ALMOST 800 basketball coaches from all over the country attended the three-day MVP Sports Foundation Coaches Convention at the Oasis Manila Events Place on October 26 and the Filoil Flying V Centre from October 27-28.
Among the coaches and basketball officials who gave talks and workshops were national team manager Butch Antonio, Goldwyn Monteverde of Chiang Kai Shek College and Adamson University High School, skills trainer Kirk Collier, San Beda Red Lions coach Jamike Jarin, and Koy Banal.
Rodel Camacho of Santa Clarita International School in Iloilo, who attended the convention for the third time, said it helps him with his basketball program that is only four years old.
“I learned a lot from what Coach Jamike taught us,” bared Camacho, who added that it was one thing to see Jarin’s Red Lions run the plays on television and another while seeing it demonstrated with all the options.
“It’s good to learn from the best,” he added.
All the coaches were also treated to a live and actual Alaska Aces practice and were able to interact with the coaches and players.
Some of the alumni to come up from the NBTC ranks includes current La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo.
The Coach Convention precedes the Regional knockout phase for the 2016-17 season of the National Basketball Training Center that culminates in the national championship this March.
“We’re continuously growing,” pointed out NBTC Program Director Eric Altamirano. “From what started out as 16 teams 11 years ago, has now expanded to over 700 high school squads from 62 cities. Now we have a Division One and Division Two.”
The MVPSF Coaches Convention is under the SM-NBTC Program that is recognized and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. The Coaches Convention kicks off the annual SM-NBTC tourney, a nationwide high school basketball tourney that culminates every March.