JOJO Lastimosa has joined Far Eastern University's sports program and the school is not closing the door on the PBA great possibly being included in the coaching staff of its basketball teams in the future.
Anton Montinola, FEU’s representative to the UAAP board, said Lastimosa has agreed to become part of the school as consultant, his role mainly to train kids that could possibly be part of the school’s varsity teams in high school and even in college.
The inclusion of Lastimosa, who is no stranger to organizing basketball clinics for kids, coincided with the unveiling of the school's brand-new sports center in its FEU Diliman high school campus that will help develop athletes for the school.
“Jolas will join us,” said Montinola. “He will be part of the program to train kids. That’s what he has been doing for Alaska.”
With Lastimosa on board, Montinola said FEU is definitely open to the former Alaska star being part of the coaching staff someday.
“We will see. Maybe,” said Montinola. “He is definitely qualified. Overqualified pa nga eh. Maybe he doesn’t want to do that yet. Maybe he just wants to see how the kids are. Siguro consultant muna.”
FEU has just extended Nash Racela's contract as head coach until 2016, with Lastimosa’s former Alaska teammate Johnny Abarrientos part of the coaching staff as one of Racela’s deputies.
For now, Montinola said Lastimosa’s entry hopes to boost the basketball program of FEU as it looks to duplicate the successful sports program of San Beda which has been consistently producing high school standouts every year.
“We hope to have a program as good or better than San Beda, which is the standard (of high school basketball). We all know San Beda has a very successful program. We believe we can do that with this facility. We will rely on people like Jolas and Johnny A. to help us,” said Montinola.