THE Chiang Kai Shek College basketball committee recently paid tribute to University of the Philippines coach Goldwin Monteverde for his achievement of winning the UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball title on his first season in charge of the Maroons.
The school’s basketball committee hosted a dinner to honor Monteverde, who had humble beginnings with the Blue Dragons where he coached the high school team from 2012 to 2018, winning championships in different leagues including Tiong Lian PSSBC, NBTC, Palarong Pambasana, Pasarelle, and FCBL.
After his stint with CKSC, Monteverde went on to lead the Fighting Maroons to the 2022 UAAP crown, defeating Ateneo in the Season 84 championship series to end a 36-year title drought for the Diliman-based squad.
Members of the CKSC basketball committee said they are proud of Monteverde's achievements.
“Key factor for every successful sports program [is] a support group whose passion is to be of help and not just win championships,” said Edster Sy, assistant operations of the committee chaired by Eduard Tio of Freego.
Running the Blue Dragons program, one of the top high school programs in the country, is the CKSC basketball committee composed of 15 working committee members and more than 40 donors and supporters.
“The formula for having a group of alumni supporting a basketball program was established by the high school program as early as 2005 and revived by 2012,” said Sy, who added that under the program produced 28 collegiate players from the boys team and champion players from the girls team.
Also honored in the event were CKSC products Fran Yu after leading Letran to the NCAA Season 97 title and Justin Chua as his PBA career continues to grow with NLEX.
CKSC president Judelio Yap also attended the event.