Jeff Napa is coming home to his alma mater after he was formally appointed NU Bulldogs head coach, he told ESPN5.com on Friday evening.
"I am deeply honored to come home and be tasked to handle my alma mater. Hopefully, we can bring back the glory to Jhocson and make the Bulldogs competitive again," he said in a message.
ESPN5.com first reported the development on August 27.
Napa had secured his release from Centro Escolar University and will be succeeded by his prodigy, Chico Manabat.
Napa, who was appointed the head coach of the Scorpions last January, will be assuming the position vacated by Goldwin Monteverde.
Monteverde was supposed to be the replacement for Jamike Jarin, who coached the Bulldogs to an 11-32 record spread over three seasons. Jarin said last year that he will be stepping back from coaching after his final game for NU.
Prior to handling CEU, he called the shots for the Colegio de San Juan de Letran for three seasons, and is currently a team consultant. Napa is also an assistant with the NorthPort Batang Pier.
The 38-year-old tactician also mentored the NU Bullpups from 2011 to 2016, where he copped three UAAP juniors' championships.
Napa previously starred for the team as a player from 1998-2002, scoring 43 points built on 10 three-pointers on Aug. 22, 2002. His record stood for 15 years before UE's Alvin Pasaol eclipsed it with his 49 markers against La Salle in Oct. 2017.
Napa will be handling a squad that just lost several big names over the offseason, including Dave Ildefonso to Ateneo, and former Bullpups Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano to UP, while Kevin Quiambao, who had one year of eligibility left with the Bullpups, has transferred to La Salle.