Following the untimely passing of its patron, Bong Tan, the Batangas City Athletics made some bold changes in the line up, tapping the right man at the wheel for its upcoming MPBL playoff drive.
Goldwyn Monteverde, head coach of the Athletics, stepped down from his post to concentrate on National University’s junior squad and was replaced by former Batangas City assistant coach Woody Co.
This latest development was confirmed by team executive Jean Alabanza in an online interview with FOX Sports Philippines.
“Woody Co will be the coach while Mac Tan will be the assistant team manager,” wrote Alabanza.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Co, who left the Athletics camp prior to the start of the season when he was recruited by the Bataan Risers to become a team executive.
The Risers, however, were financially pinched and Anthony Zubiri’s group had to be taken out of the team, leaving key members of the squad — from players, coaches, managers and utility staff — unpaid.
Co, a former stalwart of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, found the perfect opportunity to return to the Athletics’ fold and he will assume a much bigger role this time.
Coaching the team isn’t new, after all, for Co, who served as a pinch-hitting mentor at the time of Tan’s absence as head coach.
“It is very challenging, given the winning tradition and situation now of Batangas City-Tanduay,” wrote Co. “But hey, who doesn’t love a good challenge?”
Co isn’t bound to make changes on the flow of things in Batangas City, but he wants to re-establish good team chemistry.
“More than changes, we are focusing more on team chemistry. I’ve players who play both sides of the floor. We need to maximize that and try to bring out the best in each of them,” added Co.