Antonius Ferry Rinaldo: Thanking the competitor

AF Rinaldo, IBL Coach of The Year 2020. (Photo: IBL)

IO – NSH Jakarta trainer Antonius Ferry Rinaldo was chosen as the Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) Coach of the Year 2020, coming out ahead of two other candidates, Ocky Tamtelahitu (Pelita Jaya Basketball) and Milos Pejic (Satria Muda Pertamina).

“I thank the NSH management, all coaching staff, players. Of course, also thanks to my wife and children who always support me,” said Inal, the coach’s nickname.

Inal also thanked all the competitors in this season’s competition. “Many coaches are good, so we are always required to prepare various strategies,” he said.

The competition is getting tighter, as all teams have a chance to win or be defeated. Inal is also still curious about the defeat by Pelita Jaya. “Coach Ocky has a different strategy. Unfortunately, I did not have time to avenge the defeat, because the competition stopped,” he said.

The Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) 2020 competition has indeed stopped since the sixth series in Malang, last March. The plan to conduct the October 13-27 IBL bubble was canceled because no permission was granted by the Indonesian National Police (Polri). Even though the competition was stopped, the calculation of player and club statistics was continued and awards were still given to players and coaches.

Inal is indeed considered a success with NSH this season. He brought his team to second place after the Indonesian national team which uses the name Indonesia Patriots. However, in the match against the Patriots, Inal and NSH managed to win.

“I more or less memorized the Patriots strategy because I was the assistant coach of the Indonesian national team helping coach Rajko Toroman,” he explained. Inal became an assistant to the national team at the 2019 Manila SEA Games; after the SEA Games he focused on handling NSH.

Inal signed an agreement to train NSH Jakarta since mid-October last year. “But that’s not why I resigned as assistant coach of the Indonesian national team,” said Inal, Rinaldo’s nickname. “My work contract with the national team ended after the Manila SEA Games.”

The presence of foreign coaches at several IBL clubs was also welcomed. Apart from Pejic and Toroman, who came from Serbia, there was also David Singleton from the United States who handled Pacific Caesar Surabaya and Giedrius Zibenas who polished Prawira Bandung. The previous season, Ghibbi, Zibenas’ nickname, brought Stapac to the title, where Inal was his assistant coach.

“We see more knowledge and a variety of strategies. I’ve helped

Ghibbi and Coach Toro, both of whom have unique ways of approaching training,” he explained.

During his time playing, Inal was attached to the Asaba club, which later changed its name to Aspac and finally Stapac. “Since 1990 I played with Asaba until this club turned into Aspac. There have been several offers to move clubs, but I have decided to become an Aspac player franchise,” he said.

Together with the Indonesian national team, Inal was included in history as the winner of Indonesia’s first bronze medal, at the 1993 Singapore SEA Games, with several young players at that time such as Romy Chandra and Ali Budimansyah and again made history as the champion of the South East Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) in Surabaya in 1996 by beating the Philippines in the final match. Inal was also part of the Indonesian national team when he won a silver medal for the first time at the 2001 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Having lived a life as an office employee as well as a basketball player, Inal couldn’t stand it. He then decided to focus on life on the basketball court.

Retiring as a player in 2009, Inal later became Aspac’s assistant coach. He then became an assistant coach at Garuda Bandung, became the head coach of Pelita Jaya in 2016 and a year later became the head coach of Aspac. (rp)