It's exciting when De La Salle's multi-title basketball program is restarting after Derrick Pumaren, the coach who led the Green Archers to their first UAAP title three decades ago, has returned.
The university officially announced Pumaren as head coach on Tuesday, replacing Gian Nazario, who led the team in season 82 with adviser Jermaine Byrd, where the Archers missed a Final Four berth for the second year in a row.
"We are all excited; the players, the staff and those involved in the program [with coach Derrick’s appointment]", Nazario told the investigator over the phone.
Nazario and Byrd were retained and, together with Gabby Velasco, a former mentor of La Salle, and the former Green Archer Mon Jose, form the coaching staff.
Pumaren was the head behind the first two titles of the Archers in 1989 and 1990. The Pumaren family has a long history with the La Salle program, with Derrick's younger brother Franz, who is now training the Adamson Falcons, La Salle on five also controls titles. Another sibling, Dindo, also played and trained for the school in Taft. INQ
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