JOHN Ferriols has ventured into a new field as the big man coach of National University, but that doesn't mean he is hanging up his sneakers anytime soon.
Ferriols, 42, is excited to join the Bulldogs coaching staff to mentor the young NU bigs alongside two-time PBA MVP Danny Ildefonso, but he pointed out that this is not a sign he’s about to call it a career.
Instead, he considers his new role as something that would help develop his mentoring skills as one of the veterans at PBA ballclub Meralco.
“Hindi pa,” answered the first-ever Metropolitan Basketball Association MVP when asked if he is already retired from basketball.
“Dagdag kaalaman sa pagiging player,” added Ferriols, who insisted he's ready to play if the Bolts call him up from the reserve ranks.
“Parang another level na ng career ko. As a player kasi, alam mo na eh. Ngayon, parang kami na ang mag-aassist at magtuturo sa player. Nakakapanibago.”
Ferriols said he didn't think twice when offered the role by NU coach Jamike Jarin, embracing the opportunity to team up with Ildefonso in developing the big men of the Bulldogs.
“Nung sinabihan ako ni Coach Jamike na kukunin ako, sabi ko thank you at hindi na ako nag-dalawang isip. At least hindi rin ako mahihirapan kasi may kasama akong Danny I. Madadagdagan pa ‘yung kaalaman namin,” said Ferriols.
Ferriols led Negros to the 2002 MBA title before moving to the PBA where he won two championships with Alaska and Talk ‘N Text. His experience and deep understanding of the game convinced Jarin that he is perfect for the NU job.
“John brings in a lot of versatility as a big man’s coach,” Jarin said. “He can post up, he can shoot, and most especially, he passes well from the post. These are the things we want our bigs to have. Together with coach Ildefonso, our bigs will improve tremendously.”
Aside from that, NU can surely learn from a 'proven winner' like Ferriols, Jarin added.
“John is a proven winner. Ang tagal niya sa PBA because he knows what it takes to win championships,” he added.