COACHES from all walks of life – of superstar and the ordinary ones – gathered together for two straight days to listen and learn from the man himself credited for introducing the now famous dribble drive motion offense.
First time Manila visitor Vance Walberg was himself surprised with the turnout of the first day of the coaching clinic he conducted Saturday at the Kerry Sports Arena at the Shangri-La Hotel The Fort.
Hundreds of local coaches were in attendance led by former national mentor Chot Reyes, who adopted Walberg’s famed system for the Gilas Pilipinas program that resulted in a runner-up finish during the 2013 FIBA Asia Men’s Championship and earned for the country a trip to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Two-time grand slam champion Tim Cone of Barangay Ginebra was also present along with his coaching staff of Richard del Rosario, Freddie Abuda, and Olsen Racela, the Star Hotshots’ team of head coach Jason Webb, Tonyboy Espinosa and Mon Jose, La Salle deputy mentor Siot Tanquingcen, and the Phoenix coaching staff of Ariel Vanguardia, Tino Pinat, and Nic Belasco.
Also gracing the event is Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) president Alfrancis Chua and PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa, a former BCAP prexy himself.
“I’m very happy that the turnout was good and I see a lot of my fellow coaches, even PBA and college coaches that I’ve worked with and coached against,” said Vanguardia, managing partner of Hoop Coaches International, who brought Walberg here in the country.
“It’s really my dream to bring this kind of coaching clinic in the country,” he added.
During the first day of the clinic, Walberg showed drills that will prepare players to play the dribble drive offense, which was discussed in detail on Sunday.
“He noticed that the coaches were very interested and the coaches were willing to learn. He’s very happy to help Filipino coaches,” said Hoop Coaches International managing partner Oliver Gan.
Lyceum coach and Alaska deputy Topex Robinson said the clinic was a great opportunity for his colleagues.
“If you are into coaching, you want to get as many opportunities like this as you can. What coach Vance brought to us is going to help in getting teaching points for our players,” said Robinson.
The clinic is also presented by Phoenix Petroleum and Philippine Airlines, endorsed by the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines, and sponsored by RACKSports, Rhynon Outfit, Foxx International, Discovery Suites, Gerry’s Grill, Livestock Restaurant and Bar, Westports Malaysia Dragons, Blackwater Elite, Bellagio Spa, PGA Cars, Audi, Mossimo, Goodline Staffers and Allied Service, and Swiss Gourmet.