Vanguardia steps down as Phoenix coach, Louie Alas set to take over

Paul Lintag on Oct 27, 2017 07:25 AM
Vanguardia steps down as Phoenix coach
In a report, the Fuel Masters are heading to the PBA's 43rd season with Louie Alas as their new head coach, replacing Ariel Vanguardia.

Phoenix is moving on from Ariel Vanguardia.

In a report, the Fuel Masters are heading to the PBA's 43rd season with Louie Alas as their new head coach.

The development was made official Thursday, a couple of days before the new season kicks off with the 2017 PBA Draft.

"After evaluating the performance of the team this past season, [head coach] Ariel Vanguardia and [assistant coach] Justino Pinat have earlier stepped down from their coaching positions with the best interest of the team in mind,” the team said per Randolph Leongson of Inquirer.net.

Vanguardia led the Fuel Masters to three straight quarterfinal appearances starting from the 2016 Governors' Cup.

However, Phoenix failed to make any noise in the 2017 Governors' Cup, winning its first two games before losing its final nine outings.

Alas, together with Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson, will take over the Fuel masters.

Both Alas and Robinson were part of the Alaska coaching staff this past season.

 

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