UNIVERSITY of the East fortified its future after Boycie Zamar was named as head coach of Cebuana Lhuillier in the PBA D-League.
Zamar confirmed to Spin.ph he will take over the coaching reigns of the Gems next conference from Beaujing Acot, who will concentrate full-time on his chores as team manager.
The UE mentor said a school tie-up with Cebuana is also in the offing, which he believes will be beneficial to the Warriors’ future.
“Siyempre delighted ka sa pangyayari kasi dahan-dahan at least ‘yung programa ng UE sports program,” Zamar said. “Blessing para sa amin ‘yan that you have a core of players na may pag-asa mag-D-League.”
Zamar is nothing new to Cebuana Lhuillier as he served as assistant coach to Aric Del Rosario when the firm backed the national men’s team campaign during the 2003 Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.
He was later elevated to head coach when the company also backed the national team bound for the 2005 SEA Games that failed to see action meet after the country was suspended by the world governing body Fiba.
Zamar's son and former UE Red Warrior Paul saw action for the Gems in the Foundation Cup last summer.
The Warriors coach is expected to bring some of his players to the D-League including UE’s leading scorer Roi Sumang. Zamar said he sees no problem in recruiting UE players for the Gems as some of the schools are doing the same.
“Wala naman akong nakikitang problema kasi developmental talaga. Malaking factor kung titignan mo from a basketball standpoint,” said Zamar.