La Salle coaching change: Abanilla out, Sauler in

Michael Angelo Jugado
Just 3 weeks before the UAAP begins, La Salle suddenly changes coaches.

MANILA, Philippines — Exactly 3 weeks before UAAP Season 76 begins, De La Salle University made a drastic and stunning move, replacing head coach Gee Abanilla with assistant Juno Sauler.

Henry Atayde, DLSU’s representative to the UAAP board, confirmed the change Saturday, June 8.

Abanilla, who helmed the Green Archers to the Final Four in his lone season as top honcho, will reportedly return to powerhouse PBA team Petron Blaze. 

Sauler’s ascent comes on the heels of successive La Salle losses in the 2013 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup, where, after winning 5 straight games, the Archers bowed to archrival Ateneo in the elimination round then got booted out by San Beda in the quarterfinals.

Sauler once donned the Green and White in college and was also an assistant to former La Salle coach Franz Pumaren. –

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