PLAYER development has become a premium as newly installed Batang Gilas coach Sandy Arespacochaga brought in like-minded mentors to his coaching staff.
The longtime Ateneo deputy bared to SPIN.ph the rationale behind his decision to name Goldwin Monteverde, Charles Tiu, JB Sison, Ryan Betia, and Anton Altamirano to the national youth coaching staff.
"The coaching staff we have is full of promising coaches who have good experience with the youth. We are also looking at developing coaches, and we are hopeful that these coaches would continue to develop and help our national program now and in the future," he said.
It's a diverse cast of bench tacticians, with Arespacochaga bringing in champion high school coaches Monteverde and Sison, deputies with international experience in Tiu and Betia, and a noted talent scout in Altamirano.
Monteverde is one of the most accomplished coaches in high school basketball, most recently leading the National University Bullpups to the UAAP championship while Sison has been involved in San Beda's successful program for a long time.
Tiu served as an assistant to Rajko Toroman in the original Gilas team and coaches in the NCAA with St. Benilde and in the D-League while Altamirano cut his coaching teeth in the coaching staff at NU of father Eric.
Betia used to be part of Chot Reyes' coaching staff at Gilas Pilipinas.
"They all bring something to the table from their different backgrounds. Furthermore, for our program which puts emphasis on player development, these coaches fit right in," he said.
Arespacochaga is optimistic that his staff will be able to prepare the Philippines to the best of their capabilities in preparation for the 2019 Fiba Under-19 World Cup in Greece and the 2019 Fiba Under-16 Asian Championship.