NEW Adamson coach Franz Pumaren has buckled down to work and his first order of business is to strengthen the Falcons' foundation and establish a culture of winning in the long-floundering program.
“It’s a start of a new day for us, now we’re officially part of the Adamson family and we have already started charting down our program for the next three years,” said Pumaren, who won five UAAP championships as coach of alma mater De La Salle.
“We need to change the culture here, we need to inculcate to the players that we can be competitive, we can be a very exciting team. I am looking forward to rebuilding this program,” added the Quezon City third district councilor.
Alongside his assistants Renren Ritualo, Don Allado, Jack Santiago, Mike Fermin, and Tonichi Yturri, Pumaren is now working on streamlining the nearly 40-man pool of the Falcons and recruiting new talent that will fit into his program.
Pumaren admitted, however, that getting blue-chip recruits to play for Adamson will not be easy while going up against well-funded universities with already established and successful basketball programs.
But Pumaren is banking on his track record in luring potential marquee players to the San Marcelino-based squad.
“What we’re selling right now is what we are capable of doing. We are capable of developing players even in the college level [that] there’s a very high percentage of players who played under me [who] made it all the way to the pros,” said Pumaren.
Pumaren’s first coaching stint in the UAAP from 1998 to 2009 with La Salle produced five titles for DLSU and many notable players who eventually became PBA standouts like Joseph Yeo, JV Casio, Mike Cortez, Mark Cardona, Willy Wilson, Rico Maierhofer, Ryan Arana, TY Tang, Carlo Sharma, LA Revilla, and current Adamson assistant coaches Ritualo and Allado.
Pumaren also took pride in his brief PBA coaching with the Air 21 Express team in the PBA, where he was able to help rejuvenate the performance of some of the country's best professional players.
“When I was coaching in the professional level, I think, Asi Taulava is a testament, because some are saying that his career is over the hill already, same thing with Sean Anthony, Joseph Yeo, even KG Canaleta,” he said.
“That’s what we are bringing in right now, it’s, ‘What we can do to your son, and how we can improve him not only as a player, but a better individual,” added Pumaren, who also said Adamson's chemical engineering program is one of the best in the country.
Asked if he will implement his vaunted full court press and run and gun style at Adamson, Pumaren said it will all depend on the kind of team at his disposal for UAAP Season 79 in September.
“It depends on the materials, I just cannot say that I want my team to run and gun or [have a] slow break type of team, it depends on the material we have,” he said.
“My vision [is] we want to be a very aggressive team, an exciting team, a type of team that after the game, whatever the result, people will be talking about Adamson,” he added.