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    MVP's wish granted as Fernandez picked to lead San Beda's four-peat bid

    Jan 2, 2013

    BOYET Fernandez has been named head coach of the San Beda Red Lions, replacing Ronnie Magsanoc who stepped down after leading the school to a third straight NCAA championship last season.

    The school is set to make the announcement anytime soon.

    Fernandez, a former PBA player and coach, was at the top of a short list of candidates recommended for the position by the Red Lions' top patron, Manny V. Pangilinan.

    The multi-titled coach met with Pangilinan about a week before his appointment.

    Fernandez is currently the head coach of the NLEX Road Warriors - a post he will continue to hold in a concurrent capacity. He has led the team to three straight PBA D-League crowns.

    There is no major adjustment needed on the part of Fernandez, who was part of Magsanoc's staff as a consultant when the Red Lions won the championship last season.

    Fernandez also guided the disbanded Sta. Lucia, the same team he played for during his pro career, to a PBA crown during the 2007-2008 Philippine Cup.

    His first foray into collegiate basketball, however, wasn’t as successful as he went 0-12 after he replaced Aboy Castro at the helm at University of the Philippines in 2010.

    Magsanoc tendered his resignation last month, saying he wants to spend more time with his family and concentrate on his job as an assistant coach of the Meralco Bolts, where Fernandez is also one of the lieutenants of Ryan Gregorio.

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