AFTER calling the shots for Globaport in its first conference in the PBA, Glen Capacio said he is willing to take a job as an assistant coach once Junel Baculi officially takes over as head coach for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Capacio had a bumpy start to his PBA coaching career as Globalport ended its first conference in the pro league with a 1-13 record. The Batang Pier lost their last 10 games and became the first team to bow out of the quarterfinal race.
“Open book naman na si coach Junel na ang hahawak since interim basis lang naman ako dito,” Capacio told Spin.ph.
The former head coach of FEU in the UAAP and the Philippine Patriots in the Asean Basketball League explained that it was tough to handle a newly-formed team and that a newcomer cannot expect to make a ready impact.
“Pero siyempre, yung pag-coach ko sa PBA, very challenging at mahirap talaga. Kung ano lang kasi ang materyales, yun lang ang puwedeng gamitin,” Capacio said.
The 48-year-old Capacio, who has worked closely with team owner Mikee Romero in the ABL, explained that being a new team, he expected the players to struggle during their first conference.
Players who had bit roles in their previous teams, he noted, were forced to handle bigger jobs at Globalport.
“I did my best sa pag-coach. Eh wala namang shortcut sa PBA. Sa team namin, may mga dating role players na naglalaro ng maraming minutes kaya marami ring nag-adjust,” he added.
“Lumaban naman sila (players), pero nung may mga dikit-dikit na games kami na heartbreaking losses, medyo bumigay na din. Ganun talaga, it’s a learning process para sa team,” he said.
After the team’s early Philippine Cup exit, the Batang Pier is now shopping around for a tall and dominant import who can fill their gaping hole in the middle.