IN a bid to improve its status from a darkhorse to a legitimate title contender, Barako Bull named three-time PBA champion coach Siot Tanquincen as its new head coach, replacing Bong Ramos.
Barako bull team manager Raffy Casyao confirmed the latest coaching change for the franchise, which Spin.ph first reported on Thursday. [See Bong Ramos out, Siot Tanquingcen in as Barako Bull coach?]
“Yes, we have a new coach in Siot Tanquincen,” said Casyao, shortly after his brief breakfast meeting on Monday with Ramos.
Casyao bared the decision was made Barako's failure to reach the playoffs in the Commissioner's Cup where the team finished with a 2-7 win-loss slate.
“It is a very tough decision for us to alter the direction of our team midway through the season, but we also fervently hope that change is necessary if we really intend to reach our goals,” said Casyao.
“We would like to thank Coach Bong Ramos for everything he has done for our team and our franchise,” added the amiable team official.
“Coach Bong is an exceptional God-fearing man and coach, which was showcased in four conferences with the team. We wish him the very best going forward,” he added.
The appointment of Tanquingcen was announced to the team during its Monday practice at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.
Ramos took over from Junel Baculi last season but for a while served as an understudy to former national coach Rajko Toroman before getting full control of the team this season.
The veteran coach led the Barako to a quarterfinal finish and sixth place in the last Philippine Cup.
On the other hand, Tanquingcen served as coach of both San Miguel Beer and Ginebra before moving to Barako Bull last season to fill the team manager's role.
Casyao said no decision has been made on whether or not Ramos will stay with the team in another capacity.
"Actually, mutual agreement namin," Casyao said. "He is a professional to take everything in good stride."