CEBU CITY – Days after former PBA bruiser Junthy Valenzuela stepped down from the head-coaching position, the University of San Carlos Warriors immediately moved on and named former San Beda Red Cubs tactician Britt Reroma as their new head coach on Friday.
The development gives Reroma a shot at handling the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) men’s basketball runners-up after recent coaching gigs in Indonesia where he helped handle the Asean Basketball League (ABL) expansion team Laskar Dreya South Sumatra and Indonesia’s under-18 national team.
He previously handled NCAA juniors powerhouse San Beda Red Cubs and led them to numerous titles before stepping down in 2013. Afterwards, he coached the USC Baby Warriors in the Cesafi juniors competition.
Now he finds himself back in his hometown with huge shoes to fill following the departure of Valenzuela, who begged off the job owing to business matters that needed his undivided attention.
“I really have huge shoes to fill. This is a team that made it to the finals last year and came within a win of winning it all,” said Reroma shortly after he ended his first practice session with the squad.
“First on the list is to really maximize the talent that we have here. I’m really nervous and excited at the opportunity that was given to me,” added Reroma, who inherits a team that pushed the Cesafi champions Southwestern University to five games in the finals.
Reroma credited Valenzuela and the way he improved the team’s defense. He added that he will not be tweaking that aspect of the squad’s game but instead will focus on putting an efficient offensive system in place, one that will revolve around the core led by prolific import Shooster Olago.
USC athletic director Fr. Adriano Ocariza, SVD, confirmed the move and said that Reroma had been considered for so long and that picking him was an easy decision to make.
“For us, it was all about continuity. He has been with the juniors program for so long and we wanted to have that bridge between the two programs. He can really help us a lot in improving the team as well as our recruitment process,” Ocariza added.