De La Salle University have officially accepted the resignation of Juno Sauler as head coach of the Green Archers.
In his final interview as La Salle head coach last Wednesday, Sauler admitted that his future with the Green and White squad was in doubt. “I live in the present, I don’t know what happens in the future,” Sauler quipped. “We’ll always be ready for the future. If you’re not ready for the future, then malaking problema iyon.”
Earlier today, the resignation letter of Sauler had been officially received and accepted by the De La Salle University. The statement is as follows:
De La Salle University announces the resignation of Green Archers Men’s Basketball Head Coach Juno Sauler. He filed his resignation today, 24 November 2015.
The University extends its appreciation to Coach Juno for his years of dedicated service to the team. With his able leadership, he orchestrated the Green Archers’ outstanding performances that gave DLSU championship titles from the 76th UAAP Season, the 2013 PCCL tournament, and the 2014 FilOil tournament.
The University will form a search committee for a new head coach and will keep the La Sallian community as well as the public informed.
Sauler, the successor of Gee Abanilla, was just in his third year of coaching La Salle’s Men’s Basketball team. He has compiled a 26-16 win loss record in the regular season and a 5-3 playoff record in the UAAP’s Men’s Basketball division.
After his first campaign that led to in a championship for the Green Archers – and a UAAP/NCAA Press Corps Coach of the Year award-, the Green-and-White squad were eliminated in a virtual best-of-three series against the FEU Tamaraws for third place. This season, after a promising first round outing, the Green Archers went on to lose five out of their last seven games for a fifth-place finish.
According to a source, rumored candidates being scouted by the La Salle officials to take over the helm are five-time UAAP champion Coach Franz Pumaren, assistant coach and former Ginebra head coach Siot Tanquincen, former Letran head coach and current Alaska assistant coach Louis Alas, and, a long-shot, current San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria.