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Andres Francisco

BS IT 1940
shooter of the Ateneo 1937-1938 NCAA champion team
coach of the HS track team which won the 1954-1955 and 1957-1958 NCAA championships
shooting trainer of the 1954-1955 and 1958-1959 back-to-back basketball champions

Many champions from the Ateneo Hall of Fame remember coach Dick Francisco as the one who spent hours after the regular practice sessions just to make sure that the timing on his players’ jump shots was perfect, and that his players developed the rainbow loop perfectly so that they could shoot at least one for every two attempts they made. This was the kind of precision that Dick demanded from his boys.

   Ed Ocampo, Tony Jose, Nes Mayoralgo, Dodo Martelino, Ding Camua, Tony Guidotti – these were the shooters who trained under Dick Francisco.

   He was the go-to man, the shooter of the Ateneo 1937-1938 NCAA champion team. His players in the 1950s and 1960s learned and inherited his shooting prowess.

   Dick came back to the Ateneo campus in 1954 and started to build up the backbone of the champions of the ’50s and ’60s. While teaching algebra in high school, he single-handedly developed the athletic programs of the Ateneo.

   Dick was always on the lookout for athletic talents in high school intramurals. He would search the freshmen and sophomores and would spot his future stars. These students were his greatest contributions to Ateneo athletics.

   He was coach of the Ateneo High School basketball and track teams. His track team won the 1954-1955 and 1957-1958 NCAA championships.

   Dick was the shooting trainer of the 1954-1955 and 1958-1959 back-to-back champions with players coming from his high school teams.

   The short, fleeting steps that one takes when he drives in for a layup, the eleven full-throttle dash one executes when he takes off on a long jump in track—these were the handiwork of this great coach. Those who form the long line of champions in the Hall of Fame were all touched and mentored by the great Dick Francisco, the champion maker.

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