Legendary Pasig City swimming team coach Efren Jocson, known simply as “Lolo Coach”, has died at age 71.
He served as a coach and consultant in many high-end sports clubs and associations in the country including the Capital City Sports and Country Club, Philippine Columbian Association, the Manila Polo Club, US Embassy Seafront, and aquatic facility maintenance and contractor of DMCI Homes and SM Development Corporation.
He works as a manager at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Swimming Pool Complex in Brunei for 13 years and the founder of the Pasig City Flying Dolphins Swimming Team. He was elected as the President of the National Capital Region Swimming Coaches Association (NCRSCA) from 2003-2006 in which I also served as the secretary.
“My good friend, swimming partner in coaching was taken away by COVID-19. We lost a great coach gifted with an ability to unlock what is bound up in others, and of course, if he himself could explain this gift, his great coaching could be learned and perhaps we’d have more of them. This gift is as obvious and basic in great coaches as other fundamental character traits. You perceive it immediately, once in their presence, a sort of magnetic effect of personality. Coaches are born, not made. Rest in Peace, my friend,” said long-time friend and Canadian swim coach Wilfred Arzaga in his message.
The family is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time of loss. We encourage everyone in the sports, to do their part to social distance, wear masks and participate in groups and gatherings responsibly. We must work together to combat this pandemic.
Makakalangoy uli Tayo!