Former National University (NU) player Jefferson Napa has been appointed as new head coach of defending champion Letran College beginning this 92nd season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament.
“Through prayerful discernment, after a long period of seeking, asking and knocking at the doors of heart and of heaven, we come to this day, the 8th of March, in the year of our Lord to formally announce Letran welcomes its new coach Jefferson Napa,” said Letran President Rev. Father Clarence Marquez.
Napa replaced Aldin Ayo, who accepted to coach the De La Salle University team for the upcoming University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 men’s basketball tournament.
Ayo led Letran to winning the NCAA championship last season by beating San Beda College 2-1 in the finals.
“I’m really happy with this opportunity and I’m looking forward to see the players tomorrow [today]and talk with them in our first practice,” Napa told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Tuesday.
“At the same time, this is Letran, prestigious school playing in a popular collegiate league with good winning traditions. Around April and May, we’re planning to compete in different summer leagues before the NCAA 92nd begins,” he added.
Napa, 35, who last played for NU in 2002, will bring his entire coaching staff to Letran.
“I learned a lot from different coaches in NU especially from coach Eric [Altamirano] and finally the right time has now come for me. There’s no hard feelings toward NU on why they did not consider me as head coach during those years that they were searching for head coach,” said Napa.