Cocolife taps Serbian Moro Branislav as new coach
Serbian Moro Branislav signed a deal to coach Cocolife.
Serbian mentor Moro Branislav found a new home in Cocolife after accepting the offer to coach the Asset Managers in the Philippine Superliga.
The veteran coach, whose contract with Foton will expire at the end of the year, signed a two-year deal with Cocolife before he left for Serbia Thursday according to team manager Joshua Ylaya.
Branislav will replace Kungfu Reyes, who has yet to accept the position as assistant coach, as Cocolife builds up for the 2018 Grand Prix starting February.
Branislav coached the Tornadoes in four conferences and steered the squad to the 2016 Grand Prix throne.
The Asset Managers joined the PSL this year and finished fifth in the six-team field Invitational Conference under head coach Obet Javier.
With Reyes holding the reins, the Asset Managers landed again at fifth in the All-Filipino Conference.
Cocolife, which joined a pocket tournament in Vietnam as preparation for the Grand Prix, became a dark horse in the import-laden season-ending tournament.
Tapping the services of Americans Shar Tai Manu-Olevao and Taylor Milton, the Asset Managers scored a couple of upsets and made a breakthrough Final Four appearance after booting out perennial contender Cignal in the quarterfinals.
Cocolife’s run was cut short after getting swept by eventual champion F2 Logistics in the semis before falling prey to powerhouse Foton in the battle for third.
With Branislav, who has a thick resume after coaching prominent club leagues in Europe, Middle East and Asia including a stint as mentor of PSL Manila that saw action in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship last year, at the helm the Asset Managers are expected to pull some surprises next year.