LEO AUSTRIA says UAAP Season 76 will be his final year as head coach of Adamson following a disappointing campaign that saw the Falcons slump after a fine start.
Austria says he wants the school to have a fresh start after a lackluster season that saw them lose six straight outings after a 3-2 start, that was snapped on Saturday with a 67-53 victory over University of the Philippines.
“I think this will be my last season in the UAAP not because I’m going to the PBA but I want them to have a change,” said Austria, who is in the final year of his contract with Adamson.
When pressed further, Austria said some quarters within Adamson are questioning his ability to coach the team after the Falcons suffered six straight defeats.
“They are starting to doubt my ability,” Austria said, without mentioning names. “I will not insist myself if I’m not competent. And that’s my feeling.”
Austria’s decision came after a verbal offer made by Adamson president Fr. Gregg Banaga last month to stay as the team’s head coach.
He said then that he was likely to choose to stay, but that changed when the team began to lose consecutive games.
“We were doing well (at that time)… They see good things from me. But after the losing, everything has changed especially in the community,” said Austria.
“For the meantime, I have to rest. For the whole year, I’m coaching and I don’t have a vacation. Maybe polluted na ako sa basketball,” said Austria, who is also head coach of San Miguel Beer in the Asean Basketball League and assistant coach for Petron in the PBA.
Austria began coaching Adamson in 2006 but stepped down the following season to take the head coaching job at Shell.
Austria returned to the Falcons in 2008, leading the team to a second-place finish in the elimination round of 2011.