JUST a day after making shockwaves by trading its franchise player James Yap, Star continued to make headlines by following it up with a coaching change.
The Hotshots interestingly tapped former Mahindra deputy coach Chito Victolero as the team’s new head coach, succeeding the highly criticized Jason Webb.
The development was confirmed Friday and Victolero was already introduced to Star as its new head coach in practice.
Following an excruciating season where it didn’t make the playoffs in two of the three conferences, Star was bound for drastic changes and these past two days, the dealing already begun.
Less than 24 hours after shockingly shipping Yap, the face of the franchise, to Rain or Shine for Paul Lee, the Hotshots replaced Webb, who wasn’t able to keep the team as a contender in his lone season as coach after replacing the legendary Tim Cone.
Victolero is an upstart looking to continue carving a name for himself as a coach in the league.
A former Mapua coach in the amateur ranks, Victolero had mild success when he served as the deputy coach for Mahindra in its debut season last year, steering the team to multiple monumental wins against powerhouses in the second and third conferences, before being replaced by Chris Gavina for the post this year.
Now, he has the chance to continue what he started as a PBA coach, this time in a more high-profile post as Star’s head tactician.