Austria: Back As Falcons Coach?

One of my unpublished write-ups for The Adamson Chronicle. It was not approved because the superiors told me that it would pre-empt ( or reveal the hidden secret 🙄 ) of our new (or returning 🙄 ) men’s basketball coach.

Austria: Back as Falcons Coach?
by: Joshua Felix S. Tadena

Adamson Falcons men’s basketball team head coaching job is now up for grabs and the coach that brought the cellar dweller team on a high note last UAAP season 69 is being eyed once again to reclaim lost glory.

An alleged lucrative deal is waiting for the former Adamson Falcons coach Leo Austria by Adamson University for the vacant head coaching post in the men’s basketball team.

Austria is remembered as the first ever Falcons mentor to drive the men’s basketball team to a Final Four finish in its 14 years existence. He preceded coach Mel Alas after a dubious 3-11 stint on 2005 UAAP hoop wars, the season that was hosted by Adamson. However, the Cinderella story ended on the Final Four “win or go home” game against Ateneo Blue Eagles, a game that was closely contested up to the final buzzer and ended with just a three point deficit. Under coach Austria’s mentorship, former Adamson main man Ken Bono achieved the highest individual award in the most prestigious collegiate tourney, the UAAP Most Valuable Player award.

The back-to-back departure of Austria and Bono proved to be a fatal blow in the championship hopes of the team as the Adamson Falcons went down to the second to the last place, only two games ahead of the winless UP Fighting Maroons. Austria’s assistant coach and former Crispa legend William “Bogs” Adornado succeeded the post but was nowhere near from the achievement of the latter.

Adornado’s one year contract expired last December 31 and his assistant and former Letran Squires mentor Jing Ruiz took over as the interim coach. Head coaching rumors are looping around with the names of Austria, Ruiz, former San Beda coach Nash Racela, Talk ‘N Text assistant coach Bong Ramos and former national team mentor Boysie Zamar.

Austria’s two-year PBA contract is expiring within the Philippine Cup and there was no extension talks as of press time.

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~ by Joshua Tadena on January 31, 2008.

One Response to “Austria: Back As Falcons Coach?”

  1. […] Leo Austria. I have written something for the TAC’s first issue last January entitled “Austria: Back As Falcons’ Coach?“, re-wrote it for the second issue that was out a few days ago, but just recently had the go […]

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