ADAMSON assistant coach Vince Hizon got some words of encouragement from one of his former coaches in the pros after a Falcons loss on Saturday.
His name? Robert Jaworski.
Sports broadcaster Patricia Bermudez-Hizon bared his husband and Jaworski met after the Falcons fell just short of their first UAAP win this season in a two-point loss to University of Santo Tomas. She later posted photos of the meeting on her Instagram account.
Bermudez-Hizon said Jaworksi even saw the Adamson-UST game on television to see how his husband, who played some of the best years of his playing career under Jaworski at Ginebra, did coaching the Falcons.
Hizon is standing in for Adamson head coach Kenneth Duremdes, who is in Bahrain to attend to his pregnant wife. The former Ateneo standout said the 'Big J' told him to "keep it up and never lose hope" after the Falcons lost a second game under his watch.
While Jaworski had one of the biggest impacts in his playing career, Hizon said he is trying to apply what he has learned from all his former coaches as he embarks on a coaching career.
“I think all the coaches in my life, in everything I do, and I have a lot of them, I take all the good. Coach Chot (Reyes), Baby Dalupan, coach Sonny Jaworski, these are huge names. I take a little bit of everything that they taught me,” said Hizon.
Of course, Jaworski’s never-say-attitude is something that Hizon wants to impart to this current batch of Falcons.
“Whether the Xs and Os or trying to really rally the guys and the fighting spirit, that is something that will stay with me. I’ve have some incredible coaches and I just try to emulate it,” said Hizon.
Hizon said that while he enjoys teaching, he made it clear that he doesn’t intend to be a head coach anytime soon, pointing out that Duremdes is still coach of the Falcons.
“I look forward to the time coach Kenneth gets back. I’m having a headache already,” said Hizon in jest. “But in all seriousness, it’s been fun. I enjoy it. But coach Kenneth is definitely the head coach of this team.”
“After a long layoff, running my own business, and doing my own thing, I finally got into coaching. Coach Kenneth asked me late last year and little did I know that I’ll be a head coach for a few games. I love teaching.”
He sees a bright future for the rebuilding Falcons.
“Even though our team isn’t exactly the strongest team in the UAAP, they are learning and they are trying their best to improve. We are going to be definitely a team that will always improve from now to the next UAAP season. We have rookies playing quality minutes. Their learning curve will be fast,” said Hizon.