LETRAN head coach Jeff Napa will get his first taste of coaching in the PBA as he was appointed as an assistant to NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio early Monday morning.
Napa led the Knights to a semifinal finish in the last NCAA season but fell short in the playoffs against Lyceum after losing starting guard JP Calvo to injury.
He made a name for himself after steering the National University Bullpups to three titles in the UAAP juniors division before making the jump to the Intramuros-based school three years ago.
“After having a good season with Letran, we’re happy to announce that Jeff Napa has joined the NorthPort coaching staff as one of its assistants,” said NorthPort team manager Bonnie Tan, who also works with Napa at Letran.
“We welcome coach Jeff in the NorthPort family and we hope to do great things with him,” he added.
Napa will be joining assistant Rensy Bajar in helping Jarencio rebound from a forgettable Governors’ Cup where Batang Pier finished 11th overall with a 2-9 record.
“We’re injecting the coaching staff with young coaches in the hope of getting fresh ideas and starting great things with them,” Tan continued.
He’ll be tasked to focus on the likes of Moala Tautuaa, Joseph Gabayni and Bradwyn Guinto as the Batang Pier look to take advantage of Napa who’s earned a reputation as a ‘big man whisperer’ during his days in Letran and NU.
Under his tutelage, the Knights’ frontline became one of the most formidable collection of bigs in any collegiate league as Larry Muyang, Christian Fajarito and Jeo Ambohot flourished in the NCAA.