Adamson University appointed assistant coach Mike Fermin as the interim head coach of the Soaring Falcons after former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Kenneth Duremdes vacated the post beginning June 1.
“The management of the Adamson University Soaring Falcons men’s basketball team confirms that Mr. Kenneth Duremdes will no longer serve as head coach effective June 1, 2015. The management has agreed to release Mr. Duremdes from his duties as they would like to have someone who can dedicate his full time and attention to the development of the team. First assistant coach Mike Fermin will take over as head coach until a replacement can be named,” Adamson University said in a press statement on Monday.
But Duremdes, a former PBA Most Valuable Player, said that he was surprised by the management’s decision to replace him suddenly because he still has two more years left in his three-year contract.
“I was hurt by my immediate removal because I still have two more years left in our contract which I only signed last year. I started from zero last season and I didn’t promise anything to them,” Duremdes told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
“I didn’t have veteran players when I took over from coach Leo Austria last 2014 season. It’s rebuilding time when I became the head coach.”
“I hope they will tell me what’s the reason behind my removal but I will respect their decision.”
Under Duremdes, the Falcons finished with one win and 13 losses in the UAAP Season 77 last year.