PSL All-Stars Manila taps Japanese head coach

Mark Escarlote on Sep 08, 2016 07:35 PM
PSL All-Stars Manila taps Japanese head coach
We tapped a Japanese coach because we know the level of their training and system -- PSL president Tats Suzara.

Philippine Superliga tapped a young yet well-experienced Japanese coach to call the shots for the PSL All-Stars Manila in the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship from October 18-23 to be held at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.

Japan national women’s team assistant coach Shun Takahashi will handle the reigns of the squad composed of seven local players and seven foreign imports that will participate for the first time in this prestigious club league.

The 26-year-old Takahashi will have UAAP champion La Salle and F2 Logistics coach Ramil De Jesus and Perpetual and Cignal mentor Sammy Acaylar as lieutenants while University of Sto. Tomas and RC Cola-Army coach Kungfu Reyes, Benson Bocboc and veteran setter Tina Salak will serve as trainers of the team.

The Magnificent Seven of Rachel Anne Daquis, 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Kim Fajardo, Jen Reyes, Ces Molina and Mika Reyes as well as the coaching staff sans Takahashi were at the mini press conference when the announcement was held at the Crimson Hotel.

“We tapped a Japanese coach because we know the level of their training and system,” said PSL president Tats Suzara. “Takahashi may be young but he has vast experience sa paglalaro at sa Japanese national team.”

Takahasi played for FC Tokyo of Japan’s Premier League for three years and for Red Star club in Serbia. Since last April Takahashi has been working with Japan’s senior women’s national team.

“As you know Japan finished bronze in the London Olympics and he’s from one of the top teams in Asia,” added Suzara.  “PSL is trying to have a very good relationship with Japan club teams. We are starting to talk with teams like Hisamitsu and I have good meetings with NEC and later on the team will go to Japan to train.”       



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