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    Former coach Agustin settles for dual role as he focuses on politics

    Sep 17, 2012
    Ato Agustin, champion coach in the college and pro level, says he definitely won't be coaching this season. Jerome Ascano

    ATO Agustin is back in a dual role for San Miguel Corp. this coming season.

    Weeks after losing the Petron head-coaching job to Olsen Racela, the former league MVP has been moved to the management side of the PBA ballclub while becoming San Miguel Beer's coaching consultant in the Asean Basketball League in a concurrent role.

    Beginning this season, Agustin will also be serving as Petron team manager Hector Calma's assistant in the PBA.

    "It's a new role na binigay sa akin ng management sa ngayon. Mas konti ang pressure somehow kasi di ko muna iniisip ang pag-coach sa ngayon," Agustin told Spin.ph after watching the Petron-Meralco preseason game at the Acropolis gym in Quezon City.

    With a fairly relaxed schedule, Agustin said he can also prepare well for a planned shot at the vice-mayorship of San Fernando City in Pampanga in the May 2013 elections where he hopes to team up with current vice-mayor Edwin Santiago.

    "Last term ko na rin kasi as city councilor, and gusto ko pang makatulong kaya plano ko na tumakbo as vice-mayor. Yung current vice-mayor namin na is Edwin Santiago ang magiging running mate ko next year," added Agustin.

    Asked if he will miss coaching, Agustin, who won championships with San Sebastian in the NCAA and with Petron during his maiden season as coach in 2010, said he's open to any possibility with SMC since he'll always be ready to handle a team if given the opportunity again.

    Agustin said he definitely won't be coaching this season and management has yet to formally announce who will be handling the coaching reins for the Beermen in the ABL.  

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    Ato Agustin, champion coach in the college and pro level, says he definitely won't be coaching this season. Jerome Ascano
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