Jong Uichico

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Jong Uichico
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Personal information
Born (1962-07-15) July 15, 1962 (age 54)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Career information
College De La Salle University
Position Head coach
Career history
As coach:
1993–1998 San Miguel Beermen (assistant)
1999–2006 San Miguel Beermen
2006–2012 Barangay Ginebra Kings
2012–2014 Meralco Bolts (team consultant)
2014–2015 TNT KaTropa (assistant)
2015–2016 TNT KaTropa
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Enrique Uichico (born July 15, 1962), better known as Jong Uichico, is a Filipino professional basketball head coach, last coached for the TNT Katropa in the Philippine Basketball Association.[1] Uichico is a former Philippine national team Youth member and a former player and head coach of the La Salle Green Archers in the UAAP before replacing Ron Jacobs as SMB coach in 1999. Uichico was coach of the San Miguel Beermen from 1999–2006, leading the Beermen to six PBA championships.

Basketball career[edit]

Uichico played for the La Salle Green Archers in the collegiate ranks. He was a member of the 1982 RP Youth Team that won the ABC Under-18 Championship. After a stint with the famed Northern Consolidated Cement squad of Ron Jacobs, Uichico ended his basketball career early.

Coaching career[edit]

In the mid-1990s, Uichico had a coaching stint with the Green Archers and guided them to two runner-up trophies. He also joined the Magnolia Beverage Masters coaching staff during Norman Black and Jacobs tenure. In 1999, Uichico became the new head coach of the Beermen after Jacobs' departure.

After an early elimination in the All-Filipino Cup, he coached the Beermen to the Commissioner and Governors Cup titles during the 1999 campaign, ending San Miguel's five-year title drought. He is also the first rookie coach to lead his team to back-to-back titles in the same year, a feat duplicated by Siot Tanquingcen in 2005.

In 2000, Uichico once again guided San Miguel to two more titles and laid claim to his first and only Coach of the Year plum. His first All-Filipino Cup title with the Beermen came in 2001, defeating sister team Barangay Ginebra Kings.

Ron Jacobs appointed Uichico as one of his assistants for the RP team's 2002 Asian Games campaign. However, after Jacobs suffered a stroke, Uichico was named as the new head coach of the national squad. Uichico guided the Philippines to a fourth-place finish in the event. Their semifinal loss against eventual tournament winner South Korea was a crushing blow for Uichico's squad losing by one point on a Lee Sang Min triple in the final seconds. Despite the loss, the team still brought home what is known to Filipino basketball fans as "The Silent Gold."

He returned as San Miguel's head coach after the Asian Games campaign, but went on a four-year title drought before winning his sixth PBA title in six years in the 2005 Fiesta Conference. The Beermen defeated the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 4-1.

Barangay Ginebra[edit]

On August 3, 2006, Chot Reyes was named as the new head coach of the San Miguel Beermen replacing Uichico. and the, San Miguel Corporation moved Uichico to San Miguel's sister team the Barangay Ginebra Kings replacing Siot Tanquingcen, who was demoted as one of Uichico's assistants. On his first Ginebra coaching stint, he was able to win a championship in the 2006–07 PBA Philippine Cup that season. A year later, he won his 2nd championship with the Gin Kings in the 2008 PBA Fiesta Conference and his 8th overall title.

In 2012, he left Ginebra to coach the Smart Gilas National Team.[2]

Talk 'N Text[edit]

On July 9, 2014, The MVP group shuffled the coaches of Meralco Bolts, NLEX Road Warriors and Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters and as a result Norman Black would be the head coach of Meralco Bolts and Uichico would replace him as the new head coach of Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters.[3][4]

On April 29, 2015, Uichico got his ninth championship with the Tropang Texters after defeating the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in seven games.[5][6]

List of PBA championships[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gin Kings seek 2-2 tie vs Beermen". Musong Castillo, Inquirer.net. January 13, 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Jong Uichico leaves Barangay Ginebra, national team stint next?". GMANetwork.com. January 12, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Source: MVP group to shuffle coaches of Meralco, Talk 'N Text, and NLEX". Spin.ph. July 8, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Manny Pangilinan's PBA teams to shuffle coaches after lackluster season". Musong Castillo, Inquirer.net. July 8, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Uichico overcomes 'rust' and 'jitters' for 9th PBA title". Bong Lozada, Inquirer.net. April 30, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Danny Seigle, Jong Uichico come 'full circle' after winning title with Talk 'N Text". Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com. April 29, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Pilo Pumaren
Siot Tanquingcen
San Miguel Beermen head coach
1999-2002
2003-2006
Succeeded by
Siot Tanquingcen
Chot Reyes
Preceded by
Tim Cone
Philippine national basketball team Asian Games Head Coach
2002
Succeeded by
Rajko Toroman (2010)
Preceded by
Siot Tanquingcen
Barangay Ginebra Kings Head Coach
2006-2012
Succeeded by
Siot Tanquingcen
Preceded by
Norman Black
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters Head Coach
2014-2016
Succeeded by
Nash Racela