Jerry Codiñera (born November 14, 1966) is a retired professional basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association. He is nicknamed the "Defense Minister" for his prowess at the defensive end. He is also a member of the 25 Best Players of all Time of PBA and Philippine men's national basketball team of the 1994 Asian Games. He played college basketball at the University of the East. With Allan Caidic, they led the UE Red Warriors to a back to back championship in 1984-1985, the last championship of the Red Warriors in UAAP. Prior to joining the PBA in 1988, he played amateur basketball in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL, now the Philippine Basketball League).
For 12 seasons, he was one half of the most dominant duo to ever
terrorize the All-Filipino hardcourts. But a trade split up his
partnership with Alvin Patrimonio
and saw him wear a new jersey uniform for the first time since joining
the PBA with Purefoods in 1988. During the Commissioner's Cup, Jerry
Codiñera was traded to Mobiline for Andy Seigle. He succeeded Philip Cezar as Tapal King and owns the single game record for blocks at 11.
A perennial member of the All-Defensive Team, this University of the East
product was given the moniker "Defense Minister" for his tireless
manning of the post. In fact, the 6-5 Codiñera was also a terror on the
offensive end who was blessed with an unerring 18-foot jumpshot not
normally found in big men. He came close to winning an MVP award in 1993
but lost to Patrimonio in the tightest race for the prestigious trophy
in league history.
Outside basketball, he has also dabbled into movies and television
during the early '90s. His first movie, Last Two Minutes (1990) was a
top-grosser at the box-office. The movie co-starred him with teammate Alvin Patrimonio
and Bong Alvarez. The movie also spawned a sitcom of the same title
aired over PTV 4 (now NBN 4) where they co-starred with PBA legend
Yoyong Martirez. The basketball trio reunited on-screen in 1993 to do
Tasya Fantasya opposite Kris Aquino.
He is a former head coach of the Teletech Titans in the Philippine Basketball League and one of the assistant coaches of the Air21 Express, one of his former teams.
Codiñera is also the first nominee of the Party-list ng Bayaning
Atleta (PBA), the party-list founded by People's Champ Manny Pacquiao
and Cavite Young Politician Dino Carlo Chua in the 2007 elections.
He also served as one the assistant coaches of the UP Fighting Maroons.
In January 2011, he was named head coach of the University of the East Red Warriors.