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AGUSTIN TAKES OVER GINEBRA COACHING REINS

03:51 PM July 26, 2013

Ato Agustin, among a few coaches with championships won in the collegiate, semi-pro and in the PBA, has been tapped as the interim bench chieftain at Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

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Agustin, the 1992 PBA MVP awardee, has assumed the position left vacant by Alfrancis Chua’s surprise resignation in the team’s first practice session last week.

Chua, however, has been prevailed upon to just take a leave. He’s reportedly set to become the new team manager of the Ginebra team.

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Agustin was chosen by the SMC bosses to be Ginebra’s interim coach over Art de la Cruz, George Gallent, Freddie Abuda and Boycie Zamar.

These coaches found themselves together at Ginebra after the coaching revamp the SMC management effected on its three ball clubs – Ginebra, Petron Blaze and San Mig Coffee – recently.

This was followed by a multi-trade deal sending Japeth Aguilar over to Ginebra from GlobalPort.

Chua reportedly stepped down because of disappointment on these management moves made without his knowledge.

Nonetheless, the Kings are left in the hands of an able basketball mind.

Agustin, then taking over from Siot Tanquingcen, engineered Petron Blaze’s epic seven-game conquest of Talk n Text in the 2011 Governors’ Cup Finals.

Before graduating to the pros, Agustin steered the San Sebastian Stags to title runs in the NCAA and in the PBL. (SB)

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