Paras, Magsanoc come home to UP as coach Bo's newest assistants
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 09, 2019 11:32 AM
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Bo Perasol will remain head coach of the University of the Philippines - only this time, he has brought brand new backup.
Just as coach Bo's contract has been renewed starting UAAP Season 83, the Fighting Maroons are also welcoming with open arms Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc, Joey Guanio, and Xavi Nunag into their coaching staff.
"The track records of these coaches speak for themselves," Perasol said. "We believe that with them on board, they will be tremendous assets to our program."
It's actually a homecoming for the four as Paras, Magsanoc, and Guanio were all teammates in the last State U squad to have won the championship back in 1986.
Since then, Paras became the first-ever player to simultaneously win MVP and Rookie of the Year in the PBA. He and Magsanoc also have eight combined titles between them.
After his playing career, Magsanoc seamlessly transitioned into coaching and is now one of the top lieutenants of Norman Black with the Meralco Bots. In 2013, he also guided San Beda University to a championship.
Paras, meanwhile, has also tried his hand as an assistant for the Red Lions and Hapee Toothpaste in the PBA D-League.
For his part, Guanio is no slouch as a coach himself as he was part of the staff that ended National University's six-decade title drought back in 2014.
Nunag is the youngest of the new faces, but the Diliman alumnus nonetheless has much experience as an assistant coach.
Alongside the four, Ricky Dandan will still stand as coach Bo's first lieutenant.
Under the always amiable mentor, UP went from 13-113 in 2008-2015 to 28-29 in 2016-2019.
In those four years, the maroon and green improved its win total year-on-year and registered one Finals appearance and two playoff berths.
It was also under Perasol's stewardship that the Fighting Maroons made big splashes by getting big fish in the form of Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan, Jun Manzo, Bright Akhuetie, Ricci Rivero, and Kobe Paras.
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