CEBU CITY – Coach Rommel Rasmo has a chance to score a rare double in the Cesafi as he goes for the juniors and seniors championship with Sacred Heart School and University of San Carlos Warriors.
Never in the long and colorful history of the league has a coach won both titles. Now the double is within reach, and Rasmo told Spin.ph his job is made easier with the help of his staff.
“I have to get credit to my fellow coaches. Naging madali para sa akin ang trabaho because they are very supportive and very understanding. They really know kung ano ang gusto ko. Kaya naging madali at na-balance ko because of them,” said the softs-spoken Ilonggo.
Rasmo is already halfway through to leading the Magis Eagles to the title in high school competition after they crushed the University of Cebu, 69-45, in the opener of the best of three finals. Sacred Heart is looking to bag their fourth straight title.
The Warriors, meanwhile, begin the title showdown with the University of the Visayas Green Lancers on Saturday.
Rasmo shared that the decision to take two head coaching positions was not an easy. Curiously, it was upon watching the animated film “Kung Fu Panda 3” on a flight back from Guam that inspired him to make the move.
“Pabalik kami from Guam. I was on the plane and I was watching Kung Fu Panda 3 and Master Shifu said ‘If you only do what you can do, you'll never be better than what you are.’ That quote stuck with me and so I also spoke with my wife and Tito Perry (Lim, father of former Ateneo de Cebu and University of San Carlos guard Kiefer Lim). Tito Perry has always been a big supporter of my coaching career and with their advice, I decided to take the USC job as well,” shared Rasmo.
“I think it was about time that I also grow as a coach,” he added.
Rasmo led the Magis Eagles from the bottom to the top, mentoring several players who went on to play in the UAAP, NCAA as well as Batang Gilas including Far Eastern University guard Rendell Senining, National University’s Rev Diputado, Joshua Sinclair and Dave Wilson Yu, the University of the Philippines’ Janjan Jaboneta, Pio Longa and Henry Asilum, Ateneo’s Kris Porter, Adamson’s Dawn Ochea and Arellano University’s Julius Cadavis.
Rasmo considers USC’s finals stint this season among biggest achievements.
“I’m just happy that napaabot ko yung USC kasi let’s be honest, yung Ateneo de Cebu, there’s this feeling na ‘dapat lang’ sila makaabot ng finals. Malakas na sila eh. Andun na sila. Yung San Carlos, we never expected this. Our goal was to make the semifinals. I am just thankful that we got here because of the hardwork of the players. I’m very thankful sa opportunity na binigay ng Diyos. Kaya nga I told the players that we should go for it. Let’s take it one game at a time and let’s see if para sa atin ito.”