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
6 Personal life
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jorge was married to Marilyn with whom he had three children.
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