KOY Banal accepted with an open heart Arellano University’s decision to replace him as head coach of the school’s men’s basketball team.
Banal admitted receiving a letter from Arellano's human resources department last Friday informing him about the termination of his three-year contract, a year before it was to end.
But instead of fuming mad, the coach took the news in stride.
They Said It!
“God is sovereign. He knows what's best for His children. So all I need to do is to submit to His will.” - Former Arellano Chiefs coach Koy Banal
“I believe God will uproot me from where I am and plant me somewhere else where I will flourish,” Banal, one of only a handful of coaches to win championships in the UAAP and NCAA, told Spin.ph.
Banal was ready to serve the final year of his contract with the Chiefs in Season 90 of the NCAA before he was replaced by PBA great and former University of the East coach Jerry Codinera.
“God is sovereign. He knows what's best for His children. So all I need to do is to submit to His will,” he added.
Banal, appointed as head coach of Arellano in 2012, said he is proud of what he achieved with the Chiefs in the short time he called the shots for the school.
“No. 1, to put the Arellano basketball on the map and to inspire our community especially our students that they can compete with students from exclusive schools,” said Banal, who is also an assistant coach at Barako Bull in the PBA.
He takes special pride in having brought to the school a player who was selected No. 4 overall in the last PBA rookie draft (James Forrester) and another one who became a member of the Sinag Pilipinas team (Prince Caperal).
“My proudest moment as Arellano coach was when James Forrester was drafted fourth overall (in the PBA draft) and when Prince Caperal was chosen as part of the national pool for the SEA games,” he said.
At the same time, Banal said he will leave the school with a sound program and a good lineup in place.
“At least, we improved our record to 8-10 from last season (6-12) and we recruited good players for next season,” said Banal, who won championships with Far Eastern University in the UAAP.