ADAMSON has dropped Kenneth Duremdes as head coach of the Falcons, cutting short a stint in the UAAP that saw the school win just one game under his watch.
The school said in an official statement on Monday that Duremdes will no longer coach Adamson starting Monday, mentioning its need for a full-time person who can devote more time for the Falcons.
“The team management has agreed to release Mr. Duremdes from his duties as they would like to have someone who can dedicate his full time and attention to the development of the team,” said Adamson in the statement.
Duremdes’ first assistant Mike Fermin will take over the Falcons job, the school added.
Team manager Gilbert Cruz, however, made it clear Duremdes was not fired because of the Falcon's dismal record in Season 77, reiterating that what was said in the school’s official statement was the reason for the switch.
“We love the guy. He is a fellow Falcon and inaanak ko pa,” said Cruz, referring to the former Falcons star and PBA MVP. “It appears kasi that it was because of poor performance.”
Duremdes took over the team before the 2014 season replacing Leo Austria, who was axed after the team posted a losing record in Season 76 to miss out on a Final Four appearance.
But the Falcons also struggled under Duremdes. His only season as coach also saw the team score a measly 25 points in one lopsided loss to eventual champion National University.