La Salle's new head coach has long been a mentor to Aljun Melecio
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 05, 2019 06:52 PM
New La Salle head coach Gian Nazario and top gun Aljun Melecio go way back
De La Salle University has a brand new head coach - its third in the last four years.
That brand new head coach, however, is not named Jermaine Byrd.
The Green Archers made clarifications regarding their coaching staff after their resounding rout of University of Sto. Tomas to commence the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
Byrd, reportedly the replacement for Louie Gonzalez, is actually the active consultant for the Taft-based team.
Their head coach is actually Gian Nazario. "I'm the coach until La Salle makes an announcement," he told reporters.
Nazario has been a longtime deputy for Boris Aldeguer for La Salle Zobel. He also served as assistant to Joe Silva for University of the East last season.
Alongside Byrd, part of the staff are MC Absolucion, Siot Tanquincen, Lamont Waters, and Chappy Callanta as conditioning coach. Danny Seigle, meanwhile, is the school's head of basketball operations.
While La Salle's new era is just dawning, the fact that Nazario is technically, their brand new head coach is actually a good thing - in the eyes of lead guard Aljun Melecio, at the very least. "For me, opportunity 'to kasi natututo ako paano maging mature. Lahat kami, nalalaman mag-adjust," he said.
Even more, Melecio and Nazario actually go way back from their time with their Junior Archers. "Malaking bagay yun kasi si coach Gi, siya yung talagang may alam kung may problema ako on or off court," the former shared.
He then continued, "Ever since high school, magkasama na kami."
That relationship was tried and tested for four years in the Juniors and then taken care of for the next three years while they were separated.
Now, coach Gian has been re-united with top gun Melecio.
Still, the new head coach made it a point to say that the Green Archers will be no one-man show. "For me and the rest of the staff, the most important thing is we are on the same page. We are trying to prove to the players that it is not just about one player," he said.
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