FOLLOWING a disappointing campaign, Star decided to make a coaching change and will bring in Chito Victolero as its new mentor when the PBA unfurls its new season next month.
Victolero will take over Jayson Webb, whose one-year stint with the Hotshots saw the team fail to make the semis in any of the three conferences this season.
Team board of governor Rene Pardo confirmed the coaching change to SPIN.ph
“Yes, Chito Victolero is our new coach,” he said on Friday. “Ipinakilala ko na siya sa team during our practice.”
Pardo said it’s obvious why the Hothsots had to make the move that came less than 24 hours since the franchise pulled the stunning deal of trading long-time superstar James Yap to Rain or Shine for Paul Lee.
“We have to face it, the past two seasons the team has not really performed to its potential. So we have to improve our roster and make it attractive again to our fans,” Pardo added.
Victolero already presided over the team practice that also saw new-acquisition Lee joining the Hotshots for the first time.
The former Mahindra deputy coach will be coming onboard by his lonesome as the Hotshots still retain its coaching staff composed of Johnny Abarrientos, Juno Sauler, Mon Jose, and Tony Boy Espinosa.
“He’s just an addition. Wala siyang sinama na coaching staff niya,” said Pardo.
Webb though will remain as team consultant of the Hotshots to help during this transition period.
“We also want to thank Jason for the effort of leading the team. Kasi nga naman bagito pa siya (sa coaching) tapos sinabak na namin agad,” said the long-time Star executive.
And why Victolero?
“Well, aside from his availability, may experience na rin naman siya sa coaching, with Mapua and lately, with Mahindra,” said Pardo, adding with a laugh, “tinalo nga nila (Enforcer) kami, e.”