Chot Reyes is back as the head coach of TNT.
Team governor Ricky Vargas made the announcement on Saturday regarding the return of the 57-year old Reyes who handled the flagship team of the MVP group in the PBA from 2008 to 2012 and won 4 championships including a near-Grand Slam in 2011.
“It’s like a homecoming for Chot. He is a coach that gave us four championships. We look forward to a successful relationship with coach Chot,” said Vargas in a statement.
“We would like to thank TNT Tropang Giga active consultant Mark Dickel for all that he has done for the team. He brought us to the PBA Finals twice in the two years that he was onboard. We wish him well as he moves on to new endeavors,” added the concurrent PBA chairman.
Vargas disclosed that Reyes wanted Dickel to stay on with the same role but the latter decided to look for new opportunities and recuperate from his recent operation in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Reyes, who started coaching in the league in 1993, admitted that he was humbled by team management’s decision to bring him back and is looking forward to calling the shots once more for the Tropang Giga.
“Throughout my career, I have always tried to live according to my passion and purpose. My passion has always been coaching and building teams, whether in sports or business. And my purpose is to further the advancement of Filipino coaches, so we can, in turn, help develop the next generation of Filipino leaders,” said Reyes.
“Coaching again in the PBA provides me an excellent platform to advance this advocacy. I have spent the best years of my career as a ka-Tropa, and I look forward to this new challenge,” he added.
Bong Ravena will return to being one of Reyes’ deputies along with Sandy Arespacochaga, Roel Escueta, Alton Lister, and Josh Reyes.