VERGEL Meneses remains head coach of EA Regen Medical Group despite allowing deputy coach Allan Trinidad to call the shots for the team during its PBA D-League game against Cagayan Valley on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Meneses sat at the farthest end of the Regens’ bench in the 103-92 win over the Rising Suns as Trinidad took charge of calling the plays and shouting instructions from the sidelines.
Shortly after, Trinidad clarified Meneses is still Regens head coach as the Jose Rizal University mentor was the one who asked him to take charge for the moment after the team suffered two straight losses.
“Siya pa rin,” said the former interim San Sebastian coach, referring to Meneses. “Kaya lang, sabi niya, ikaw na muna. Pahiyang muna ako. Sistema mo muna.”
Trinidad also said Meneses is still helping the team, insisting, “Pero andyan pa rin siya.”
The ploy did work as the Regens got back on the winning track after arresting their two-game skid.
Incidentally, the team has ex-San Sebastian players in its lineup, among them Ian Sangalang, Jimbo Aquino, Dexter Maiquez, and Michael Miranda.
The squad is also owned by former Lubao mayor Dennis Pineda, a former team patron of the Stags who was also present on the bench on Thursday.
Trinidad was also part of Meneses' coaching staff when JRU saw action in the D-League Aspirants Cup in the first conference.