The University of Perpetual Help has named Cebuano basketball coach Joph Cleopas to be the new head coach of its high school basketball program.
The 34-year old will take over the spot vacated by Myk Saguiguit who was elevated to man the seniors division.
“I feel blessed and grateful, I did not expect this but by Gods grace, I know I am here with a purpose,” said Cleopas in a talk with SunStar Cebu.
Tasked with molding young men, Cleopas said he is keen on helping the players develop their potential, both on and off the court.
“Since I started coaching my desire is to really teach kids the basic priorities in life.
Discipline and to mold the players the person that God wants them to be. Knowing our purpose, seeking God first and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto us. Everything will follow,” Cleopas said.
Cleopas brings a wealth of experience to a Junior Altas team that finished last season with a 7-11(win-loss) record and has not reached the Final Four since NCAA Season 86 back in 2010.
Aside from being the high school head coach of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation, Cleopas has also had stints as an assistant with San Beda where he won three NCAA titles working under head coaches Jamike Jarin and Boyet Fernandez. Cleopas was also part of the coaching staff that helped steer the Cignal HD-San Beda to two PBA D-League crowns.
Cleopas also worked for the staff of Aldin Ayo at the University of Santo Tomas. Aside from working on his own basketball camp called JHoops, Cleopas is also working as the strength and conditioning coach of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 teams. (JNP)