RAMON Pido was a picture of a fulfilled man after coaching the Ateneo De Davao grade school team to the finals of the 2015 BEST SBP-Passerelle Twin Tournament, sponsored by MILO, in Baguio City.
Although his team failed to overcome eventual champions La Salle Greenhills in the SBP division, the 48-year-old Bacolod native was happy with the exposure his undersized squad got in competing against teams from the National Capital Region, Luzon, and Mindanao in the Twin Tournament.
“Very evident na ‘yung team ko talaga, maliliit. Pero pumunta kami dito, handa kami. Medyo matatangkad lang talaga (ang mga kalaban),” said Pido.
Rochie Amoguis, one of the players of Ateneo De Davao, said they savored the opportunity of playing against top teams across the region as he thanked the training under Pido for preparing them against top-level competition.
“Opo, mas magaling sila sa amin. Na-develop ‘yung character namin as a player and ‘yung tine-train kami na maging responsible. Masaya din po,” added the 12-year-old.
Pido was a former player of Hapee in the now-defunct Philippine Basketball League (PBL) before joining the Pampanga Dragons, where he was the lone non-Kapampangan player in the squad that eventually won the first Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) championship in 1998.
Injuries, however, prevented the former University of Manila standout from having a shot at the PBA, specifically for Red Bull, which picked him in the dispersal draft after Hapee disbanded a few years before the squad became an expansion team in the pro ranks.
But it’s a setback that ultimately became a blessing as he made his way into the coaching ranks.
“Ganun ang destiny ko. Natamaan ako ng injury. I had knee surgery. So I decided to go into coaching when I became an assistant coach with Jun Noel sa Davao Eagles,” said Pido.
Now, Pido is coaching three teams in Davao — Rizal Memorial Colleges in college, Goldstar Hardware in the commercial ranks, as well as heading the Ateneo De Davao grade school team — and he said he has found his calling.
“Ako naman, palagi kong sinasabi na kapag nandiyan ang passion and love, hindi ka nakakaramdam ng pagod,” said Pido. “Everyday, tatlong ensayo ako pero hindi ako nakakaramdam ng pagod kasi I love what I’m doing.”