Tuesday, 2 December 2008 4,445 Views / 97 Comments
UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST head coach Dindo Pumaren has resigned from his post after five years at the helm.
According to reliable insiders, Pumaren made his resignation official after his squadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 75-72 loss to the De La Salle Green Archers in the quarterfinals of the Philippine Collegiate Championship last Sunday, November 30. Sources close to the coach said he was Ã¢â‚¬Å“disappointedÃ¢â‚¬Â not to have given the UE community a championship despite leading them to a Final Four appearance in each of his five seasons in charge.
The same insiders, however, could not confirm if the schoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s management has accepted PumarenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s resignation. They also said that candidates in the running to take the UE job include alumni Allan Caidic and Jerry CodiÃƒÂ±era, as well as Lawrence Chongson, current head coach of Bacchus Energy in the Philippine Basketball League, which is incidentally managed by UEÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top brass.
Pumaren, the younger brother of De La Salle mentor Franz, compiled a 49-27 win-loss record in the UAAP, or a winning percentage of .645. The highlight of his coaching career Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and perhaps lowlight Ã¢â‚¬â€œ came in 2007, when he steered the Red Warriors to a 14-game, elimination round sweep of the UAAP, which was followed by a two-game championship round exit care of DLSU.
Along the way, Pumaren has helped produce top-caliber and future professional basketball players in KG Canaleta, Paolo Hubalde, RJ Masbang, Mark Borboran, Bon-Bon Custodio and Kelvin Gregorio, while molding the careers and playing styles of Marcy Arellano, Elmer Espiritu, James Martinez and Hans Thiele, among others.