April 14, 2024

PBA: Chito Victolero will be ‘long-term coach’ for Magnolia, says team official

PBA: Chito Victolero will be ‘long-term coach’ for Magnolia, says team official
Magnolia coach Chito Victolero stays put, according to team manager Alvin Patrimonio. Photo (c) Sherwin Vardeleon

As far as Magnolia team manager Alvin Patrimonio is concerned, there will be no changes for the Hotshots for the upcoming PBA Philippine Cup.

That includes the coaching staff.

After some fans expressed disappointment over chief tactician Chito Victolero's showing in Magnolia's recent loss to eventual champion San Miguel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, Patrimonio on Thursday said Victolero is here for the long haul.

“He’ll be a long-term coach with the team,” said the soft-spoken Patrimonio.

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Since joining the Purefoods franchise in 2016, Victolero has steered Magnolia to the 2018 Governors’ Cup championship. The squad made it to the finals twice after that, including the recent one against the Beermen.

Though not as stacked as San Miguel, the Hotshots pushed the Beermen to their limits in their recent titular showdown. They even won back-to-back games to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

 For Patrimonio, these make Victolero still the right man for the job.

“So far, OK naman ang results ng performance niya as the head coach," the four-time PBA MVP said.

“Together with the assistant coaches, talagang tulung-tulong sila. They love the team, the players. Buong puso 'yan for Magnolia.” 

(With reports from Mei-Lin Lozada)