JAMIKE Jarin is pleased to see Joe Silva, his former player and assistant coach at Ateneo, finally end the long run of futility and start to recover from years of heartbreak.
The Ateneo Blue Eaglets ended a five-year title drought with victory over National University in the UAAP Season 77 juniors basketball finals and Jarin, now the college coach at San Beda in the NCAA, is glad to see his former ward withstand the trials of the previous seasons.
The Eaglets last won in 2010 with Jarin at the helm and Kiefer Ravena in the roster, but Silva’s wait to lift the title has been much longer — Jarin pointed out that Silva had been longing to win a championship after missing out on the chance as a player in the late 1990s.
“When he graduated in Ateneo, he really wanted to be part of the UAAP and the Blue Eaglets. He wanted to coach because when he played, he wanted to be part of a championship team. He was looking for closure. Then, finally he won his first championship and dominated it.”
“As his former coach when he was playing and as a former head coach that was assisting me, I’m very, very proud of his achievement,” Jarin said. “He deserves it.”
“For all the pain, of course, you would question yourself. But he held his head high and proved to everybody that he can handle the situation, and adversity, in finally giving Ateneo and his boys another championship,” said Jarin.
Silva said Jarin was instrumental in his coaching career after playing under him during the late 1990s and being part of the coaching staff thereafter.
But the current San Beda coach refused to take the credit.
“As a player, he came in as a role player with a lot of energy. He came always prepared. That’s the value of how he is even in coaching. When he started coaching, I knew that he will be able to be successful. It took some time pero kaming mga coaches, may times talaga na ganyan.
“He has come full circle,” said Jarin.