FORMER Lyceum coach Bonnie Tan has one major wish as he formally bids the Intramuros-based school goodbye.
He wants to see the Pirates finally become a regular member of the NCAA next season.
The soft-spoken mentor is confident that Lyceum deserves to be a regular member of the country’s oldest collegiate league. The school is currently in probationary status after entering the NCAA in 2011.
“Before I left Lyceum, I’m positive na ‘yung probationary stage of four years, na-meet namin at na-accomplish ‘yung kailangang gawin,” Tan said.
Season 90 was the third and final year of Lyceum as a probationary member which saw the Pirates finished with a 7-11 win-loss record.
Emilio Aguinaldo College is the only other probationary member of the NCAA.
But as Tan makes a pitch for Lyceum, he will no longer be at the bench of the Pirates should the school be approved as a regular member next season, ending an 11-year partnership with Lyceum dating back to their days in the Interscholastic Athletic Association (ISAA).
Ex-San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson is set to take over as Lyceum head coach as Tan wrapped up his commitment with Breadstory, which had a school tie-up with the Pirates in the PBA D-League.
“We are not that high sa standings but we are not that low din naman. Hopefully, nakapag-bayad na ng tuition fee ‘yung Lyceum sa NC at sana ma-consider sila as regular member next season,” said Tan.
The veteran mentor said the basketball team has done its part in helping the school gain regular member status.
“Ewan ko kung ano ‘yung move ng NC kung regular member na ba or not, but on the basketball part, sa tingin ko, nagawa na namin ‘yung dapat gawin ng isang probationary team. Wala naman kaming major na negative na nangyari,” said Tan.
As his term with Lyceum ends, Tan will now concentrate on his duties as assistant coach of GlobalPort in the PBA.
Still, he is open to returning to college basketball coaching should an opportunity arise.
“I believe that when God closes a door, he opens a window. I know every career has an ending and there will be times when I don’t get the right opportunities that I wanted.
“I might be returning soon in college ball, but only God knows. This is my life and I just really love what I do. Basketball is my passion whether coaching or managing a team,” said Tan.