Joel Banal

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Joel Banal
Personal information
Born (1958-02-06) February 6, 1958 (age 60)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Career information
College Mapua Institute of Technology
Playing career 1982–1985
Coaching career 1987–2012
Career history
As player:
1982–1985 Great Taste Coffee Makers
As coach:
1987–1997 Mapua Cardinals (NCAA)
2002–2003 Ateneo Blue Eagles (UAAP)
2003–2005 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals
2011–2012 Alaska Aces
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As head coach:

Joel Banal (born February 6, 1958) is a retired Filipino professional basketball player, and former head coach in the Philippine Basketball Association. At present, he is the commissioner of the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL).[2]


Playing career[edit]

Banal played college ball for the Mapúa Institute of Technology, before venturing into professional basketball with the Great Taste Coffee Makers in the PBA from 1982–1985 where he got an injury. After his semi-retirement from the PBA, he worked as a circulation director of The Philippine Star[3]

Coaching career[edit]

His first coaching stint was for RC Cola team played in the Philippine Basketball League.[4]

He was previously the head coach of the collegiate teams Mapua Cardinals in the NCAA, Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP (won the 2002 UAAP title), the Casino Rubbing Alcohol and Hapee Nenaco in the PBL, and the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals in the PBA, where he won championships in all of the four leagues.[5] He is also the assistant coach of the Pasig Pirates in the Metropolitan Basketball Association.[3]

In 2011, he replaced longtime head coach Tim Cone as coach of the Alaska Aces after serving as Cone's longtime deputy.[6] He stepped down from the position in 2012.[7]

Shortly after his resignation, Banal focused on his family-owned school business, Domuschola International School where he was the president until 2015.[7]

PCBL commissioner[edit]

In 2016, Banal returned to basketball after he appointed as the league commissioner of Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League starting this 2016 Chairman's Cup. He will take over the position from Ato Badolato.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Banal is the elder brother of current Phoenix Fuel Masters head coach Koy Banal.[8] His younger brother, Conrad served as the business writer for newspapers Philippine Daily Inquirer and The Philippine Star and once a player for the Ateneo men's basketball team.[3]


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  2. ^ Joble, Rey (February 28, 2016). "Banal as PCBL commissioner". BusinessWorld. Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Joel Banal: He got game". The Philippine Star. June 8, 2002. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ Estabillo, Matthew (July 27, 2003). "COACH JOEL BANAL: coachingbyfaith". The Philippine Star. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ Joble, Rey. "Joel Banal in contact with Tim Cone, willing to join San Mig Coffee as assistant coach". Sports5. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Tordecilla, Jaemark. "Tim Cone, Alaska part ways". Sports5. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Ramos, Gerry (March 4, 2016). "Joel Banal returns to basketball as PCBL commissioner, leaves door open for coaching comeback". Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Banal cousins hope to live up to family legacy with PBA Draft dreams". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. 
Preceded by
Valerio Lopez
Mapua Cardinals men's basketball head coach
Succeeded by
Bong Ramos
Preceded by
Joe Lipa
Ateneo Blue Eagles men's basketball head coach
Succeeded by
Sandy Arespacochaga
Preceded by
Paul Woolpert
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals head coach
Succeeded by
Derrick Pumaren
Preceded by
Tim Cone
Alaska Aces Head Coach
Succeeded by
Luigi Trillo
Preceded by
Ato Batolato
Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League commissioner
Succeeded by