After a decorated career in the high school ranks, Goldwin Monteverde will now try to prove himself on the collegiate level as he tries to steer the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons to its very first UAAP men’s basketball title since 1986.
Earlier this week, Monteverde was officially named the Fighting Maroons’ new head coach, taking over a rising program that has seen its fair share of success over the last few years.
“I am very grateful and deeply honored for my recent appointment as the new UPMBT head coach,” said Monteverde in a statement. “It has been my dream to coach at the college level after years of success at the juniors level.”
And what a career he has had at the juniors level, leading the likes of St. Stephen and Chiang Kai Shek to incredible success in the Tiong Lian league. After a controversial stint with the Adamson Baby Falcons, Monteverde soon brought his winning culture to National University-Nazareth School where he gave the school every championship he possibly could, including two UAAP crowns.
He was all set to become the new head coach of the NU Bulldogs but that didn’t push through. Now, he finds himself as the mentor of a UP team that loads of talented players led by his former NU Bullpups, Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano.
“Let me assure UP officials and the community that I accept the big responsibility mindful of the great expectations from the community and I commit to working even harder to achieve our common dreams,” said Monteverde.
While there were quarters that cried foul over the appointment of Monteverde owing to the fact that he is not a UP alumnus, the affable coach shared he is quite familiar with the school since his children are both going to UP.
“I am proud to say that both my kids are both from UP, with one having recently graduated. I now share the Maroon pride and I hope to add my contribution to UP’s tradition of honor and excellence.” (JNP)