Franz Pumaren steps down as head coach of Adamson Falcons

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Multi-titled head coach Franz Pumaren has stepped down as head coach of the Adamson Soaring Falcons to focus more on his responsibilities as councilor of Quezon City.

The school released a statement on Tuesday night, expressing its gratitude to Pumaren for steering the Falcons back to UAAP men’s basketball relevancy during his time there.

"As Adamson University understands the desire of Coach Franz to give full-time service to his constituents in his district in Quezon City, we announce with a heavy heart that Coach Franz will cease mentoring the Adamson Falcons effective this current year," the statement said.

"The whole Adamson community would like to thank Coach Franz Pumaren for his unselfish sharing of his time and talent with the Adamson Men’s Varsity Team, masterfully lifting once again the standing of the Falcons in the prestigious UAAP League. His unique brand of coaching has carried the Falcons through several respectable finishes in the last five UAAP seasons which were considered by the Adamson community as the most electrifying Falcon seasons by far. To Coach Franz, we will forever be grateful. We could not have pulled off the Falcons' comeback in the UAAP podium without you."

With Pumaren at the helm and Jerrick Ahanmisi and Sean Manganti providing the firepower, Adamson was able to make it to the Final Four in three of the last four seasons. However, that streak ended in Season 82 as the Falcons sputtered to a 4-10 record. Pumaren ended up with a 31-29 win-loss record.

Mike Fermin, who is the coach of the high school squad, has been given the reins as interim head coach as the school tries to look for a new head coach for its collegiate team. (JNP)