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FEU legend Miranda now part of Tams' coaching staff

Denok Miranda joined the FEU coaching staff. MPBL (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY — Far Eastern University (FEU) just added a former men’s basketball star to its coaching staff.

No less than Denok Miranda confirmed on Sunday night that he just joined the Tamaraws to assist Head Coach Olsen Racela ahead of UAAP Season 82.

“Last week lang ako ng December nag-start,” Miranda said at the Smart Araneta Coliseum during the Return of the Rivals event.

However, he added that his fellow ex-San Miguel Beerman already contacted him for the job.

“Dati niya pa ako tinext,” Miranda, who played with the said franchise for four seasons, further said.

In fact, he said that he will be in attendance when FEU, representing Chadao, makes its PBA D-League debut on Monday night.

The Tams will battle UAAP rival NU, bannering SM Development Corporation, at the Paco Arena in Manila.

However, this is not Miranda’s first coaching job with his alma mater.

“Part na rin ako ng developmental [team] sa juniors,” the former assistant coach for Marinerong Pilipino in the D-League bared. “Ang hawak ko ay juniors and seniors.”

Miranda helped the Tamaraws take home two consecutive UAAP titles in 2003 and 2004 before declaring for the 2005 PBA Draft.

They first beat the Ateneo Blue Eagles before receiving the De La Salle Green Archers’ championship after the latter’s finals win was forfeited due to eligibility issues.

He was drafted third overall by the former Coca-Cola franchise, which was eventually handed to NorthPort.

Miranda played for 12 seasons in the PBA, most recently with Blackwater in 2017.

He is still active in club basketball, playing for Binan in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

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