Incoming PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa has stepped down as president of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) after 17 years, paving the way for the ascension of former Barangay Ginebra San Miguel coach Alfrancis Chua during a board meeting on Sunday at Club Filipino in Greenhills.
Narvasa, a longtime collegiate and pro coach, was unanimously chosen last month to take the place of PBA commissioner Chito Salud, who ends his five-year term this season to become the league’s first president and chief executive officer.
Chua, the BCAP vice president and now governor and team manager of Ginebra, was nominated by basketball great Val Rosabal to succeed Narvasa, with the move seconded by lawyer Ogie Narvasa, Chito’s younger brother and one-time commissioner of the defunct Philippine Basketball League and MBA.
The elder Narvasa then proposed that the nominations be closed.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be able to serve with a special group of men and women with whom I share a common bond with,” said Chua, a grand slam champion coach in the PBL before steering the Kings to the finals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup three years ago.
“These will be big shoes to fill, coming from coach Yeng [Guiao] and coach Chito [Narvasa] after him. But with their guidance and direction and the support of our fellow coaches, we hope to continue BCAP’s plans and programs with the goal of further advancing the interest of the basketball coaching profession.”
Elected executive vice president and legal counsel is Ogie Narvasa, with former Crispa Redmanizer Itoy Esguerra as vice president for internal affairs, Louie Gonzales secretary-general, Val Rosabal treasurer, Jay Serrano corporate secretary, and Adonis Tierra, Felix ‘Boy’ Tiukinoy Jr., Fr. Nong Realuyo, Fr. Nonie Dolor and former Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez as board members.
Named senior advisers are former BCAP presidents Guiao and Narvasa.
The BCAP has 13 board members, two of them holding non-voting status.