Thursday, 29 March 2012 37 Comments
Inboundpass has learned that San Beda College plans to tap former Red Cub and member of the elite PBA’s 25 greatest players, Ronnie Magsanoc to take over the Red Lions bench starting this season.
The move comes on the heels of a drawn-out leaving by Lim, who last Tuesday, told his Red Lions players during practice of his likely exit.
But despite the, as-of-writing, uncompleted formal exit of Lim, San Beda is already looking ahead to the summer preseason tournaments with Magsanoc hopefully keeping the squad’s winning tradition alive.
After his stint with the Red Cubs, Magsanoc went on to play for UAAP Season 49 Champions, University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons. Known in the PBA as the Point Laureate, he was one of the league’s most decorated players currently serving as lead assistant for the Meralco Bolts.
Lim’s imminent departure is seen as fallout for his involvement in a December brawl between him and San Sebastian volleyball coach Roger Gorayeb. Lim, and Gorayeb, was slapped with a two-year ban, along with suspensions also being brought down on multiple Red Lion players. San Beda submitted their appeal of the sanctions to the NCAA yesterday, but it is unlikely that Lim’s punishments will be lightened.
In his tenure as Red Lions head coach, Lim amassed two NCAA Back to Back titles, four Championships, one perfect 18-0 season, and helped complete a three-peat.
San Beda plays De La Salle in the opening day of the FilOil Flying V Preseason Tournament on April 14. In NCAA Season 88, will be gunning for a third-straight title and their second three-peat.
Also rumored to have been considered for the position were San Beda alumnus, current assistant coach to the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the Talk ‘N Text PBA team. Jamike Jarin and former UE Red Warriors and De La Salle Green Archers Head Coach, Dindo Pumaren. But when asked by Inboundpass about the rumor, Jarin said, “No one has ever talked to me about the position.”
Ronnie’s elder brother, Ernie, previously held the position as Head Coach of the Red Lions in Season 76 led by Powerade big man, Ricky Calimag.