VETERAN Larry Albano is set to return as coach of Letran, almost two decades after leading a fabled Knights team led by Samboy Lim to a hat-trick of NCAA titles in the eighties.
Letran has yet to make an official announcement, but multiple sources have confirmed that Albano's appointment was sealed after a deal was struck where another candidate, Wilmon Yu, agreed to serve as first assistant coach.
The appointment is a homecoming of sorts for Albano, who led Letran to three championships from 1982. He has been away from the local basketball scene the last several years, reportedly settling down for some time in the US.
Staff at the Letran rector's office told Spin.ph no official appointment has been made.
Yu, a player at Letran from grade school to college and a member of the Knights team that won the Season 68 title, was also seen as a strong candidate until he agreed to settle for an assistant coach role.
Another former Letran star, Ronjay Enrile, will serve as the second assistant, sources said.
One of the candidates earlier tipped to get the job, Caloy Garcia, confirmed to Spin.ph that he has been informed of the school's decision to name Albano as the new coach to replace Louie Alas.
"I hope he could help bring back the glory to Letran," Garcia said of Albano. "Kasi they chose him, capabilities naman siguro, well he has won championships before."
Asked if he felt bad about losing out in the race, the Rain or Shine assistant coach said: "Given a chance, I would have wanted to prove to them that I could win a championship for the school.
"But like i said, all the coaches who applied there are capable. Pero anytime once something happens and they want to get me again, I'm available, why not?"