BOYET Fernandez is excited but at the same time feels the pressure following his appointment as head coach of San Beda, two years after leaving the Red Lions to call the shots for NLEX in the PBA.
Fernandez, who will also handle Cignal-San Beda in the PBA D-League this season, said he has big shoes to fill as he inherited a team which won the NCAA championship this year under the tutelage of Jamike Jarin.
Jarin resigned from San Beda to take on the National University coaching job.
"Well, I'm happy na at least Boss MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan) still continues to trust in me, and I'm really excited to be back with San Beda," said Fernandez after the D-League Draft at the PBA Cafe in Pasig City.
"I'm really excited na bumalik ako sa Lion's Den, but again it's really pressure for me kasi champion team ang na-inherit ko from Coach Jamike. So ang pressure, masyadong mataas."
The ultimate goal is to win it all anew next season, according to Fernandez, a two-time NCAA champion coach.
"Alam naman natin na it will be a disappointment if San Beda will not go back to back, so it will really be the objective for my coaching staff and for me na mag-champion ulit ang San Beda," he said.
The former PBA player was more or less in the same situation during his first tour of duty with San Beda, when he took over shortly after Ronnie Magsanoc led the team to a championship.
Now he's starting all over again.
"Mahirap talagang palitan din yung sitwasyon ni Coach Jamike, kasi ang tagal nyang kasama yung mga bata, two years yun. So syempre, kailangan ko rin mag-establish ng relationship with the players," he said.
"Kasi before, iba, kaunti na lang yung naiwan nung nag-coach ako sa San Beda, and kaunti na rin yung Team B na umangat. So medyo malaking responsibilidad, malaking trabaho ito. Parang bago nga," he added.