Minus key players, Jeff Napa to restore order in NU

Published October 10, 2020, 2:14 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Rebuilding the team that has lost a few high school prospects would be Jeff Napa’s first order of business as new coach of the National University Bulldogs.

“Yun muna ang focus namin,” said Napa, who will fill in the shoes left by Goldwyn Monteverde.

NU high school standouts Carl Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano and Kevin Quiambado decided to bring their act to other schools, with Tamayo and Abadiano transferring to University of the Philippines and Quiambao moving to De La Salle.

Bulldogs top shooter Dave Ildefonso also decided to leave NU for Ateneo. As expected, Napa was named chief strategist of the Bulldogs Friday, a few days after his long-time assistant Chico Manabat took over his coaching job at Centro Escolar University.

Napa barely warmed his seat with the CEU Scorpions when another opportunity was offered to him. The team’s godfather, Manny Sy, reportedly handpicked him.

Napa is no stranger to NU’s basketball culture being a former Bulldog himself.

After his playing years in the UAAP, Napa ventured into coaching and was quite successful, guiding NU’s Bullpups to three UAAP titles from 2011 to 2016.

He also coached Letran in the NCAA.

The Bulldogs are coming off a disappointing performance last season, winning only two of their 14 games to finish dead last.