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    Ato Agustin named new Ginebra coach as Chua moves up to team manager

    Jul 25, 2013
    Ato Agustin got the Ginebra barely three weeks after joining the team's coaching staff. Jerome Ascano

    ATO Agustin is set to be named the new head coach of Barangay Ginebra for the PBA Governors Cup while former coach Alfrancis Chua is set to move up to team manager.

    Agustin assumes the coaching reins just three weeks after joining the Ginebra organization from Petron, where he won a maiden league championship before being replaced by Olsen Racela at the start of the 2012-13 season.

    Team insiders explained that Agustin got the nod since the former league MVP had the most head-coaching experience from among the Ginebra staff left after Chua's surprise resignation last month.

    “Siya ang may experience sa coaching pool. Kaya siya ang nilagay,” said the source.

    The other members of the Ginebra staff are Boycie Zamar, Art dela Cruz, George Gallent, and Freddie Abuda. Allan Caidic and Juno Sauler are also expected to rejoin the staff after La Salle's season in the UAAP.

    On the other hand, Chua, who was prevailed upon to file a leave of absence instead of a resignation after Noli Eala was removed from his post as San Miguel Corp.'s consultant for basketball operations, is set to stay on, after all, although in a different capacity.

    The decisions were announced by before the players in the presence of SMC boss Ramon S. Ang on Thursday afternoon at the company’s office in Ortigas.

    Agustin will begin his coaching reign, on an interim basis, at the team’s practice on Friday morning at the Reyes Gym in Mandaluyong.

    Heeding a clamor from players and coaches, Ginebra is set to name Chua the new team manager replacing Robert Non, the current team governor who held the post briefly in a concurrent capacity.

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    “Nakiusap talaga kami sa management na sana huwag alisin si coach Al totally sa set-up,” said a player who asked not to be named.

    “We want his presence in the team. He has been an inspiration to us and how he motivates the team will always be missed,” he added.

    Another player told that even members of the management were one with players in asking that Chua stays on, even in a different capacity.

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    Ato Agustin got the Ginebra barely three weeks after joining the team's coaching staff. Jerome Ascano
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