MIKE Fermin doesn’t mind being ‘demoted’ from interim head coach to assistant coach at Adamson. He's in fact thrilled to work with Franz Pumaren, who was named head coach of the Falcons for Season 79.
“I’m excited to learn ‘yung system niya,” said Fermin, who incidentally once coached Pumaren’s son Luigi during his younger days. “Kahit papaano, kung meron tayong titingalaing coach, si Coach Franz na ‘yun.”
After being retained by Adamson and relegated to a role as assistant coach, Fermin will join Pumaren’s old lieutenants Jack Santiago and Tonichi Yturri, and the latter's former players Renren Ritualo and Don Allado at the Falcons staff.
In the recently-concluded Season 78, the Fermin-coached Falcons finished with a 3-11 record, a feat that Adamson officials described as a “miracle” and a factor behind their decision to ask Fermin to stay with Pumaren's staff, according to Adamson president Fr. Gregg Bañaga.
“I’d like to appreciate the work of our interim coach Mike Fermin for really giving us three unexpected wins. We really didn’t expect that. Mike was put on the job only a month before the opening of the UAAP and it was really a miracle because in the UAAP circle, they didn’t expect that Adamson will be the team that would actually put other teams’ plans in disarray. To his credit, the team gelled very well and that is why we like Mike to be part of the coaching staff,” said Bañaga.
Pumaren said he didn’t hesitate to bring in Fermin following Adamson’s request.
“When I took over La Salle in 1998, Juno (Sauler) was part of the coaching staff of Jong (Uichico). They (La Salle) asked me if he (Sauler) could join me. Ako kasi, I’m not a selfish coach or a selfish individual. If one aspiring coach is interested to learn something, I’m more than willing to impart my knowledge.
“So they told me if whether coach Mike can stay, it’s no problem to me,” said Pumaren.