Franz Pumaren sets sights on UAAP championship as he takes over as Adamson coach
Franz Pumaren with Adamson officials and backers as well as his coaching staff with the Falcons, made up on Tonichi Yturri, Jack Santiago, Don Allado, Ren Ren Ritualo and Mike Fermin. Reuben Terrado

FRANZ Pumaren said he is eyeing nothing less than a UAAP championship as new Adamson coach.

In a press conference on Friday at the Adamson campus, Pumaren admitted the Falcons will definitely be in rebuilding mode in his first year at the helm, but that won't stop him from aiming for a championship to add to the five he had won with alma mater De La Salle.

“It’s an honor and we would like to thank the community for trusting and believing in our program. I know for a fact that it’s going to be a long haul. Our direction is to rebuild the program,” said Pumaren.

“We don’t run away from challenges. We are no hypocrites. We are here to give Adamson a championship,” said Pumaren.

[See Pumaren expecting goosebumps in first meeting with alma mater La Salle]

Pumaren will be joined by longtime assistants Jack Santiago and Tonichi Yturri and former Green Archers Ren Ren Ritualo and Don Allado, who played for the former PBA star during his years with La Salle.

Mike Fermin, last season’s interim coach, will also be joining Pumaren’s staff.

Pumaren toured the Adamson campus on Friday and met the players following the press conference. He declined to give his take on how the team will perform next season but assured the Falcons will be a fighting team.

"Rest assured, its going to be an exciting Adamson team next season," Pumaren said of the team which only won three games in Season 78 including one against La Salle.

La Salle, of course, is the school which Pumaren led to five championships including a four-peat from 1998 to 2001.

Pumaren also took a tour of the museum where the Falcons' lone UAAP champion's trophy is kept. That came in 1977 with a team led by Hector Calma, Pumaren's former teammate at San Miguel and in the national team.

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"I took a picture of it. Grade 3 lang ata ako nun," Pumaren said smiling.

See video of Pumaren's presentation as new Adamson coach:


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