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Golden State Warriors’ Youth Basketball manager heaps praises on coach Jeff | The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  Tony Melendez, the Youth Basketball manager of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, has nothing but words of praise and respect for Cebuano skills trainer and coach Jefferson Codera.

Melendez, who oversees the developmental program of the Warriors for nearly two decades now, is in town touring some of Cebu’s scenic spots and awe-inspiring landscapes upon the invitation of Codera, who works with Melendez as a member of the Warriors’ training camp for nine years already.

“I’m the Youth Basketball manager for the Golden State Warriors since 2007. Training kids across the Bay Area since 2000, we are always looking for the best trainers. That’s when I met Jefferson Codera in 2014. He brings so much passion and energy to our program. He is the one of reasons our program has gotten so huge over the years,” Melendez shared.

“Jefferson had approached me for years inviting me to his country where he has become an outstanding businessman. Cebu is such a beautiful place and I’m glad I got to share it with my family. I recommend Therrish Beach Resort to anyone who wants to enjoy a gorgeous stay off the grid. My family and I will never forget this trip.  Thank you to the whole Codera family,” added Melendez, who marveled at the sight of Magellan’s Cross, Taoist Temple, Sirao Garden and Temple of Leah among other wonderful places they visited.

As a token of gratitude, Melendez gave Codera a copy of ESPN Magazine’s 73 Reasons To Love The Warriors signed by no less than the Golden State talisman Stephen Curry himself. It highlights Curry’s greatness and the Warriors’ golden campaign in the 2016 NBA season wherein they broke Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record with their amazing 73-9 mark.

For his part, Codera is deeply grateful for the opportunity given to him by Melendez and most of all for the friendship they forged.

“Tony teaches me a lot of things in the organization, mentoring me how to train the youth and how to learn the system and program in our camps,” said Codera, the sports consultant and basketball head coach of the municipality of San Remigio in northern Cebu. “He is a great person, a great motivator to all the coaches in the camp.