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NLEX appoints Villavicencio as new team manager, formally signs Uichico as head coach

NLEX has tapped Virgil Villavicencio as its new team manager.

The signing ceremony took place at the NLEX office in Balintawak on Saturday morning, attended by NLEX President Jose Luigi L. Bautista and team governor Ronald Dulatre.

Villavicencio, a former PBA champion coach and a long-time team executive, brings a wealth of experience to the team.

He was the long-time team manager of the TNT Tropang Giga from the 2000s to the mid-2010s and is currently part of the communications team of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas  (SBP).

NLEX President and GM J Luigi Bautista warmly welcomed Villavicencio to the team, saying, “Coach Virgil’s acumen both in running a team, his good relationship with the media will benefit our team moving forward. His management experience and valuable insights will further strengthen the way we run the team.”

Team governor Ronald Dulatre also expressed his confidence in Villavicencio’s contributions to the Road Warriors.

“His wealth of experience both on and off the court will be of great help to the NLEX Road Warriors. We are also thankful to former team manager Larry Fonacier for his services to the team,” Dulatre remarked.

Fonacier has been moved to the SBP as team manager of Gilas Pilipinas Women.

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Also formally signed by the Road Warriors was head coach Jong Uichico.

Uichico, a revered figure in the PBA with nine championship titles under his belt, takes over the reign from Frankie Lim, who has served as NLEX head coach for two years.

“We are confident that Coach Jong’s and Coach Virgil’s leadership will bring a new level of professionalism and success to the NLEX Road Warriors,” Bautista added.

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Coach Jong, who used to be the lead deputy of Lim last season, expressed his vision for the team’s future.

“I plan to build on what Coach Frankie has instilled as a foundation,” Uichico stated.

“Then we will go from there.”

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