CEBU CITY – The University of San Carlos Warriors will no longer have head coach Junthy Valenzuela at the helm after the former PBA cager begged off to attend to his business.
Reports had been ripe that the former Red Bull and San Miguel in the PBA was no longer attending to the team’s practice sessions, which was confirmed on Thursday by the team’s chief backer, Bogo City Mayor Celestino 'Junie' Martinez.
According to Martinez, Valenzuela approached him several days ago and told him that he will no longer have time to coach the team owing to a business that the former PBA cager was attending to.
“He approached me several days ago and asked permission to leave the team because he had a business that needed his time and attention,” said Martinez in the vernacular.
However, Valenzuela added that he was not closing the doors on a return to the USC camp.
“But he added that should the team need his services in the future, he would not hesitate to return,” said Martinez.
Martinez said they are now looking at possible replacements for Valenzuela, with one of the leading candidates being former San Beda Red Cubs champion head coach and one-time USC Baby Warriors mentor Britt Reroma.
Spin.ph was also able to talk to the school’s athletic director, Fr. Adriano Ocariza, SVD, who said that nothing is cast in stone at the moment.
He said that they are still in the process of negotiating with Valenzuela and are hopeful that an agreement will be made within the month.
But USC team consultant Julian Macoy, he of the 126-point game back in the 1950s, said the chances of Valenzuela being replaced are high.
“Although nothing has been announced yet, it’s certain that that will happen,” said Macoy of Valenzuela’s stature with the team.
Under Valenzuela, a rugged defender who possessed unique offensive savvy during his playing years, the Warriors made the Cesafi finals for the first time since 2007 and pushed eventual champion Southwestern University to the full five games in the finals.