Napa to lead the Letran Knights as new head coach
MARCH 9 - The wait is finally over.
The Colegio formally introduced Jeff Napa as the new coach of the Letran Knights basketball team yesterday.
Fresh from steering the National University (NU) Bullpups to UAAP 78 championship, their third in the last five years, Napa was ‘knighted’ during a simple ceremony held at the Salon de Actos.
Rev. Fr. Clarence Marquez, OP, the rector and president of the Colegio; Rev. Fr. Boyd Sulpico, OP, the vice president for Financial Affairs; Rev. Fr. Victor Calvo, OP; and the rest of the administrators, and the media were present to witness the culmination of the four-month search for former coach Aldin Ayo’s replacement.
Despite the fact that this will be Napa’s first head coaching stint in the college ranks, he said that the adjusting wouldn’t be a problem.
‘My main priority for now will be to know [the players] first,’ the 35-year old coach said. He added that being an assistant coach in NU would be a great help to his new responsibility.
‘I am given this opportunity and I am grateful for it. I want to try this. Whether or not I become successful, at least, I know that I did my best,’ Napa said.
‘He is a terrific young coach and is seen by many as the “next man up” for this challenge
with our Letran Knights,’ said Calvo.
‘Surely, he will imbibe the Knights’ culture, bring his great coaching experience and expertise to our team, and honor us with a worthy defense of our crown,’ he added.
Apart from his impressive career as Juniors coach, Napa is also known to be part of the NU Bulldogs basketball team that entered the Final Four for the very first time back in UAAP Season 64.