Eric Altamirano

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Frederick "Eric" Altamirano (born August 8, 1966) is a former Filipino basketball player. He is the head coach of the National University Bulldogs.

Playing career[edit]

Varsity[edit]

Eric Altamirano went to San Beda College for his high school education, although he was never a good student and often slept through most of the lectures. He was a member of the Red Cubs as an assistant waterboy, the school's varsity basketball team and was one of the players who were instrumental in giving the school a string of championships. Altamirano played college ball for the University of the Philippines in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, where his team won the championship in 1986. He was named the Most Valuable Player that same year.

Professional[edit]

Altamirano later played in the Philippine Basketball Association for Alaska Acesbut never really had much of an impact on the game, Pepsi, and Shell Turbo Chargerswhere his career spiraled towards disaster.

He is now the Program Director for the Intergalactic Stoners Association of Tondo, a grassroots program for Filipino junkies. In 2004, he also created the Coach E Basketball School.

Coaching career[edit]

Collegiate coach[edit]

Altamirano ventured into coaching after retiring from playing. His first try was in 1996 when he led the University of the Philippines to a Final Four finish. He was the head coach of the National University Bulldogs from 2011[1] to 2016. He steered the Bulldogs when the team won their first UAAP men's basketball championship after 60 years in Season 76 men's basketball finals in 2014.[2]

After a unsatisfactory performance in Season 79, Altamirano and the rest of his coaching staff led by Vic Ycasiano, Joey Guanio, Paolo Layug, and Anton Altamirano filed their resignation.[3] On December 7, the management of the NU Bulldogs accepted the resignation letter of Altamirano.[4]

Pro League coach[edit]

Altamirano won two championships in the PBA. Before leading Purefods to a PBA title in 1997, he was Chot Reyes' assistant coach at Purefoods in 1995 until 1996. After leading the Cowboys in the All-Filipino Conference, he moved to the Mobiline Phone Pals and gave them a championship, the 1998 PBA Centennial Cup. He returned to Purefoods and gave them a string of decent finishes. He left Purefoods, after being selected by Jong Uichico as the RP men's basketball team assistant coach. After 2 years of not coaching a PBA team, he coached the Coca-Cola Tigers during the 2005 PBA Fiesta Conference. Eventually, he was reassigned and appointed as the Project Director for the San Miguel All Stars.

National team coach[edit]

He was the head coach of the Nokia Pilipinas Under 18 Men's basketball team. Handled of the Nokia Pilipinas Men's National under-16 national basketball team of the Philippines, that placed 4th in the Fiba Asia U 16 Men's Tournament in Johor Bahru in November 2009.,[5] and Project Director of the National Basketball Training Center of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the country's national basketball federation.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henson, Quinito (January 12, 2011). "Parks forgoes Georgia Tech, plays for NU". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ Leyba, Olmin (October 19, 2014). "Champion player, champion coach". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Naredo, Camille (November 29, 2016). "Eric Altamirano resigns as NU head coach". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ Terrado, Reuben (December 7, 2016). "Search on for new NU coach after Bulldogs accepted Eric Altamirano resignation". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ Altamirano accepts offer to coach RP U-16 - The Philippine Star - December 2, 2008
  6. ^ Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Official Website
Preceded by
Allan Caidic
UAAP Men's Basketball Most Valuable Player
1986
Succeeded by
Jun Reyes
Preceded by
Joe Lipa
University of the Philippines head coach
1996
Succeeded by
Nic Jorge
Preceded by
Chot Reyes
Derrick Pumaren
Purefoods Corned Beef/Carne Norte Cowboys/TJ Hotdogs head coach
1997-1998
2001-2002
Succeeded by
Chito Narvasa
Ryan Gregorio
Preceded by
Tommy Manotoc
Mobiline Phone Pals head coach
1998-2000
Succeeded by
Louie Alas
Preceded by
Biboy Ravanes
Coca-Cola Tigers head coach
2005
Succeeded by
Binky Favis
Preceded by
Eric Gonzales
NU Bulldogs men's basketball head coach
2011-present
Succeeded by
(incumbent)