Hopefully, we can form a strong team from Team A and Team B this season. We have 35 players so far and we’re looking to trim it to 20 this week,” he added. “We are hoping also to bring back San Sebastian’s winning tradition this season. We have plenty of homegrown talents.”
“I want to win a championship with San Sebastian, but this is a rebuilding year and a Final Four appearance will already be a big accomplishment for the team. It’s a challenge for my part also to give my alma mater a title.”
Santos failed to lead the Golden Stags to the Final Four last season with a 6-12 win-loss record.
Macaraya added that San Sebastian would employ a different strategy this season, “Let’s see what will happen this season, but we will be focusing more on our running game and shooting because we’re a small team and we don’t have the height.”
He said that he believes the inclusion of former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) superstar Eugene Quilban in the coaching staff will sharpen the skills of his backcourt players. “Most of our players are point guards and shooting guards, Eugene will help us a lot and I guess it is time to share his talent to the young players,” Macaraya said.
Macaraya led Café France to winning its first ever PBA-Developmental League title by beating powerhouse team Hapee last year. He also led CEU to three titles in the National Athletic Association for Schools, Colleges and Universities since 2012.
The last time San Sebastian won an NCAA title was in 2009 during the time of Calvin Abueva who is now playing for Alaska in the PBA.