Letran names Bonnie Tan as new coach; Meneses steps down from JRU


Posted at Jan 22 2019 01:12 PM

Bonnie Tan (fourth from left) takes over for Jeff Napa (fifth from left) in Letran. Photo courtesy of NorthPort

MANILA, Philippines – NCAA teams continue to make coaching changes.

ABS-CBN Sports reported that Colegio de San Juan de Letran will name Bonnie Tan as the new head coach of the Knights, after deciding not to renew the contract of Jeff Napa.

Tan had served as Letran's team manager last year. He apparently tried to recruit Napa as a consultant, but was turned down due to Napa's differences with the school administration.

Tan, who coached Lyceum of the Philippines University from 2003 to 2014, takes over a promising Letran team that features Rookie of the Year Larry Muyang, as well as Jeo Ambohot, Christian Fajarito, and Bonbon Batiller. The Knights made the Final 4 last year, losing to Lyceum.

Meanwhile, Vergel Meneses confirmed to ABS-CBN Sports that he will be stepping down from his post as head coach of Jose Rizal University (JRU).

Meneses has coached the Heavy Bombers for the past nine years, but plans to focus on his political career now. 

The Heavy Bombers made the Final 4 five times during Meneses' tenure, but are coming off a brutal campaign where they won just 3 games.

This story originally appeared on the ABS-CBN Sports website.