AFTER accepting an offer to coach San Sebastian, Egay Macaraya brings in a popular former teammate to help him in his bid to revive the winning tradition of his alma mater.
His name? Eugene Quilban.
Macaraya said he was successful in luring Quilban to be part of his coaching staff, convinced that the former PBA Rookie of the Year can bring a lot to the table after formally assuming the head coaching job recently.
This will be the first time Quilban, a two-time NCAA MVP in 1987 and 1988, will hold a coaching job in the major basketball leagues, according to Macaraya. Prior to accepting the assistant coaching job with the Stags, Quilban was tending to his business.
“I guess it’s about time na i-share naman niya ‘yung talent niya especially he was a very good point guard. Marami siyang mabibigay sa basketball program (ng San Sebastian) at sa basketball in general,” Macaraya told reporters on Monday.
After his stint with San Sebastian, Quilban was named Rookie of the Year in 1991 while playing for Alaska. He also played for Pepsi, Mobiline, Pop Cola, and Sta. Lucia, and had a stint with the Davao Eagles in the MBA.
He disappeared from the basketball landscape after his retirement.
Macaraya is confident Quilban will be a good coach, saying the 5-7 has a lot to share to a San Sebastian team that has a glut of guards in the pool.
“The only thing is he has always been a shy guy. Alam naman natin na tahimik siya. He was focused on his business and he doesn’t want any basketball anymore. Pero nung nagkita kami, sinabi ko na kailangan na rin niya na ilabas ‘yung talent niya at tulungan ‘yung mga new guards.
“We are very guard-oriented and I want him to help me. He agreed,” said Macaraya.