Wednesday, 14 January 2009 130 Comments
THE UNIVERSITY of the East has formally announced the appointment of Lawrence Chongson as the head coach of its menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s basketball team for UAAP Season 72.
A De La Salle alumnus just like his predecessor, Dindo Pumaren, Chongson takes over a program that last won a UAAP title in 1985, when the Red Warriors defeated University of Santo Tomas to clinch its 18th league championship.
ChongsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appointment, however, is not without controversy. Reliable sources affiliated with UE told inboundpass.com that ex-UE stalwart Jerry CodiÃƒÂ±era, a vital cog on the WarriorsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ last title team along with Allan Caidic, among others, was the original choice by way of a verbal agreement as early as December, 2008.
In a written correspondence with inboundpass.com, one of the sources said that ChongsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hiring resulted in the resignation of a key member of the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s management. The said member, according to the insider, personally Ã¢â‚¬Å“chose Jerry CodiÃƒÂ±eraÃ¢â‚¬Â to take the coaching helm.
This is ChongsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first collegiate head coaching stint. He succeeds Pumaren, who sported a 49-27 win-loss record in five years as mentor of the Recto outfit.
Chongson is currently the head coach of the Bacchus Energy Drink Raiders of the Philippine Basketball League Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a team that sports seven cagers whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve played at least one season for UE. The squad is owned by Bong Tan, son of UE owner Lucio. Incidentally, the younger Tan is also the team manager of the Red Warriors.