Ex-Gilas Pilipinas coach joins CSB Blazers as consultant

Rajko Toroman, FIBA Asia Cup 2011 [photo credit: FIBA.com]
Rajko Toroman, FIBA Asia Cup 2011 [photo credit: FIBA.com]

After four years, a beloved Serbian coach is returning to the country.

Former Gilas Pilipinas head coach Rajko Toroman has been tapped by College of Saint Benilde to serve as a team consultant, starting with NCAA Season 99.

“I’m absolutely thrilled; it’s coming full circle for me. I’ve always wanted to work with him again because he’s like a father figure to me,” said Blazers head coach Charles Tiu.

Toroman previously served as the head coach of the Philippine men’s national basketball team from 2009 to 2011.

Toroman will be joining Paolo Layug, Carlo Tan, Gabby Severino, Marvin Bienvenida, and JC Cullar on Tiu’s staff.

“Before bringing Coach Zoran (Martic) on board, I had actually invited Coach Rajko. However, he had commitments in Bahrain and wanted to watch his grandson compete for the Serbian U16 national team,” Tiu explained.

Toroman is expected to arrive on Wednesday evening.

Beyond assisting the Blazers, Toroman will also conduct coaching clinics across the country, aligning with the main goal of Strong Group Athletics, which is to elevate Philippine basketball.

“I believe his influence will extend beyond just the college game; he will be able to assist many teams. As you’re aware, Boss Frank Lao supports numerous basketball teams, and I believe we can all benefit from Coach Rajko’s expertise,” Tiu remarked.

“There is still so much for us to learn and improve upon, and having a coach of his caliber come here to train us is truly beneficial.”

CSB is aiming to end a 22-year title drought in the Grand Old League. In the previous season, the Blazers secured a second-place finish in the senior basketball competition.

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