Ramon Fernandez and Eric Altamirano Head Basketball Training Centers

July 16, 2007 by  

Fernandez, Altamirano to train young cagers.

Four-time PBA Most Valuable Player and former MBA commissioner Ramon “El Presidente” Fernandez and champion PBA coach Eric Altamirano got the nod as heads of the BAP-SBP National Training Centers for Visayas and NCR, respectively.

BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio said the two hoop icons would spearhead the scientific training of possible national team aspirants in their areas.

Fernandez, a University of San Carlos alumnus who won a gold medal as a member of the 1973 RP team to the FIBA-Asia Championships and a silver medal in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, brings his vast experience in the sport to the forefront while Altamirano, the 1986 UAAP MVP who also steered Purefoods and Mobiline to PBA titles in 1997 and 1998, respectively, brings his coaching and training expertise to the program. His Coach E Basketball School is among the most respected in the nation.

“The aim of the BAP-SBP National Training Centers is to harness the potentials of young cagers aged 10 to 16,” says Gregorio. “They’d be too young to be allowed to leave their families for this kind of training in Metro Manila. That’s why we designed this program so that they can stay in their regions and still enjoy quality basketball education from among the best.”

Gregorio also expressed optimism in the chosen heads.

“Don Ramon (Fernandez) has won in every basketball level. It won’t be everyday that a four-time PBA MVP will be teaching you everything he knows and that’s inspiring in itself,” Gregorio notes. “Coach E (Altamirano) has touched so many lives with his coaching philosophy and I’m quite sure it will be an honor for these youngsters to experience a winning attitude under a bona-fide winner like him.”

Gregorio also disclosed that the heads for Luzon and Mindanao will be announced in the coming days, putting the BAP-SBP’s first national program in motion.

“This will change how we discover and train the future of Philippine basketball,” the youthful basketball leader explains.

Content posted with permission from PhilStar.com. Check out Philippine Star for more basketball coverage.

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