Learning from the Masters

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Byline: Ed Picson

Beaujing Acot is a young man who is totally obsessed with sports, mainly basketball. He was Pido Jarencio's assistant when they won the UAAP championship last year for UST. He is also the sports director at Benedictine International School in Quezon City. Until recently, he was also a member of the PBA's technical committee.

It was therefore no surprise that he grabbed an opportunity to travel to the States to observe training techniques in Midland, Michigan.

It seems he had been chatting online with Patrick Desiderio, former coach of Aquinas School who asked him if he would be interested in attending seminars and immersion programs and understudying in their sports programs at Northwood University, a Division 2 NCAA team, where Desiderio works.

Acot immediately looked around for supporters who would bankroll his trip and got UST to back him up chiefly. Benedictine also chipped in for the trip. Jarencio was also invited but he is still busy with his work as assistant coach of the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA.

Joining him is Gina Francisco, who is just starting a career in coaching and would like to expand her horizons in the field.

Both Beaujing and Gina are ecstatic over the experience and the way they have been treated by the people at Northwood, especially basketball head coach Bob Taylor who has been with the team for the past 9 seasons, accumulating a 124-120 record, the second winningest in Northwood history.

They have been allowed access to all of the activities, including viewing, coaches meetings, practices, huddles, even scouting of opponents. Acot was amazed at the discipline involved in all aspects of the programs, including the recruitment process.

In an e-mail, he related to me that recruiters may only talk to prospects by phone once a week, and although they are allowed to watch their practices everyday, they may not speak with the player. They can talk to the coach, but that's it. …