By Drei Christopher Villanueva
Traditionally, teams that undergo coaching changes do away with the previous old system and instill a new one – but Rain or Shine is something different.
After seeing their team entering the Final Four through nine straight conferences, including two Championships and four Championship appearances under Head Coach Yeng Guiao, the Elasto Painters decided to stick with their winning formula amidst the coaching changes.
Guiao stepped down from his post as head mentor of the Elasto Painters, who are just two conferences removed from being a PBA champion. The fiery mentor transferred to NLEX where he was offered not just the coaching post but also as head of its CSR projects.
Following his departure, Guiao was succeeded by his long-time assistant Caloy Garcia, who made room for the veteran bench tactician five years ago and agreed to become his chief deputy.
“Coach Caloy was ready to coach Rain or Shine five years ago, but he made room for me and in fact recommended me to be the head coach. The only hindrance for him to coach that team was me,” Guiao said during the post-game interview after leading his new team NLEX to an impressive win its debut game this season. “But it’s his team now.”
For his part, Garcia, believes continuing what Guiao had started is the best thing to do for the team: “It’s something that worked for us so why change it?” said Garcia. “I’ve used it in my teams in the NCAA and D-League and it is something that worked well for us. The players are used to it, and they loved it.”
“We’ve seen it with Star when coach Jason Webb took over as coach from Tim Cone, said Rain or Shine assistant team manager Jay Legacion, who confirmed that continuity was the key to the team’s success. “He changed the system and decided not to use the triangle offense which had given the team five championships. Kami sa Rain or Shine, we had a winning program under coach Yeng so we won’t change it.”
At any rate, Guiao is grateful that, despite his departure, the Elasto Painters are continuing to embrace his winning system: “Maybe they’ve seen that it’s the system that worked best for them. But I told coach Caloy that if he feels he needs to change it or add a few of his own, he can do it,” said Guiao. “It’s his team anyway.”
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