Nic Jorge is confirmed dead at the age of 78.
Nic was best known as a Filipino basketball coach (national team) and secretary general of the Basketball Association of the Philippines.
Nic Jorge
Personal information
Born(1942-11-27)November 27, 1942
Mandaluyong, Rizal, Philippine Commonwealth
Career information
CollegeUniversity of the Philippines
Career history
As coach:
1960sUP Fighting Maroons
1981–1982CDCP Road Builders
1983Manhattan Shirtmakers
1997–1999UP Fighting Maroons
Nicanor "Nic" Fortich Jorge, Jr. was a Filipino basketball coach who has mentored the Philippines and Singapore men's national team. He is also the founder of the Best Center, a sports training institution which has produced several national team and professional players.
1 Early life and education
2 Coaching career
2.1 International career
3 Sports administration
4 Best Center
5 Death
6 Personal life
7 References
Early life and education
Nicanor Fortich Jorge, Jr. was born on November 27, 1942 in Mandaluyong. He studied at the University of the Philippines where he took a BSE degree in physical education. He also played for the UP Fighting Maroons, with his performance helping him secure a tenure as coach of the collegiate team.
Coaching career
Jorge started his coaching career in the 1960s when he became head coach of the UP Fighting Maroons basketball team at age 21. In 1994, Jorge led the Maroons to a third place finish.
Jorge has also served as a head coach for several Philippine Basketball Association teams. In the 1980 season, he coached the Galleon Shippers (which renamed itself as the CDCP Road Builders) until its disbandment before the 1982 season. For the 1983 season, Jorge coached the Manhattan Shirtmakers in the All-Filipino Conference.
He returned coaching the UP Fighting Maroons succeeding, Eric Altamirano and coached the team from 1997 to 1999. In 1997 he led the collegiate team to a Final Four finish.
International career
Jorge coached the national team which played at the 1978 FIBA World Championshipand the 1978 Asian Games. Jorge also lead the Singapore national team at the 1983 Southeast Asian Games.
Sports administration
Jorge was Secretary General of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) in the 1980s, which was the governing body for basketball in the Philippines until its replacement by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). He was also played a role in the SBP's grassroots program.
Best Center
Nic Jorge is credited for founding the Best Center, a sports training center in 1978. The center has produced several national team and professional basketball players including , Jerry Codiñera, Jun Limpot, Benjie Paras, Kiefer Ravena, and Chris Tiu.
Jorge died in his sleep on June 13, 2020.
Personal life
Jorge was married to Marilyn with whom he had three children.
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