Inspired by mentor Jacobs, Uichico guides aspiring coaches under SBP program
“A lot of coaches are aspiring but they don’t have the same opportunities that all the others have. I will try to do my part in going out to the province and do the best job I can in teaching them,” says coach Jong Uichico. Reuben Terrado  

MORE than 30 coaches from member schools of the Las Pinas Schools Athletic Association and coaches in the SBP NCR South attended the coaching clinic conducted by Samahang Basketball Pilipinas coaches commission chief Jong Uichico at the Augustinian Abbey School in Las Pinas.

Uichico, along with coaches Ryan Betia and Mark Solano, discussed the basics of coaching from the warm-up, drills, and offense and defense concepts.

It was the sixth of 16 scheduled stops all over the country.

The coaches also took an exam that will move them towards acquiring a coaching license from the SBP.

“Since I’m not head coaching sa PBA ngayon, it gives me time for this advocacy and outreach program of teaching the grassroots coaches which I think is very badly needed dun sa mga batang players,” said Uichico.

Uichico said he is inspired by the late coach Ron Jacobs, who he described as an unselfish mentor to aspiring coaches.

“Since he was not selfish in teaching me whatever he knows, hindi naman siya madamot sa akin,” Uichico said of Jacobs, his coach during his national team days with Northern Consolidated.

“Hindi rin siya madamot sa ibang coaches seeking his help. I think it’s just that na-inherit ko ‘yun na I should not be selfish also and help the other coaches that are also aspiring coaches,” Uichico said.

Uichico said the program is a great opportunity for aspiring coaches who may not have the time or resources to attend coaching clinics in Manila.

“A lot of coaches are aspiring but they don’t have the same opportunities that all the others have. I will try to do my part in going out to the province and do the best job I can in teaching them,” said Uichico.

Uichico hopes the coaching clinic will be instrumental in giving players a chance to go up in the top high school, college and professional teams, and even the national progam.

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“These are the coaches that will feed the Gilas, the college programs, and the high school programs para hindi mahirapan ‘yung mga college, high school, and PBA coaches. It’s a good program na kami ang pupunta sa province rather than the provincial coaches come to Manila,” said Uichico.

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