Coach Vergel's nine-year tenure in JRU comes to a close

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 22, 2019 12:08 PM
Coach Vergel's nine-year tenure in JRU comes to a close
Vergel Meneses believes he has done more than enough to give back to his alma mater JRU

The NCAA’s longest-tenured head coach will be moving on.

For the first time in nine years, Vergel Menses will no longer be on the sidelines for Jose Rizal University. “I’m moving on to a new arena. I want to serve my hometown this time,” he revealed on Tuesday.

After deciding to focus on his campaign for election as mayor of Bulakan municipality in Bulacan province, coach Vergel let go of his duties as mentor of the Heavy Bombers. “I believe I have served my alma mater for the past nine years and it’s high time to go back to my roots,” he said.

According to sources, he had been having discussions about his exit as early as December of last year.

Now, it’s final that the 50-year-old will be moving on from his alma mater where he has served the last nine years as head coach. He leaves with an overall 84-76 win-loss record and five Final Four berths under his belt.

Coach Vergel had just experienced his worst campaign last season, but nonetheless had a hand in kickstarting JRU’s rebuild as they have secured the services of Juniors standouts John Amores and John Delos Santos.

At present, assistant coach Vic Lazaro has been overseeing practices of the Heavy Bombers.

It is still unclear if the school has already begun with a coaching search.

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