Franz Pumaren has stepped down from his post as head coach of the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons, the university announced on Tuesday evening.
In a statement, the university reiterated that Pumaren “will cease mentoring the Adamson Falcons, effective this current year.”
In addition, the university also said that the decision of Pumaren — whose contract to coach the university’s mens senior basketball team expired last January — stems from his desire “to give full-time service to his constituents in his district in Quezon City.”
Pumaren is a Quezon City’s 3rd District councilor.
“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.
“To Coach Franz, we will forever be grateful. We could not have pulled off the Falcon’s comeback in the UAAP podium without you,” it continued.
Ahead of UAAP Season 79, Pumaren took over the head coaching reigns in Adamson. He then led the Soaring Falcons to three consecutive Final 4 appearances. The team however failed to secure a slot in the finals.
In UAAP Season 82, the Falcons struggled. The team only managed to secure four wins and bowed down 10 times, placing themselves at sixth place.
After four seasons in charge of the Adamson Falcons, Pumaren compiled a 31-25 record.