Altamirano back on bench as coach in PBA D-League

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 06, 2017 04:20 PM
Altamirano back on bench as coach in PBA D-League
THE RETURN. Four months after leaving NU, Eric Altamirano will be coaching again.

There will be a new challenger in the PBA D-League.

Calling the shots for it, however, will be a man who has long known more than a thing or two about winning.

Multi-titled Eric Altamirano will be the head coach of newcomer Flying V Thunder for the 2017 Foundation Cup. “I’m excited to coach again in the D-League,” he expressed in the team’s press conference on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

He then continued, “I deem it an honor to be selected to be the first head coach of this first-time franchise.”

According to team manager Joey Guillermo, they had no doubt that the 50-year-old was the right choice for the rookie team. “We had other coaches in mind, but coach E has the best pedigree,” he said.

Joining Altamirano once more on the bench will be longtime lieutenants Anton Altamirano, Joey Guanio, and Vic Ycasiano. Paolo Rivero will come in as the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

As for players, however, the multi-titled mentor said they are yet to be determined. “We are in the process of putting a team together with tryouts here and there,” he said.

Altamirano’s new gig comes four months after his resignation from National University – an erstwhile UAAP cellar-dweller he turned into a championship team in 2014.

Flying V is set to make its debut when the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup tips-off in late May.

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