SMB gets new coach-A A +A
Monday, February 17, 2014
MANILA -- It’s now confirmed. Melchor “Biboy” Ravanes will be the new interim head coach when the San Miguel Beermen start their campaign in the 39th PBA Commissioner’s Cup set to unfold on March 7.
San Miguel, one of the PBA’s most popular teams, played as Petron Blaze in the previous conference.
The Naga, Cebu-born Ravanes will replace Gee Abanilla, who was elevated to the post of team manager. Todd Purves, a former coach of the Indonesian Warriors in the Asean Basketball League, will also assume an active role with the San Miguel Beer team, which is reverting to its old name in honor of its Grand slam success in 1989.
His appointment by the San Miguel Corporation management headed by Ramon Ang was only finalized Monday afternoon. The SMB squad is the flagship of the SMC franchises that also include Ginebra San Miguel Kings and San Mig Coffee.
Ravanes started his career as a basketball player in the professional league in 1979 with the Royal True Orange team and also had stints with Shell and Alaska.
Ravanes, a former member of the Cebu Central Colleges Executives (now the University of Cebu Webmasters) played in the PBA from 1979 to 1994 and was a member of the San Miguel Beermen team that won the 1994 All-Filipino title. He played a total of 745 games.
Ravanes flirted with the coaching job when he was named interim coach for San Miguel in 2007 in the absence of Chot Reyes, who then coached Team Pilipinas in the 2008 Olympics Qualifying tournament in Tokushima, Japan.
Ravanes has been around the PBA as an assistant coach for quite time now and has been with the SMB bench since early 2000s.
But after a slow start in the 2007 Fiesta Conference, the defensive specialist Ravanes was replaced by former Ginebra mentor Siot Tanquingcen.
He is now tasked to lift the Beermen to the top after a 4-1 loss to Rain or Shine in the semifinal round of the Philippine Cup.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 18, 2014.