MIKE Fermin intends to keep the core of Adamson juniors squad that dominated the UAAP tournament before finding trouble late last season.
Fermin confirmed on Saturday he has been appointed by Adamson, following the resignation of Goldwin Monteverde as head coach of the Baby Falcons.
Fermin wants top players including Encho Serrano, Gerry Abadiano, and Carl Tamayo to stay, amidst rumors swirling around the high school basketball community about their future with the team.
“First order of business siyempre is ‘yung mga players na nandiyan, i-retain. Alam naman natin na almost for finals ‘yan,” said Fermin, referring to the line-up the Baby Falcons had last season.
Rumors persist about the possibility players moving to other schools, including National University which is said to be close to hiring Monteverde as new coach.
Fermin, a former head coach of the Adamson seniors and women’s team, is determined to keep the members of the juniors squad.
Adamson led the UAAP high school tournament last season before 11 of their victories were forfeited following the disqualification of Serrano.
“Nakita naman nila siguro ‘yung little success na nagawa natin sa men’s basketball and ‘yung success sa women’s basketball,” said Fermin, who took the Lady Falcons to the Final Four last season.
“Sa juniors basketball, they are trying to build on the momentum from last season. May momentum na pero nandito ako siguro para to keep the spirit alive,” he added.
Fermin is also looking for more players, with 200 players showing up at the Adamson tryouts this week. He is also holding a tryout on May 4 in Cebu.