PBA legends to take over Adamson coaching staff


(from left to right) Kenneth Duremdes, Marlou Aquino and Vince Hizon. Photo from Hizon’s Facebook account.

MANILA, Philippines — PBA legend Kenneth Duremdes will officially succeed Leo Austria as Adamson’s head coach in the next UAAP season, and he has tapped two other greats to join his staff.

Duremdes will take over the coaching reins for Falcons starting November 1, following Austria’s decision not to renew his contract with Adamson, which expires at the end of October, after seven years.

“We spoke to [coach Leo] with the [university] president. He was expressing his intention to rest and he said he would like to give the school a free hand for changes,” team manager Gilbert Cruz said in a phone call.

Duremdes, who has served as an assistant coach for Adamson in the past seasons, was an easy choice.

“He being a Falcon, and maybe the most decorated Falcon ever. Kaya siya pinili namin kapalit,” Cruz also said.

Cruz also confirmed that Duremdes, one of the PBA 25 greatest players, has signed on former Ginebra players Marlou Aquino and Vince Hizon to help with the team.

“Everything is coach Kenneth’s decision. Iba ang approach ni coach Kenneth. Gusto nya, 1 to 3 lang,” Cruz said.

In a Facebook post by Hizon, he said that he was tasked to help the team with “individual shooting skills and offense,” while Aquino will “work with the bigs.”

“…I think it’s time to impart the things I’ve learned to the next generation of student athletes. It’s also an opportunity to work with old friends from basketball and have an impact on the youth,” Hizon said.

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  • 11koji11

    hmmm…..isang trait para maging succesfull ay yung pagiging metikuloso na guro….at masipag…mga tipong sa isang linggo 50 hours puro basktball iniisip….sa college kasi unlike sa pba more on pagtuturo ang dinidiin dapat….sa college game..lalo na mga teams kagaya ng adamson, ue, ust etc..natatalo sila dahil sa mahinang basketball I.Q……that said…….parehong walang ganitong katangian si marlou….isa sa pinakatamad na player sa kasaysayan ng Pba….hay naku…..marlou…..naalala ko isang kwento dito..ayaw maglaro ng national team kasi daw walang allowance…..ayun….

  • Just_JT

    For UP, Adamson and UE, any coach however good they are will falter.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Duremdes might be a skilled player but that does not equate to a good coach. Aquino was a big disappointment both amateur and professional ranks and one of the biggest headaches of his many coaches. As for Hizon…. well, he wasnt to leave his mark in the professional level.

  • Just_JT

    Nothing will change for Adamson. It will still be the last placer among the sectarian universities in the UAAP.

    • 1voxPopuli

      you mean UP?

      • Just_JT

        Since when was UP a sectarian university?

  • Jun Go

    Hizon played for Ateneo

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