The new year brings on a new head coach for the La Salle Green Archers. The team is bringing back a familiar face to lead the charge in 2020.
In a statement posted on their social media sites, DLSU Sports announced that Derick Pumaren will be the new head coach effective January 1, 2020. The coaches that led the 2019 team, Gian Nazario and Jermaine Byrd are staying on as an assistant coach and skills coach.
Pumaren was the head coach of the Green Archers from 1986 to 1991. During that span, he led the team to back-to-back UAAP championships in 1989 and 1990.
His last head coaching stint in the UAAP was with the UE Red Warriors from Season 77 to Season 80. His highest finish was in Season 77 with a 9-5 record, finishing fifth and just missing out on the Final Four. In the past two years, he has led the resurgence of the CEU Scorpions, even leading them to a Finals appearance in the PBA D-League last year.