Alapag remains Alab coach amid departure

With the recent announcement of San Miguel Alab Pilipinas Head Coach Jimmy Alapag departure to Los Angeles, the team has not yet announced a new mentor to man the bench.

/ 18 September 2020

Alapag left the country for good last Tuesday together with his wife and three children,

According to team owner Charlie Dy, Alapag still remains as the coach of the team, “Right now, it’s still Jimmy until we’re sure he can’t coach Alab anymore”.

The 42-year-old coach has been maneuvering the team since 2017 thus, leaving a hole on the team due to his absence. 

One of his remarkable stint in his coaching career was when Alab Pilipinas snatched the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) crown against Thailand Mono Vampires.

Mac Cuan and Eric Menk were among the potential replacements once the head coach position will be vacated.

In 2016, Cuan was the initial team head coach when it joined the league. On the other hand, Menk has been the assistant coach of the team since 2018.

Before the league was suspended by the ABL board last March due to the pandemic, Alab is running second in the rankings with 10 wins and six losses during its 10th season.

Rumors escalated about the league’s closure, however, the board released a statement and clarified that there are plans for the next season in 2021.

“We will now turn our efforts into planning for the next ASEAN Basketball League season in 2021 and hope to make announcements on the 11th ABL Season after completing consultations among the teams. We are determined to find a way forward and return to the courts bigger and better alongside all our teams, commercial partners and fans,” the statement read.