Jerry Codinera steps down as Arellano head coach

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 20, 2018 10:02 AM
Jerry Codinera steps down as Arellano head coach
Head coach Jerry Codinera will no longer be guiding Arellano as it fights for its playoff life in the ongoing NCAA Season 94

The Jerry Codinera era in Arellano University has come to a close.

The Chiefs will no longer be under the guidance of the Philippine basketball legend, sources bared on Thursday.

This ends a five-year run which led to a 52-31 record and two runner-up finishes – without a doubt, the Legarda-based school’s best seasons since joining the first and oldest collegiate league in 2009.

More than the wins, Codinera recruited and then mentored talents such as Prince Caperal, Nard Pinto, Dioncee Holts, Kent Salado, and of course, the cream of the crop, Jiovani Jalalon.

Those players were the catalysts in the upstarts’ quick rise from newcomers to contenders.

The magic has seemingly worn off in the last two years, however.

After falling to dynastic San Beda University in 2016, Arellano failed to make the playoffs in 2017.

In the ongoing Season 94, they stand at the sixth spot with a 4-7 slate.

That led team management to begin looking for answers which ultimately had Codinera resigning.

As per the same sources, Junjie Ablan will be making a return and taking the reins for the Chiefs.

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