USC great Paul Joven named new head coach of Warriors men’s basketball squad

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Former University of San Carlos point guard Paul Joven has been tasked with leading the USC Warriors to new heights as he was named the new head coach of the men’s basketball team.

Nicknamed the “Goat or Greatest of All Time” for his successful exploits, both on and off the floor, Joven is embracing the responsibility of bringing the Warriors back to the promised land—an achievement they accomplished in 2015 when African student-athlete Shooster Olago led the team to the championship.

With uncertainty surrounding the next season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI), Joven believes this is the right time to take the helm and start preparing the Warriors for the long haul.

“It’s destiny. I have come full circle. I’d like to believe it’s God’s plan with the timing of it all,” narrated Joven who played alongside the likes of former two-time Cesafi MVP Enrico Llanto and star wingman Nino Ramirez when the Warriors reached the finals in 2007 and pushed the mighty University of the Visayas Green Lancers to the hilt before losing the best-of-five series, 3-2.

“I was already in Butuan in 2019 because I opened a business there. Then in 2020, I returned for another opportunity. The initial plan was to go back and forth between Butuan and Cebu, but the pandemic derailed all those plans,” said Joven.

“And here we are now in 2022. I was given a chance by the SVD management led by Fr. (Adriano) Ocariza. It is an honor and a privilege to give back to the school, develop young talents, and hopefully, win,” shared Joven.

The stocky guard and now businessman and sports commentator said that his experiences being a former student-athlete will help him relate more to his players. In addition, his insight into how business is run will also help him get a good grasp of the management side of the team.

“I know the feeling and can relate to the athletes and understand the plans to build the culture needed to win. I’ve learned a lot from my previous coaches—Jay Ramirez, Mike Reyes, Ryan Betia, and Ron Vivar. On top of that, as a business owner, I have a clear understanding of the numbers and business side of it all,” added Joven.

Joven shared that rebuilding the team will not be an overnight job, but rather a long haul that will take the collective efforts of the coaching staff, school management, the players, and alumni.

The first order of business for Joven is to oversee the tryouts for the men’s basketball team on June 21-23, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capitol Parish Gym along Escario Street.

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