SPORTSMAN Mikee Romero has named Glen Capacio as his interim coach after his company's application for membership in the pro league was "unanimously and wholeheartedly accepted" in a special board meeting on Friday at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.
Romero's team will be known as the Global Port Batang Pier and will be handled by Capacio, a PBA veteran who had served as the head coach of the Romero-owned Philippine Patriots, one of two Philippine teams in the Asean Basketball League. He also coached Far Eastern University for one season in the UAAP.
“Di pa ako nakakapag-decide sino magiging head coach talaga ng team. But Glen and Ricky Dandan will help in the coaching of the team starting this season, then we will evaluate them from there,” beamed Romero.
Romero's Sultan 900 Capital bought the Coca-Cola franchise for P100 million as stated in the deed of sale the Romero group forwarded to the PBA Commissioner’s Office this week.
Commissioner Chito Salud said Sultan 900 Capital’s track record was enough reason for the board of governors to officially welcome Romero’s group into the fold.
“You can see from their experience and track record, from their PBL days to the ABL. It will not be hard for us to accept them to the PBA. Actually, in this special board meeting, all we wanted to find out was if it will be a sustainable company and if it will be able to compete for the next five years,” explained Salud.
Meantime, the youthful-looking Global Port team owner stressed that he expects his PBA team to be a running-and-gunning squad, capable of slugging it out with the league’s best.
The Batang Pier’s acquisition of the Powerade Tigers gave them the opportunity to have the league’s most explosive guard-combo in last year’s top rookie pick JV Cacio and Gary David.
Global Port will also have Rabeh Al-Hussaini in its fold as well as the rights to Fil-Am Sean Anthony, James Martinez, Rudy Lingganay, Jondan Salvador, Ray Guevarra, Francis Allera, Lordy Tugade, Romel Adducul, Josh Vanlandingham, Ricky Calimag and the No. 10 and No. 16 picks in rookie draft this Sunday.
Serving as team manager will be former La Salle star guard BJ Manalo while Erick Arejola will be the team’s head of basketball operation, Romero said.
The team's alternate governors are lawyer Larry Paredes and Edwin Jeromillo.