It’s been a long time coming, but Jong Uichico is once again the coach of a future championship team, Bataan Risers.
A nine-time PBA champion coach and one of the few coaches to win championships on three different teams, Uichico succeeds Jojo Lastimosa. The Risers took the top seed in the recent Datu Cup before losing to the Manila Stars in the semifinal round of the northern division.
Three former PBA coaches have taken their act to the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). They are multi-titled coach Jong Uichico, Bong Ramos and Chris Gavina who will be calling shots for the Bataan Risers, Pampanga Lanterns, and Bacoor Strikers respectively.
“I think the MPBL is good for me. Sometimes you just have to get out of your comfort zone and take on a new challenge. The level of competition in the MPBL is different, but I know I’m going to learn from this league,” said Uichico.
Jong Uichico’s long road back to PBA glory is now complete. He has proven that he truly is one of the best coaches in the league who maximizes his players’ capabilities and makes gutsy decisions when needed.