Tony Dela Cruz
PBA Professional Athlete (Present)
Alaska Aces Team Captain
Philippine National Team Member (2007)
" Kelvin Dela Pena is one of the hardest workers I have ever met. As his former teammate I can recall on a daily basis Kelvin being the first one in the gym and the last one to leave. His dedication on the court is remarkable. With his constant attention to detail in all aspects of basketball it is no wonder why Kelvin is a teacher of the game. I am sure any student under his tutelage will gain tremendously because of his patients, knowledge, and communication skills."
Former Professional Basketball Athlete: 1st & 2nd Division (Germany)
Former Teammate (Cebuana Lhuillier Moneymen - PBL) (Alaska Aces - PBA)
"I've known KC for quite a while now and I've had the pleasure to play alongside with him years in the philippines (PBL and PBA). Not only did we spend hours and hours in the gym trying to get an extra work-out in or put up more shots before practice, our friendship also grew beyong my expectations.
He's the kind of player who is always looking for improvements, on and off the the basketball court. His strive to get better in every aspect of his game is a reflection of his basketball career in the Philippines so far. It's no coincidence that he's been chosen to receive the NCAA(Philippines) Rookie of the year(2005) and MVP(2007) awards and then turned pro for the Alaska Aces(PBA) in 2008. As a friend and teammate, I can say that if I weren't in Germany, I would love to support him on his mission to give back to the game. I know he will hand down all of his knowledge about the game to every athlete he coaches."
Point Guard/Shooting Guard St. FX University
"Pick it up buddy, that's too much time, attack it"
One of the many phrases from coach K that echo’s in my head every time I approach a workout or basketball drill. I heard of coach through friends who were training with him and were seeing huge results. They told me sessions were going to be hard. I thought 'how hard could they be?'
Fast forward to our first training day.
Before beginning our session coach wanted to get to know me. He wanted to know what I was looking for, my goals, where I saw myself in my basketball career in the future. It was never about him. It was always about my progress and giving me the tools I need in order to reach my goals. He believes that the way we approach training; with heart, dedication and humbleness should mirror how I approach all aspects of my life. He really does bond with you individually and cares and looks out for you in everything.
Coach is a funny guy but as soon as its time for training it's straight business! The bigger your dream/goal the more he challenges you. He has this look that tells you "Time to Man up!” My goals are big so I think this heavily affects how he approaches training sessions with me. He is different with each individual athlete he works with. No matter your reasons for seeking coach K, one thing is for sure, he wants hard workers, not excuses!
The biggest thing I take away from having Kelvin as my coach is the advise he gives based on his diverse hands on experience from having been a young athlete with big dreams to reaching his goal of becoming a pro athlete overseas.
I am privileged to witness the hardest working player, coach and mentality in the game here in Calgary. He is my biggest mentor; bigger brother and I credit a lot of my success in life to him. He took me in and changed my life.
Thank you Coach Kelvin for everything!
I met Coach Kelvin through a club team in Calgary and immediately I could see his passion for the game. He is a great coach and mentor who's hard work rubs off on players. I'm blessed to have the option of calling him for an individual were I know he will work me hard. In just one session he helped me to improve my game and was able to point out what I needed to work on. Great person and mentor!
Former Centro Escolar University Basketball Athlete
Current St. Lukes College of Nursing Basketball Athlete
" I met Kelvin my first year living in the Philippines. We shared the competitiveness and love for the game. One important asset to separating yourself from the rest of the competition is your work ethic and right from our first conversation, he showed me why he was where he was. His work ethic has graciously inspired me that if you work hard towards one goal, nothing can stop you but yourself. Besides work ethic, another aspect of the game I have learned is basics. Its funny you think you would learn the basics at a young age, but with Kelvin, not matter how advance you are, you need to have a strong basic knowledge and skillset to be able to achieve higher grounds. I have the utmost respect for Kelvin and look forward to working with him in the future. Thanks Kelvin for teaching me and guiding me! I'll make you proud in the near future!"
Two Time NCAA Champion
NCAA MVP, Defensive Player of the year
"I first got a glimpse of who Kelvin was when he was playing in college (NCAA). From then I knew he had a one of a kind passion for what he did; pride and character I hope to obtain myself one day. I enjoyed watching him play the game and actually succeed and gain great accolades such as NCAA MVP.
He has given me amazing advice that I later carried in my heart towards earning season MVP myself. I feel he didn't have to share certain information and advice with me, yet he did. He has his heart set on giving back in anyway he can and I'm grateful to have met and befriended him. I feel he has a lot of wisdom among other things and he can really give back to the youth. A man with his character is rare, he's definitely someone you want your son to take after. I wish him the best of luck in life."