DON'T look now but word has reached Spin.ph that Petron will not only have a new name in the coming PBA Commissioner’s cup, but San Miguel Corp.'s flagship team will also have a total facelift beginning with the coaching staff in the next few weeks.
According to a source, longtime Petron assistant coach Biboy Ravanes is set to be elevated as the team’s new coach replacing Gee Abanilla in yet another coaching shuffle for a once proud franchise that has underachieved over the last three seasons.
But that's not all. Insiders said Ravanes will have by his side Todd Purves, the Petron consultant who will now be given the go-signal to take on a more active role in the team in a set-up similar to Rajko Toroman's 'active consultant' position with Olsen Racela last season.
“Yun ang naging desisyon. It was already relayed to them. Todd already knows his new role in the team. Hopefully this one will work wonders,” said the source, who revealed that the new appointments have been formalized on Monday morning.
“Ngayon lang 'yan. As in, ngayon na ngayon lang,” added the source.
The appointments confirmed a story ran by Spin.ph six days ago saying Purves, the former coach of the Indonesia Warriors in the Asean Basketball League, will be taking over the running of the team as the franchise switches back to its iconic San Miguel Beer name in the mid-season conference.
“Yes. Si Todd ang maghahawak ng whiteboard (during games). He’ll play a more active role,” said the source.
The same source bared that former coach Abanilla, who led the team to the finals and a semifinal stint in his two conferences in charge, was promoted to a team manger’s role replacing Siot Tanquincen, who up to now is still without a new post.
“Gee will also help out in the team. He’ll be a manager, pero we still expect him to help in the running of the practices,” said the source.
Though blessed with a very formidable lineup, the Boosters have struggled to regain their championship form as player and coaches movements continued to be as constant as the sunset.
Petron finished runner-up to the San Mig Coffee Mixers in the PBA Governors' Cup last season before being ousted by Rain or Shine in the Philippine Cup semifinals, signalling the end to Abanilla's reign.
Prior to that, Petron finished seventh in the 2013 all-Filipino conference with Toroman and Racela calling the shots and third in the succeeding Commissioner’s Cup in Racela's first and only conference with the team as a full-fledged head coach.