Will former Knights star Kerby Raymundo be next Letran coach? 'If it is God's plan'
“I love the game of basketball and I would love any opportunity of helping up and coming players,” says former Letran star Kerby Raymundo. Jerome Ascano

FORMER PBA star Kerby Raymundo doesn't deny plans to go into coaching someday.

And if that meant being considered as replacement for Aldin Ayo as head mentor of his alma mater Letran, Raymundo said he is leaving it all up to God.

“God has a plan and may His will be done,” said Raymundo, who has emerged as one of the top candidates for the Letran coaching chores that was recently vacated when Ayo flew the coop and transferred to De La Salle.

Just a year after announcing the end of a 12-year pro career studded with championships with Purefoods and Red Bull, Raymundo said he’s indeed looking forward to starting a career in coaching.

“I love the game of basketball and I would love any opportunity of helping up and coming players,” said the pride of Orion, Bataan.

[See Letran to form search committee, vows to find coach 'equal or better' than Ayo]

Former Purefoods (now Star Hotshots) coach Ryan Gregorio has no doubt the lanky big man, with whom he won several PBA championships, will make for a good coach.

“I can say na Kerby is what you'd call a student of the game. When he was playing, he was constantly improving his craft and his work ethic is really on the high side, that when he gets into coaching, he can translate those ethics into positives that can help his players,” said Gregorio, now a top executive at Meralco.

“He has a very good understanding of the game and great experience as a basketball player, values that he can definitely use when he decides to become a coach,” he said.

Gregorio, now a color commentator for the television coverage of the PBA games, is the least surprised to see the former NCA MVP take an interest in coaching.

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“It’s actually a natural pattern. If you really love the game, the next step is to coach and hopefully the path that he took will serve as an inspiration to younger generations,” he said.

Gregorio added: “I am certain that the reason he wants to get into coaching is because he wants to plant the right seeds and hopefully he really wants to help the younger generations.”

The eloquent three-time champion coach also believes Raymundo’s resilience, not just on the court, will provide needed inspiration to young players.

“What is so nice about his story is that basketball was his ticket out of poverty, and because of the dedication that he had, he was able to make a difference not only in his life, but in the life of his family,” said Gregorio.

“If you’re a young player, you want to have someone as an inspiration, and if you have a coach in the caliber of a Kerby Raymundo, then you would be motivated to work hard and you would believe that this is the right path to take,” said the younger brother of former PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio.

[See Ayo endorses Capacio for Letran coaching job]

Although Raymundo’s name has constantly floated as possible candidate for the Letran coaching vacancy, school management still has to come out with the list of names it is considering for the position.

Also believed to be in the running for the position is Glen Capacio, a consultant during Ayo's time in charge who didn't join the former Letran coach in his move to La Salle.

Raymundo won two championships as star player of Letran in the late 90s, one with Ayo as a teammate.

In his first and only season as Letran coach, Ayo steered the Knights to the NCAA title this year after beating five-time defending champion San Beda in a winner-take-all Game Three.

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