NU champion coach Jeff Napa ready to sit down with Letran on vacant coaching job
Jeff Napa gets a victory ride after leading the Bullpups to the championship. Dante Peralta

NATIONAL University juniors coach Jeff Napa said he is ready to sit down and talk with Letran officials about the Knights' vacant coaching job, now that he has completed the task of leading the Bullpups to the UAAP Season 78 crown.

Napa admitted he was approached by Letran for the coaching position but is no hurry to talk about the prospect of coaching the Knights, saying he wants to cherish his team's latest achievement for a moment.

“Mag-uusap na kami. Pero ayoko munang isipin ‘yun. Enjoy ko muna ‘yung championship bago ako bigyan ng problema sa kabila,” said Napa after the NU Bulldogs' title-clinching 96-75 victory over De La Salle-Zobel.

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Sources told Napa is set to take over the Letran coaching job in the NCAA after a brilliant career in the UAAP that saw him win three titles with the Bullpups, including the loss of just one game in Season 78.

But Napa refused to go into detail on how deep the negotiations with Letran are, and he made it clear NU officials are very much aware of the situation.

“Nagkukuwentuhan lang kami. Nasa mode ng kuwentuhan pa lang. Saka na lang kapag pinatawag na kayo,” said Napa without elaborating.

“Sa akin naman, basta ako, wala akong regret kung ano ang gagawin kong decision. Suportado naman ako ng pamilya ko, suportado ako ng NU family. Lahat ng desisyon ko, sinasabi ko sa kanila. Kung ano man ang magiging desisyon ko, magiging masaya sila para sa akin,” he pointed out.

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Nevertheless, Napa expressed his gratitude to NU, the school he played for in the UAAP in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“Eskwelahan ko ‘yun ever since. Dun ako nakilala. Parang apelyido ko na ang NU,” said Napa.

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