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Pocari Sweat names De Guzman new head coach, Abella assigned as consultant



Newly-crowned Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference champions Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors have tapped Sgt. Rico De Guzman as their head coach, according to new team manager Atty. Ken Mirasol.

The former head coach of the Philippine Army Lady Troopers, De Guzman has served as assistant coach of the Lady Warriors for the past two V-League conferences. De Guzman has two V-League titles under his belt from his stint with Army, the 2008 Open Championship and the 2014 Open Conference crown.svl-reinforced-pocari-vs-ust-rommel-abella-8543

Meanwhile, former head coach Rommel Abella, who steered the team to three titles, will take on a new challenge as the team’s Director for Player Development.

National University Lady Bulldogs head coach and part of the Lady Warriors coaching staff Babes Castillo was also promoted to lead assistant.

Mirasol also mentioned their plans to bring back Clint Parley Tupas as another assistant coach. Tupas was Pocari Sweat’s assistant coach during their 2016 Open Conference championship run.


Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.