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CLOSE UP: UE Head Coach Jerry Codiñera
Rappler puts the spotlight on PBA legend and University of the East head coach Jerry Codiñera.

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Basketball Association legend dubbed the Defense Minister, Jerry Codiñera still commits his days to the sport that he is most remembered for — basketball.

This time around however, he is no longer a player but the University of the East’s men’s basketball team head coach.

Unknown to many, Codiñera’s first sport was baseball but when the program for that sport in their high school was scrapped, he turned his attention to basketball. After leaving his mark in the PBA, the 6’4″ standout now devotes his time to honing the skills of his UAAP team.

Codiñera is distinguished as one of the PBA’s 25 Best Players of all time and is known most for his play in the defensive end. He holds the locals’ single game record for blocked shots at 11 and was named to the PBA’s All-Defensive team nine times in his 17-year career. –

Editor’s Note: Rappler’s exclusive interview with Jerry Codiñera about his basketball journey was first published on April 18, 2012. 

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