MATTHEW “FRITZ” GASTON will be the Basketball Commissioner of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) once the 16th season opens on August 25 at the Cuneta Astrodome. The 59-year old Gaston was until recently a Commissioner of the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) and carries with him an outstanding resume as a player, coach and official.
As a player, he served the national team before embarking on a long PBA career from 1979 to 1986 with teams like U-Tex, San Miguel, Crispa, Manila Beer and Great Taste. As a coach, he has won championships for his alma mater Ateneo de Manila University and also handled the national women’s team.
Officiating will be provided by referees from the PBA D-League. One of the first items on the new Commissioner’s agenda is to call for a general meeting with all NAASCU coaches and officials of both the NAASCU and PBA before opening day.
“Commissioner Gaston is an independent commissioner, meaning he is not affiliated with any referee group,” said NAASCU Chairman Dr. Ernesto Jay G. Adalem of Saint Clare College of Caloocan. “We have always believed that the best referees come from the PBA and some of them have already officiated in the NAASCU.”
A record season is expected with an all-time high of 13 schools confirming their participation in the Seniors, Juniors and Women’s Divisions. Leading the way are Saint Clare, AMA University, New Era University, City University of Pasay, Lyceum of Subic Bay, Our Lady of Fatima University, Rizal Technological University, Philippine Christian University and newcomers Manuel L. Quezon University, Enderun Colleges, Colegio de San Lorenzo, De Ocampo Memorial College and Philippine Merchant Marine School.