Newly appointed head coach Franz Pumaren of Adamson University promised to transform the Falcons into a competitive team in next year’s University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament Season 79.
“There is no perfect season and perfect game, but we are going to change the culture of this team,” Pumaren told The Manila Times after formally accepting the head coaching job from outgoing school president Father Greg Banaga on Friday at the Office of the President of Adamson University.
“It will take time. It’s not going to be so easy but we’re going to put up a competitive team,” he added. “That will be the initial step but later on of course to win a championship. Most of the teams next season will also beef up their lineup, so we have to do our best.”
Pumaren brought his entire coaching staff including Jack Santiago, Tonichi Yturri, former De La Salle University and professional players Renren Ritualo and center Don Allado to Adamson. Mike Fermin, who served as interim coach last season, will also be one of the assistant coaches.
Adamson ended its campaign in this UAAP season with three wins and 11 losses.
“We will be joining as many as tournaments next year before the UAAP 79 Season,” added the five-time UAAP champion coach. “Basically, we just have to dissect the team composition and see what we need in the coming years. I will see the current line up and the new guys coming in.”
“We start from where we are and slowly but surely, we’ll work our way,” said the former La Salle head coach.
Pumaren coached La Salle for 12 years from 1998 to 2009.
Pumaren also served as head coach of the AIR21 Express in the Philippine Basketball Association from 2011 to 2014.
JOSEF T. RAMOS