The Aerial Voyager is flying back to the Air21 Express.
Team official Lito Alvarez confirmed to InterAKTV that Jose Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses will be joining the Express coaching staff under Franz Pumaren.
Meneses, the PBA Most Valuable Player in 1995 and a member of the league’s 25 Greatest Players during its silver anniversary in 2000, spent parts of three seasons wearing an Air 21 uniform from 2002 to 2004.
“He will join us starting August 1,” Alvarez said in a text message.
Pumaren welcomed Meneses’ entry into the Air 21 bench.
“Walang problema kaibigan ko naman si Vergel,” said Pumaren.
The move comes as no surprise, given the number of linkages between Meneses and the Air 21 organization. The company sponsored JRU’s foray into the PBA D-League earlier this year, with Meneses continuing to coach the squad.
Meneses is also an understudy of Pumaren’s older brother Derrick, who currently serves as a consultant for the Heavy Bombers in the NCAA.