Will Louie Gonzalez be able to prove himself as head coach with DLSU?
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 02, 2018 05:46 PM
Louie Gonzales (right) will be taking over the post his longtime fried Aldin Ayo (left) had just left behind
De La Salle University did not waste time in moving forward from champion coach Aldin Ayo.
The Green Archers will now have longtime assistant Louie Gonzalez calling the shots.
According to fan account Archers’ Clubhouse, he was appointed as head coach of the Taft-based team right before the year 2017 ended.
Several sources within the team confirmed the development.
The post went on to say that team patron Danding Cojuangco himself appointed Gonzalez.
He takes over for Ayo who has transferred from DLSU to University of Sto. Tomas.
This brings to an end a longtime partnership between the two starting from Kia in the PBA to Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the NCAA and then onto the Green Archers.
Twice in that longtime partnership, Ayo was suspended for one game and Gonzalez was thrust into the role of acting coach – giving us a little taste of his capabilities as shot-caller.
Mentoring the Knights in 2015, he lost to Emilio Aguinaldo College, 83-69. That was their first loss in the season following a 7-0 start.
Mentoring DLSU in 2016, he won against archrival Ateneo de Manila University, 97-81. That completed a sweep of the first round.
For that small sample size, without a doubt, Gonzalez’ appointment didn’t set the world on fire
Still, he brings with him years and years of experience that could prove valuable for a Taft-based team looking for much-needed stability with all that has happened recently.
As per Reuben Terrado of spin.ph, Gonzalez started his coaching career under the tutelage of then Letran mentor Binky Favis in the ‘90s.
From there, he had an assistant coaching stint in Far Eastern University from 2007 to 2010. He was then part of the Globalport bench from 2012 to 2014 and then the Kia staff from 2014 to 2015.
It was in 2015 that he, serving as first lietenant, and Ayo led the Knights to a magical championship.
A year later, the two guided the Green Archers a dominant title.
Also, having had years and years of experience, former colleagues had nothing but good words for Gonzalez.
One such former colleague is now FEU athletic director Mark Molina who had this to say:
Congrats to former FEU assistant Louie Gonzales. Louie was a vital part of Glenn Capacio's staff with the Tamaraws then. I'm sure my good friend Tanny Gonzales is smiling in heaven.— Mark Molina (@marqmolina) Enero 1, 2018
However, Gonzalez will still have a tall task ahead of him as he tries to fill the big shoes of two-time collegiate champion coach Ayo. He will also be missing the services of back-to-back MVP Ben Mbala who has elected to take his talents to Mexico.
Helping their new head coach with this tall task will now be Mythical Team member Ricci Rivero, team captain Kib Montalbo, and former Rookie of the Year Aljun Melecio.
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