[Blueboard] New Ateneo Seniors Men's Basketball Coach

Sonia R. Araneta masonar at pusit.admu.edu.ph
Sat Dec 15 10:31:30 PHT 2001

To   : The Ateneo Community

>From :           The University Athletics Council

Date    :            14 December 2001

The Ateneo de Manila University Athletics Council, which is composed of
representatives from all sectors of the Ateneo community, selected Joel
R. Banal to be the next head coach of the Ateneo Men’s Basketball Team
at a meeting held this morning at the Ateneo Professional Schools,

The decision was reached following a process that began with the
formation of a Search Committee in early November of this year. Fifteen
nominees were initially considered by the Committee. A short list of
five names was eventually reduced to three, nemely, Sandy Arespacochaga,
Joel Banal and Jun Reyes.

The University Athletics Council, chaired by Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres,
President, met this morning and was first presented with a report by the
Chair of the Search Committee. Each of the three final nominees was then
asked to discuss his basketball philosophy and recruitment strategies
and to reply to questions.

The Council then voted and Joel Banal was chosen in the vote. Joel was
former Head Coach of the Pasig Pirates of the MBA and the Assistant
Coach of Alaska in the PBA. He also played in all levels of competition:
collegiate, amateur, international and professional.

On behalf of the Ateneo de Manila community, the University Athletics
Council would like to express its appreciation and thanks to the
nominees for their interest and to the Search Committee for their time
and generosity.

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