BOYZIE Zamar has replaced Jerry Codinera as head coach of University of the East after the former Warriors star stepped down on Thursday.
Zamar was a former head coach of the Red Warriors from 2001 to 2004 before he was replaced by Dindo Pumaren. He now takes over a team that went 1-6 (win-loss) in the first round under Codinera, who will take on a new role as sports consultant of the school.
“Yes, I am now a sports consultant for UE,” said Codinera in a text message to Spin.ph.
In an official statement issued later in the day, UE formally announced Zamar's appointment as an interim coach while saying that Codinera’s new role as sports consultant 'will help strengthen UE’s sports program.'
Codinera and Zamar played together with the great Allan Caidic as part of the last Warriors team that won a UAAP men’s basketball championships in 1984 and 85.
“We in Coach Codiñera’s alma mater, regard him with the highest respect and esteem. Indeed, not only is he a UE alumnus, he had also made a name for himself as a UE Red Warrior and as a superstar “defense minister” during his stint with the Philippine Basketball Association,” said the UE statement.
“His more than three decades of experience in the sporting arena would surely be beneficial in the broader, more time-requiring responsibility of attending to UE’s entire sports program - a program that covers over 30 squads, aside from our basketball teams.”
UE finished with a 3-11 slate in Codinera's rookie season last year.