FORMER University of the East coach Boycie Zamar says he harbors no ill feelings towards his alma mater after he was shockingly relieved of his duties last week.
Breaking his silence following his firing as UE head coach, Zamar told mediamen on Monday that he is still very grateful to his alma mater despite just months before what would only be his second full season with the Red Warriors.
“I will always be thankful and grateful sa UE,” said Zamar after the Cebuana Lhuillier squad that he is also coaching won in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Monday. “I’ll always be a true-blooded Warrior.”
Incidentally, UE pointed to his other commitments outside the school — including that at Cebuana Lhuillier in the PBA Developmental League — as the reason for his ejection as Red Warriors head coach.
In its official statement, UE said the Red Warriors needed a full-time head coach that will handle the squad for UAAP Season 77, which the school will also host.
Zamar is one of the assistant coaches of the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA and previously held the same position with Barangay Ginebra in the Philippine Cup.
He was hired by UE in the middle of the 2012 season to replace Jerry Codinera.
Sources also told Spin.ph that Zamar’s commitments with the Beermen, one of the three PBA ballclubs of the San Miguel Corporation, was the reason for his dismissal as head coach, more so since UE is being bankrolled by Asia Brewery, a competitor of SMC.
Zamar refused to comment further, only mentioning the good memories he had with the school being one of the members of the last UE championship teams in the 1984 and 1985 season.
“As a good soldier, I will abide by kung ano ’yung desisyon. I will always be grateful to UE. Alam mo naman, pusong Warrior tayo ... ’Yun lang ang sa akin. Be thankful and grateful bilang nagsilbi ako at nagkaroon ako ng tour of duty sa UE. I’ll forever be grateful for that,” Zamar added.
“Mahirap mag-comment. Doon lang ako sa sinabi ko. For me, I’ll be thankful for that opportunity. ’Yung naabot ko ngayon, dahil sa UE,” Zamar said.
Zamar said he is still willing to coach UE someday if called upon again.
“Gusto ko lang din mag-cool down everything. Pero sabi ko nga, anytime I’m here for a call of duty lalo na’t I’m an alumnus,” said Zamar, who was actually in his second stint with UE as head coach before he was relieved.
“I don’t burn bridges. I’m a coach and I’ll have to be an example sa mga bata. Burning bridges is not the solution,” he added.
Zamar also encouraged his former players to still fight for the school despite his departure.
“To fight for UE and for the school. Hindi naman tayo nagsasabi sa mga players na lumipat sila because it’s unfair. At the end of the day, it’s the university that counts. It’s the interest of the school,” said Zamar.