Franz Pumaren will be leaving his post as the head coach of the Adamson University Men's Basketball Team as he will be committing full-time as a councilor for the third district of Quezon City, the university announced on Tuesday.

/ 17 February 2021

“As Adamson University understands the desire of Coach Franz to give full-time service to his constituents in his district in Quezon City, we announce with a heavy heart that Coach Franz will cease mentoring the Adamson Falcons effective this current year,” the university said in a statement.

Pumaren’s contract with the Soaring Falcons expired last January and decided to focus on his political career.

He was involved in politics for the long run as he served his district in Quezon City as a government official for nine years. 

The San Marcelino-based squad expressed their gratitude to the decorated coach as he brought three straight final four appearances in his four years stint with the Soaring Falcons.

“The whole Adamson community would like to thank Coach Franz Pumaren for his unselfish sharing of his time and talent with the Adamson Men’s Varsity Team, masterfully lifting once again the standing of the Falcons in the UAAP,” the university said in a statement.

“His unique brand of coaching has carried the Falcons through several respectable finishes in the last five UAAP seasons which were considered by the Adamson community as the most electrifying Falcon seasons by far,” it added.

Pumaren also had notable recruits in Jerrick Ahanmisi, Val Chauca, Sean Manganti, Jerom Lastimosa, and Robbie Manalang.

Adamson Baby Falcons Head Coach Mike Fermin will be holding the fort for the senior’s team as he will be stepping up as the interim coach.

“To Coach Franz, we will forever be grateful. We could not have pulled off the Falcon’s comeback in the UAAP podium without you,” the statement ended.