Jerry Codiñera

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Jerry Codiñera
No. 44
Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1966-11-14) November 14, 1966 (age 48)
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College University of the East
PBA draft 1988
Selected by the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs
Pro career 1988–2005
Career history
As player:
1988–1999 Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
1999–2002 Mobiline Phone Pals
2002–2005 FedEx Express
As coach:
2011 UE Red Warriors (UAAP)
2013–present Arellano Chiefs (NCAA)
Career highlights and awards
  • PBA All-Defensive Team (1989, 1991–1998)
  • PBA Mythical First Team (1993–1994, 1998)
  • PBA Mythical Second Team (1988-89, 1991-92, 1997)
  • PBA Sportsmanship Award (1994, 1996)
  • PBA All-Filipino Cup Best Player of the Conference (1994)
  • PBA Defensive Player of the Year (1994)
  • PBA Governor's Cup Best Player of the Conference (1998)
  • PBA 25 Greatest Players of All Time (2000)
  • PBL 20 Greatest Players of All-Time (2003)
  • PBA All-Star (1989–1999, 2004)
  • No. 44 retired by Purefoods

Jerry Herman Codiñera (born November 14, 1966) is a Filipino coach and retired professional basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association. He is nicknamed the "Defense Minister" for his prowess at the defensive end.[1] Currently, he serves as the head coach of Arellano Chiefs in the NCAA.

Collegiate career[edit]

Codiñera played college basketball at the University of the East. With Allan Caidic, they led the UE Red Warriors to a back to back championship in 1984-1985, the last championship of the Red Warriors in UAAP. Prior to joining the PBA in 1988, he played amateur basketball in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL, now the Philippine Basketball League).

Professional career[edit]

For 12 seasons suiting up for Purefoods, Codiñera was one half of the most dominant duo to ever terrorize the All-Filipino hardcourts. But a trade split up his partnership with Alvin Patrimonio and saw him wear a new jersey uniform for the first time since joining the PBA in 1988. On July 8, 1999, in the middle of the 1999 PBA Commissioner's Cup, he was traded to Mobiline for Andy Seigle.[2]

A perennial member of the All-Defensive Team, he was given the moniker "Defense Minister" for his tireless manning of the post. In fact, the 6-5 Codiñera was also a terror on the offensive end who was blessed with an unerring 18-foot jumpshot not normally found in big men. He came close to winning an MVP award in 1993 but lost to Patrimonio in the tightest race for the prestigious trophy in league history.

He is also a member of the 25 Best Players of all Time of PBA and Philippine men's national basketball team of the 1994 Asian Games.

His #44 jersey was retired along with Rey Evangelista's #7 by the Purefoods franchise on November 9, 2014 before their game against Ginebra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.[3]

Outside Basketball[edit]

Outside basketball, he has also dabbled into movies and television during the early '90s. His first movie, Last Two Minutes (1990) was a top-grosser at the box-office. The movie co-starred him with teammate Alvin Patrimonio and Bong Alvarez. The movie also spawned a sitcom of the same title aired over PTV 4 (now NBN 4) where they co-starred with PBA legend Yoyong Martirez. The basketball trio reunited on-screen in 1993 to do Tasya Fantasya opposite Kris Aquino.

Coaching career[edit]

He is a former head coach of the Teletech Titans in the Philippine Basketball League and one of the assistant coaches of the Air21 Express, one of his former teams.

Codiñera is also the first nominee of the Party-list ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA), the party-list founded by People's Champ Manny Pacquiao and Cavite Young Politician Dino Carlo Chua in the 2007 elections.

He also served as one the assistant coaches of the UP Fighting Maroons.

In January 2011, he was named head coach of the University of the East Red Warriors.[4] He was relieved of his coaching duties midway through the 2012 UAAP season after amassing a 1-6 win-loss record in the first round.[5] He was later reassigned as UE Sports Consultant.[6]

On December 13, 2013, he took over the coaching duties for the Arellano Chiefs, replacing Koy Banal.[7] In his first season with the Chiefs during the 2014 NCAA season, he helped the squad earn a remarkable 13-5 win-loss record as second place after the eliminations and secure a twice-to-beat advantage and ticket to the Finals against San Beda Red Lions.[8]

See also[edit]

Coaching record[edit]

Collegiate record[edit]

Season Team Eliminations Playoffs
W L PCT Finish PG W L PCT Results
2011 UE 3 11 .214 7th 0 0 0 .000 Did not qualify to the playoffs
2012 UE 1 6 .143 T-6th 0 0 0 .000 Appointed as UE Sports Consultant
2014 AU 13 5 .833 2nd 4 1 3 .250 Won over JRU in the Semi-finals, Lost to San Beda in the Finals
Totals 17 22 .436 4 1 3 .250 0 championship


  1. ^ (24 January 2011). To him, defense -- not offense -- is the key, People's Journal (newspaper)
  2. ^ Ramos, Lily. "Seigle goes to Purefoods in exchange for Codinera". (c) 1999 Philippines News Agency. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Beltran, Nelson. "Mixers to retire Codiñera jersey". Philippine Star. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  4. ^ (26 January 2011). UE welcomes Jerry as new coach, Malaya Business Insight
  5. ^ Joble, Rey. "Jerry Codiñera out as coach of UE". InterAKTV. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  6. ^ East, University. "UE statement re: new role of Jerry Codinera". Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Lopez, Joshua. "PBA legend Jerry Codiñera takes over Arellano University basketball program". Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Sacamos, Karlo. "After forgettable stint as UE coach, Jerry Codiñera finds redemption with surprising Chiefs". Retrieved 16 October 2014. 

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Preceded by
PBA Best Player of the Conference Award - All-Filipino Cup
Succeeded by
Vergel Meneses
Preceded by
Alvin Patrimonio
PBA Best Player of the Conference Award - Governor's Cup
Succeeded by
Danny Seigle
Preceded by
Lawrence Chongson
UE Red Warriors men's basketball head coach
2011-2012 (midseason)
Succeeded by
Boysie Zamar
Preceded by
Koy Banal
Arellano Chiefs men's basketball head coach
Succeeded by