Thursday, December 24, 2015

Basketball coach Ron Jacobs passes away at 72

MANILA -- Former men's national basketball team and San Miguel Beer coach Ron Jacobs passed away December 24 at 8:30 p.m. He was 72.

The news was announced by sports columnist and Jacobs' close friend Quinito Henson via his Twitter account.

Jacobs helped the Philippines in establishing its name in different courts outside the country when he became the national team coach from 1982 to 1986.

Jacobs revolutionized the country's basketball culture in the 1980s, helping Filipino teams win titles from prestigious international championships, such as Jones Cup, Asian Youth, PBA Third Conference, and the Asian Basketball Confederation (now FIBA-Asia).

In 2002, Jacobs suffered a massive stroke and has been bedridden since.

Meanwhile, after learning about the news, basketball players, athletes, and sports enthusiasts took to Twitter to share their messages of condolences.