CEBU CITY - Southwestern University is hoping multi-titled coach Raul 'Yayoy' Alcoseba will reconsider his resignation and lead the Cobras in their title defense in the coming season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) men’s basketball tournament.
Speaking days after Alcoseba announced that he is stepping down to focus on his political career, SWU board chairperson Maris Johanna Holopainen said the school hopes the coach will continue to man the squad or, if he does resign, will remain with the team in some capacity.
“We hope he will reconsider and we will discuss it with him after (the) May 13 (elections). He has been instrumental in getting SWU to the national level. We would like to continue in this direction,” Holopainen told Spin.ph on Monday.
Alcoseba surprised the Cebu basketball scene with his resignation last Friday, saying that he wanted to focus more on his political career. The former Cebu City councilor is currently running for a provincial board seat in the first district of Cebu.
The legendary coach said finding the right balance for his coaching and political careers has become increasingly difficult, hence his decision to quit the hugely-successful Cobras squad.
The Cobras on Saturday dedicated their 64-63 upset win over the reigning Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) titlist University of Santo Tomas to Alcoseba.
Alcoseba went on board SWU in 2011 and immediately went to work, bringing the squad to the finals before losing to the University of Cebu. They eventually broke through last year and defeated the University of the Visayas in the finals.
They are heavily favored to repeat this season especially with a revamped squad bolstered by two new Cameroonian imports in Fabrice Siewe and Landry Sanjo along with a host of new recruits led by Fil-foreigners Melvin Holper and Adam Mohammed.
“Our basketball program is hinged on his involvement in the university and we hope we can find a way for him to still be involved,” added Holopainen.