New Year, new coach.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel has made another coaching change, promoting erstwhile consultant Alfrancis Chua as head coach.
Former Gin Kings coach Siot Tanquingcen, who has been subject of much criticism from Ginebra fans over the team’s roller coaster performance this season, will stay on staff as Chua’s top deputy.
Ginebra executive Robert Non, who currently serves as PBA chairman, confirmed the news to InterAKTV, describing it as “pahiyang.”
“Palit muna silang dalawa. Siot will be first assistant, which is the role of Alfrancis at present,” said Non.
“We’ve done that before, positive naman ang result.”
The situation is similar to another coaching shift Ginebra went through a couple of years ago, when former coach Jong Uichico gave way to then-assistant Tanquingcen for the top bench spot. The two were billed as “co-coaches” but Uichico later confirmed that Tanquingcen was head coach and he was assistant.
Curiously, Ginebra has not made a finals appearance since Uichico was coach in the 2011 Commissioner’s Cup, where the Gin Kings lost to Talk ‘N Text in six games.
It will be Chua’s third stint as head coach in the PBA. He last called the shots for the Sta. Lucia Realtors in 2007, taking over for Norman Black in 2004 after also serving as the latter’s coaching consultant. He was also the coach of the Tanduay Rhum Masters after the franchise returned to the PBA in 1999.