CALOY Garcia admitted he was slighted by Letran officials' move to create a search committee for the NCAA team's head coach, saying he is tired of being the 'last option.'
Garcia said he was shocked to learn that the school is even considering a change in coach at this time, adding he believed the Knights’ 9-9 win-loss campaign last season was respectable enough considering the team had lost a legitimate big man in Raymond Almazan.
The Letran coach's contract is set to expire and although he didn't talk about any plan to resign, Garcia said he is keeping his options open as far as moving to another school is concerned.
“Expiring ako sa Letran. Parang may search committee sila. ‘Yun daw lagi ang ginagawa nila kapag nag-eexpire ang coach. Pero I also open my options to other schools,” Garcia said.
Sources told Spin.ph Letran alumnus Wilmon Yu is being considered for the Knights job.
“Doon ako nagulat kasi even the players and some alumni were asking. It was a good performance dahil kahit wala kaming malaki, lumalaban ‘yung mga bata. Ngayon pa lang papasok ‘yung mga recruits. They thought everything is unfair. If you want a program, you have to stick with the program,” said Garcia.
Garcia, who took over after longtime Letran head coach Louie Alas resigned, made it clear that he still intends to stay with the Knights but only if a longer contract is offered.
“If they give me a good offer,” Garcia, who is also an assistant of Yeng Guiao at PBA ballclub Rain or Shine, said when asked if he is still open to staying with Letran.
“Depends on the offer pero kung one-year lang, most likely, aayaw din ako sa kanila. Sa nangyayari ngayon, may search committee sila na naghahanap sila ng iba. Last option na naman ako. Last time, last option ako. I don’t want to be the last option.”
“At least three years sana para matapos ‘yung five-year program,” Garcia said.