THE man who steered University of the East to two Final Four appearances is back at the helm, but Boyzie Zamar warned the Warriors faithful not to expect instant results.
“We are not magicians here,” said Zamar. “But we will do the best that we can.”
Zamar on Thursday was officially named coach of the Warriors, replacing Jerry Codinera who stepped down going 4-17 win-loss in one-and-a-half seasons with the team.
The comebacking Warriors coach said he simply couldn’t say no to his alma mater.
“Call of duty na kailangan tayo ng eskwela natin, sino naman ang tatanggi?” said Zamar, who coached UE for three seasons from 2001 to 2003 in a stint highlighted by two Final Four appearances.
Zamar said that his acceptance of the job had the blessing of Codinera, who will now become UE’s sports consultant.
“With respect to him, nag-usap naman kami na kinukuha ako ng UE,” said Zamar, Codinera's former classmate and teammate in the last UE squad to win a UAAP title in 1985.
While admitting that it will be difficult to salvage the Red Warriors’ campaign after the team went 1-6 in the first round of the elims, Zamar said he will at least try to make the team as competitive as possible.
“The least we can do is try to motivate kung ano man ‘yung pagkukulang nila. Kasi ang kalaban naman nila ay sarili nila. Given na ’yung malakas ’yung mga (rival) teams,” Zamar said.
Zamar, who bounced around several Southeast Asian countries before returning to UE, attended his first practice with the team on Thursday afternoon but his first real challenge comes against La Salle on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Hindi naman tayo nagka-cramming, ’yung mga nalalaman natin at ’yung mga immediate at urgent important matters ang tinuturo ko sa team ngayon,” said Zamar.