Success is the word that best defines Sergio Abreu’s career as a basketball coach, who saw his life come to an end last Friday after a long battle with various illnesses.
With the same energy and emphasis that he could in his orientations to the players and his discussions with the referees while defending his teams, Abreu maintained a fight for his health that he ultimately lost.
But for his teachings from the lower categories to the higher ones, Abreu is and will be remembered with immense affection by all those he was able to influence both on and off the pitch.
Although he was a winner at all levels and a trainer and instructor of generations of players, coaches and people who later dedicated themselves to other activities, he is remembered as the coach who had four championship titles in the top basketball tournament with San Carlos. .
After the departure of Osiris Duquela (of whom he was an assistant) and the stellar canastero Vinicio Muñoz for the 1982 season, Abreu took over the reins of the San Carreño club that maintained the champion’s crown that it had won four years in a row (1978 -1982) to complete a “quintet of crowns”.
After a period in which the team saw a new generation of players emerge along with the leading figure of Evaristo Pérez, the people of San Carril once again dominated the circuit with the 1987, 1988 and 1989 championships.
With his four championships he is equal to Melvin López in third place for life, only behind Fernando Teruel (6) and Duquela (5).
In addition to the superior tournament, Abreu led the team from the neighborhood of the five corners to reign in the minibenjamín, minibasketball, intermediate, children’s, youth and pre-superior categories.
Previously and as successor to Humberto Rodríguez in the Naco club he practically established a “dictatorship” in the mini-benjamín and minibasketball categories.
He also coached the men’s and women’s national teams.
He led the women’s team to the silver medal at the 1989 Centrobasket in Santa Clara, Cuba.
In the 1993 men’s Centrobasket in Puerto Rico, he achieved a 4-5 mark, valid for fourth place.