Joe Lipa will take on duties as the NCAA basketball commissioner for the second successive season after the Policy Board and Management Committee selected to retain the respected veteran coach.

The 68-year-old has assumed various roles with the NCAA over the past few years, but was only appointed to the revered position as commissioner for season 88, and will continue in this role after receiving the backing of the league.

"We're excited to have coach Joe Lipa again, a respected coach and basketball official in our country. We're looking forward to work with him again this season," said the league in a statement.

Lipa himself feels privileged to resume his position as league commissioner, and will continue promote traditional NCAA virtues of sportsmanship and fair play during his second term at the helm.

He has also stated his intention to use referees from BRASCU to officiate the games in season 89 of the NCAA.

"I'm very happy the NCAA gave me the trust and confidence to be the commissioner again," Lipa said. "I'm thankful and appreciative to the NCAA Policy Board and MANCOM, which I have to reciprocate by doing my best."

He added: "Our goal this season is to continue the NCAA tradition of fairness, empathy, and respect in the true spirit of sportsmanship and to continuously educate the players, as well as the coaches about the rules of the game of basketball."

Meanwhile, the host of this year's NCAA will be St. Benilde - the second time since 2006 they have been bestowed the honour.

St. Benilde will have their kick-off party this Saturday at the Augusto-Rosario Theater on their DLS-CSB Taft Campus.

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