Moncho Fernández: The Alchemist who conquered Compostela

By Miriam Fernández ( mirianfdezv ) who has read The Alchemist PDF by Paulo Coehlo well understood his message: “When a person really wants something, the whole universe conspires so that you can realize your dream Just learn to listen to the dictates of the heart.”. And the heart of Moncho Fernández has felt like big dreams, individually and collectively were met. His successes have created a new illusion in Santiago de Compostela. Alchemist is also “He who turns lead into gold.” The nickname was coined for the first Once a friend who works in, Enric Corbella, to praise his ability to transform theory into smaller teams winning teams. The key is to create good human relations on their computers, through his personality gets the commitment of its players. As Moncho himself has said, the true alchemy“is the ability to bring us all eses early as flag over our lives” . Values ​​such as work, humility and commitment led him to touch the heaven in a city that is one of the most beloved and respected people. Prophet in his own land.

The best news was published two days ago during a visit of the staff and coaching staff to the headquarters of Endesa in As Pontes. Moncho Fernández renewed for two seasons as coach of Obradoiro. His greatest desire is to settle the team in the top flight of basketball. “We will do our best for that boat in which you put so much hope, effort and money to come to fruition,” he said gratefully. The captain will point the way . Raúl López, president, also had words of affection for him: “The results are important, but so are other things like values ​​and he has managed part of the history of this club” . Certainly, the fans will considered the ideal to continue due to his career, involvement and identification with the person club project.
The Alchemist poses with his slate
Photo: El Correo Gallego
Ward Moncho López
His story has happy ending in the present but to achieve prestige was not easy.
Interestingly, his first memory of basketball is at 6 years old pavilion Sar, when he went with his father to see the Obradoiro. During her childhood she practiced the sport but soon realized his inability to play well, so that at age 17 he began training the first school team Peleteiro in studying.“For me it was never a dream to be professional coach, it was just something that did not raise me. The dream of my life was to teach history and coach basketball “ .
His final dive came from the hand of Moncho Lopez, who gives in 2000 the opportunity to be his assistant in the CBA, in Gijón Basketball. “I told myself, let’s try and have this experience, if the thing had just wrong at least since he had lived.Approach was not a priority in my life “ .Learning by side Moncho was instrumental in his career to expand knowledge to be better coach, so he continued with him until the 2005/2006 season in which they went to the Milk River Breogán.
And it was time to face the path alone, in the Cadiz CB Villa de Los Barrios, a small population of just over 20,000 inhabitants. In three seasons, he and his crew managed a team that was only thinking of staying in the league Adecco Oro were dreaming with a historic promotion to the ACB. They were also the only ones who have led the Villa to contest a Prince Cup. And the ones that have led him to play a “playoff” climb. “The truth is that in Los Barrios amazing chemistry between the audience and gave the team because he was a fighter group” . In the auger stand still keep a great memory of the Galician technician:“Perhaps there is much good that Moncho coaches, but there are few workers like him and is the only one who has made ​​us touch the sky.” .
The experience served as a showcase and shuttle. Perhaps few know that Moncho could work coach with Ettore Messina Real Madrid, but ultimately rejected the proposal. “I always say the same thing, a coach just is not him but personal circumstances, which would mean at that time to go Madrid was what stopped me to accept the offer, it was a enrome pride they should rest upon me “ .
That summer of 2009 the Alchemist also sounded as a possible coach for the newly created Xacobeo Blu: Sens Obradoiro, but eventually ended up in Murcia. However, the dream of leading the team Murcia ACB was declining at the rate reached defeats. A partial 2-9 wins and losses and the fact that the bottom team in the league assumed his dismissal as coach.Moncho had learned another lesson on managing the locker room.
The dinner that changed the course of Obradoiro
When Moncho joined the “Work” the situation was very different than it is today. Still bleeding wound descent. In addition, institutional instability did shake the foundations of the club. But all agreed something had to work to restore hope to the large crowd that had forged his support remained intact.
We had to get up, and he was chosen. Nobody better than a man of the earth. “I always say the same, my name or surname if I can change but the place where I was born I can not change, I compostelano and I’m very proud of it, at first it is a personal motivation and everything involved for me and my emotional environment, makes everything changed, the whole day is special, it is the team that first saw him play “ .
It was the then manager, Chete Pazo, responsible for placing their trust in Moncho and convince him to accept the challenge. “I Ficho by the Obradoiro practically when they offered me. At a dinner we have a meeting a couple of hours and good stretches, 5 or 6 hours it takes dinner-meeting saw who trusted in my work, and I was flattered and delighted to accept the project “ .
Moncho addresses his players in the Mutiusos Fontes do Sar
Photo: Alvaro Ballesteros
From the time when he began working has been writing chapters in the history of Compostela computer. During the Gold Adecco team was able to match the best winning streak in the history of the category, then conquer the Prince Cup against his former team. But most important was that the purpose of ascent was fulfilled. Although the Playoff, basketball was right and returned to Santiago and Galicia to the place they deserved. “The beauty of this club with history but few years in the top flight is that everything we get makes us enter with gold lettering in the club’s history. Each challenge opens more doors “ . One of the most experienced technicians LEB Oro was prepared to succeed at last in the CBA. “The most important game of our history was when we beat Valencia at home and kept category, something we had never gotten”The award more especially sleep he dreamed an entire city had come true.
And what about this season. With almost 700,000 euros within the set budget has achieved the best balance of wins and losses. The goal of permanence is closer every day. The sad note is currently no classification for the Cup being held these days in Vitoria. Although it sounds like a cliché, basketball was not fair, the difference was a ball at the last second would not go. “We have to move on. It was a luxury we have been fighting for a place in the Cup, but we must now rise “ Moncho said after the game.
De Alchemist Pontepedriña to Pregonero de Compostela
On the evening of July 20 Moncho Fernandez was asked to give the starting signal for the Festival of the Apostle. That day conquered another part of the Obradoiro. It was not a simple speech, or a proclamation more. It was a prize to the team values ​​every day trying to convey to his players and those who vibrate with them. Some principles that underlie their sporting achievements but also vital. The pride of Compostela, as it said the “most beautiful city in the world” , where he was “lucky to be born” .
Víctor Pérez, Gonzalo Rodriguez and Moncho Fernández
Photo: Alvaro Ballesteros
Yours is largely victory to rekindle the magic of basketball in Santiago. “Much playing basketball in the city for many years. Has recovered a sentiment that was probably asleep. The work has always been closely linked to the city and so the club and the fans quickly Sar have been linked to the club “ .
But it would be unfair to speak only head coach. His inseparable companions are an important part of success. It is the triumph of teamwork. Victor Perez and Gonzalo Rodriguez have extensive experience in the highest categories and are responsible for making their own scouting and rival.“The day fiche in San Antonio Spurs hope to have the budget to take me to my assistants with me” jokes Moncho. ” I have the best coaching staff than any coach in the world can dream “ .
The Obradoiro is a family in which all are integrated. Alchemy applied to basketball. Gaining the commitment of his players from the personal. “There is something very nice for a coach when you find players you’ve trained, you keep trying as a coach, that’s very gratifying because it means that they have been someone important in your life “ .
“The stability of the club, stencil work and support of the fans. If these three pillars go together, we’re going to get “ . Moncho Fernández, the cornerstone of this Obradoiro fly with your feet on the ground. As the protagonist of Coehlo is a hero who seeks his treasure, chasing their dreams. Whatever happens, your name will be engraved in block letters in the history of this club and this city. As he said during the celebration of the rise in the Caldeira do Sar: “Simply, thank you” .

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