GLOBALPORT team owner Miker Romero officially named Ritchie Ticzon as the team's new interim coach, succeeding Junel Baculi in another major step for a young PBA franchise in transition.
Romero made the announcement shorty after the new-look Globalport squad whipped Alaska, 102-92 in their preseason match at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
"Today, the managementnof Globalport has decided to name Ritchie Ticzon as the new interim head coach," the sportsman-businessman said on Saturday.
"I slept over it (decision to change coach), and we explored a lot of coaches until finally, we decided on somebody who is new, with no PBA coaching experience to become our head coach," he added.
Ticzon is a former star at Ateneo who played briefly for Shell in the PBA. He initially came in as an assistant coach but accepted the head-coaching job when the team's other prospects didn't pan out.
Romero admitted that changing coaches just a week before the start of the new season is a big gamble in itself, but said he is ready to accept whatever the outcome will be.
"I will take the gamble. At kung saan kami dalhin ni coach Ritchie, manalo or matalo, I'll take it because this is our decision," he added.
Romero also took the time to thank Baculi, who took te franchise to its first-ever playoff appearance in last season's Governors Cup.
The Globalport owner said Baculi is still very much a part of the team, though the veteran coach has decided to focus on his commitents with National University, where he serves as the school's athletic director.
"I wish the best of luck to coach Junel. Matagal din ang pinagsamahan namin but he also has other commitmets at NU which he needs to concentrate for now," he said.