LETRAN officially bid its goodbye to coach Jeff Napa.
The administrators from Muralla issued a statement on Saturday, clarifying the recent developments surrounding the head coaching position of the Knights' men's basketball team which basically severed their ties with Napa.
"The community of Colegio de San Juan del Letran expresses its hearty and heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Jefferson Napa, head coach of the Letran men's basketball team, for the past three NCAA seasons. With the expiration of his contract, Letran acknowledges his most valuable contributions to the team in forming our student-athletes and building our winning culture, especially according to the ideals of the Colegio," it read.
Napa's three-year contract ended last December as the school decided to no longer renew its partnership with the multi-time champion coach in the juniors division.
In his three years at the helm, the former NU Bulldog steered Letran to a Final Four appearance last NCAA Season 94, settling for a third-place finish after losing to Lyceum in the semifinals. He collected a 32-25 record through those three seasons.
"We wish Coach Jeff our best prayers for the future," the statement continued.
Letran also confirmed early reports of it forming a search committee to find the next head coach for the Knights.
"Now, a search committee has been formed, composed of Dominican and lay officials along with Mr. Alfrancis Chua, Special Assistant to the Rector for Sports Development, in order to receive formal applications, conduct interviews, and scrutinize the credentials of candidates for the head coaching position," it wrote.
"We ask all our alumni and friends to rally around our One Team Letran and to support our student-athletes in moving on, in moving forward, in conquering new glories for our beloved Alma Mater."
Letran under-17 coach RJ Guevarra has started running practices in an interim capacity as the Knights prepare for the upcoming 2019 PBA D-League season, all in preparation for their NCAA Season 95 campaign.