XS Homegrown Basketball Training Program Blazes New Path

Originally published in the Xavier School Magis last September 28, 2022

Xavier School has traditionally taken pride in producing homegrown athletes, particularly in basketball.
The Alumni Association of Xavier School (AAXS) has pledged a 5-year developmental program to supplement the school’s basketball training curriculum in order to aid in the development of the Xaverian basketeers of the future.

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The player development program is presently led by none other than TY Tang (XS ’02, PBA 8-year veteran, and UAAP Champion-DLSU), who is aided by Woody Co (XS ’06, PBA veteran, and 2006 UAAP Rookie of the Year-UP), and Geoff Rodriguez.
TY and Woody both played for Xavier while they were students and thereafter in the UAAP and PBA.

Coaches Karl Santos (multiple award-winning coach from LSGH, assistant coach of DLSU men’s team), Juben Ledesma (assistant coach of UST men’s team), and Japs Cuan (former assistant coach of Alab Pilipinas, UAAP Champion-UST) will be able to develop strong teams of players with the necessary skills and sportsmanship values thanks to their focus on player development.
The coaching staff is completed by Jamael Pangandangan (champion national player in handball and frisbee), Ronald Cruz, and former NCAA player An Mazo (Mapua).

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Miguel Chan (XS 08), the head coach of the team, anticipates exciting times for Xavier basketball in the future.
For our basketball program, Chan says, it is a dream come true to be able to assemble an all-star coaching staff at this moment.

Cesar Wee (XS ’93), Fritz Dy (XS ’96), and Philbert Cheng (G7 Team Parent Rep), who make up the financial committee, complete the picture by quietly raising money for the basketball program.

The Coyiuto Family/PGA Cars, Asia United Bank, Acer, Oben Group of Companies, Boysen, PowerMac Center, Converge, and Anzahl Paints are just a few of the big sponsors we’d like to thank for their kind assistance in addition to the varsity parents.

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