A PAIR of familiar teams will be around once the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) opens later this year. AMA University and Lyceum of Subic Bay have formalized their re-entry thus making the biggest collegiate sports organization in the country even bigger.
The Titans were a league pioneer in 2001 and are best remembered for winning the Sixth NAASCU Senior Basketball title in 2006 under Coach Boni Garcia and then took a leave of absence beginning in 2013. However, AMA participated in last season’s Volleyball tournaments as a “guest” entry, taking Fourth Place in the Women’s Division.
To prepare for the coming NAASCU, Coach Mark Herrera has entered the core of the Titans plus some reinforcements in next month’s PBA D-League Foundation Cup where they will carry the colors of AMA Online Education. Coach Herrera also serves as the school’s Athletic Director.
Meanwhile, the Sharks of Coach Kerwin McCoy will finally stage a comeback after several attempts to revive their membership. Coach McCoy, who has been in-charge of the team since 2005, steered the Sharks to a Third Place finish in 2009 before going on leave.
Since then, Lyceum-Subic has become a dominant force in local and Central Luzon school leagues. They have also represented the region in the annual Philippine Collegiate Champions League.
Coach McCoy is inviting all interested players aged 23 years and below to attend tryouts for the Sharks beginning on June 1, 2016 (Wednesday) at the LSB extension campus located at 8137 Zambales Highway, Cubi-Triboa District inside the Subic Bay Freeport. Workouts will be daily except Sundays starting at 8:00 AM sharp.
AMA and Lyceum of Subic Bay is just the beginning. The NAASCU is set to announce a couple of new member schools in the coming weeks once deals have been finalized.