SAN BEDA College will defend its National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Seniors championship with a familiar figure as Coach Teodorico “Boyet” Fernandez III has been appointed to a second tour of duty with the Red Lions. This was bared by team manager Jude P. Roque, who added that the decision was the move was made after due consultations with Rector Fr. Aloysius Maranan OSB and team patron Manuel V. Pangilinan.
Coach Fernandez is credited with steering the team to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2013 and 2014. He left the team on a winning note to handle the brand new Northern Luzon Expressway team in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
During his initial two-year run, the Red Lions went 34-9. They topped the elimination round both times and lost only once in the playoffs in Game Two of the 2013 Finals against rival Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 74-79.
In his return to the Lions’ Den, he will only have forward Javee Mocon and guards Ranbill Tongco and Jeramer Cabanag as the only remnants from the last squad that he handled. The team that lifted the trophy last October is basically intact with team captain Dan Sara the only major departure.
Coach Fernandez will get to work for the first time with the likes of rookie sensation Davon Potts, Robert Bolick, AC Soberano, Benedict Adamos and Finals MVP Arnaud Noah. The team also hopes that center Donald Tankoua recovers in time from his knee injury while several players from the school’s deep reserve pool may be elevated like 6’7” Kenmark Carino and Clint Doliguez.
Aside from his varsity duties, Coach Fernandez will be back in another familiar setting as he handles the PBA D-League’s newest entry Cignal HD to be composed of the core of the Red Lions. He is the D-League’s all-time most successful coach with six championships in seven conferences for NLEX from 2011 to 2014 compiling an 85-11 record.
Coach Fernandez will take over from Jamike Jarin, who recently resigned to accept the head coaching position at National University. The 93rd NCAA Season will open in June, 2017 with San Sebastian College-Recoletos as host.