Franz Pumaren’s main focus remains on Adamson U—at least throughout the course of the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament.
Pumaren, 52, made the assurance recently, saying he’s determined to help the Soaring Falcons turn their fortunes around after struggling to contend heavily in the past four years in the country’s premier collegiate league that tips off anew this weekend.
Pumaren signed a 3-year deal with the Falcons last December, taking over the reins from Mike Fermin, who now serves as one of his assistants.
“Adamson ako (and) it has been my priority,” said Pumaren on Tuesday, guaranteeing his role as consultant for GlobalPort in the pro ranks won’t get in the way of his Falcons job.
Pumaren’s bold statements came on the heels of GlobalPort owner Mikee Romero’s post on his personal Facebook account nearly two weeks ago, saying: “After this 3rd conference (Governors Cup), Coach Franz Pumaren would take (up) the cudgels for GlobalPort Batang Pier.”
However, Pumaren, who also called the shots for Air21 Express from 2011 to 2014, is in no rush to make a coaching comeback in the pro league—at least for now.
A five-time UAAP champion coach with La Salle, Pumaren will make his much-awaited comeback after seven years on Sunday when Adamson takes on University of the Philippines, now handled by Bo Perasol, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. – By Jerome Lagunzad
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