THE future of Adamson remains in the hands of Franz Pumaren after the five-time UAAP champion coach was given a two-year contract extension.
No less than Pumaren himself confirmed the development, saying he struck a deal to stay in San Marcelino for the forseeable future after his three-year contract ended last year.
"Yes, I was renewed for two years, with an option for another two years," he said.
Rev. Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM, director of Adamson's Office for Athletics and Recreation, was the one who endorsed Pumaren's contract extension, which was favorably approved by the Vincentian fathers.
Rumors swirled on Pumaren's possible ouster last month, especially after the Soaring Falcons squandered twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals against University of the Philippines and failed to reach the UAAP Finals.
But for Adamson, the changes Pumaren instituted in his three seasons at the helm weremore than enough to convince them that he is still the right man to lead the men's basketball team.
Even though the team lost starting forward Sean Manganti to graduation, Pumaren is confident the young guys he has on his roster will be ready to compete against the league heavyweights come UAAP Season 82.
"Puro mga bata ang nasa team namin ngayon, but I think we have what it takes naman to compete," he said, as he starts to lay down his preparations for next season on Monday. "As I've said before, I'm in here for the long haul."