The De La Salle Green Archers welcomed the New Year by announcing a new head coach for their 2018 campaign on Monday, January 1.
Veteran assistant coach Louie Gonzalez has been reassigned to handle the head coaching duties as appointed by La Salle men’s basketball team patron Danding Cojuangco.
According to reports, a meeting was held at the San Miguel Corporation last Friday, December 29, and Cojuangco made the call to move Gonzales to the top position. This move came as a response to Ayo’s decision two days prior to leave La Salle to coach the UST Growling Tigers.
Gonzalez had been a longtime assistant to Ayo dating back to their NCAA title with the Letran Knights in 2015. After their one-year stint with Letran, they employed their patented “mayhem” brand of basketball in the UAAP with the Green Archers. They won the UAAP Season 79 title for La Salle and steered their team to a second-place finish the year after.
As Ayo heads for España with UST, Gonzalez will stay with La Salle alongside Glenn Capacio, who will serve as a consultant for the team.
Interestingly, Capacio and Gonzalez have a rich history coaching together for various teams. When Capacio was calling the shots for the FEU Tamaraws from 2007-2010, Gonzalez was his assistant. The two were also together in the PBA, coaching for the GlobalPort Batang Pier and Kia Sorento, before teaming up together again in Letran.
Reportedly joining Gonzalez in La Salle are Siot Tanquingcen and Anton Altamirano, who will both serve as assistant coaches, according to a reliable source. Tanquingcen is no stranger to La Salle, having been one of Ayo’s assistants during their Season 79 campaign.
Last year, the former PBA coach was on the sidelines for the St. Benilde Blazers under coach TY Tang. As for Altamirano, son of Alaska assistant coach Eric Altamirano, he will be coming in after his one-year stay with the Arellano Chiefs.