CHRIS Gavina on Friday confirmed reports that he was offered the University of the East coaching job, saying he will wait until the end of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) campaign before deciding on whether to accept the offer or not.
The former KIA head coach said he got a call from a UE representative last week offering the Red Warriors job, which has remained vacant four months since the resignation of Derick Pumaren and only a month before the preseason tournaments get underway.
Gavina is currently the head coach of the Valenzuela Classic in the MPBL Anta-Rajah Cup.
“I’ve had a conversation with a UE representative over the phone and the position was explained to me that it is open and that they are considering me,” said Gavina in an interview with reporters after the NBTC Division 1 All-Star Game.
“It’s an honor to be included in their shortlist of coaches,” he said.
Koy Banal and Goldwin Monteverde were reportedly also being considered by UE, but Monteverde, according to sources, has already declined the offer and decided to stay with the National University juniors basketball team.
“They said I’m high on their list just for me to consider being able to take it,” said Gavina.
Gavina said he is open to accepting the UE offer.
”The details of the position haven’t exactly been hashed out in regards to am I going to take it or not. It was presented. Am I going to take it? The opportunity is there so I’m never going to just not be open to see my options.
“I’m all about winning. I feel that as if it's an opportunity for me to turn the program and culture around like what happened with Team Valenzuela in the MPBL. Coaching is all about being able to make an impact on young players’ lives. If I get the opportunity, I’ll definitely consider,” said Gavina.
Gavina said he will weigh the offer during the Holy Week and will decide after the MPBL Anta-Rajah Cup.
Currently, the Valenzuela Classic are locked in a quarterfinal series against the Paranaque Patriots where they have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three campaign.
“My concentration right now is our next game tomorrow to close out and move to the semifinals. I will be able to think about it in the Holy Week hopefully,” said Gavina.