It’s Official! La Salle names Derrick Pumaren as new head coach
Manong Derrick is back!
This time, the decorated coach will officially make his UAAP return as the new head coach for the La Salle Green Archers.
Pumaren also went back to Taft after 30 years where he lead the squad with their first two UAAP titles.
La Salle hopes to find the right answers on Pumaren this time after failing to enter the Final Four in the last two seasons.
Pumaren, also known as “Swaggy D” thanks to his millennial taste in fashion, had an underwhelming season with UE Red Warriors from 2014 to 2017.
Here’s new DLSU head coach Derrick Pumaren with Archers brass. As you can see, Manong is going to bring his fashion ways with him back to Taft. pic.twitter.com/6QEMd8iouZ
— Naveen Ganglani (@naveenganglani) January 7, 2020
Meanwhile, the netizens are quite interested to see if the elder Pumaren will also pan out, considering that two coaches were axed in La Salle in a span of two years.
This is a good hire, since Pumaren is a proven coach who has won at every level. But will they stay the course this time? Or will they change coaches again at the first sign of trouble? I really hope it’s the former https://t.co/Vs0xoDma9K
— Imman Canicosa (@imman_cipate) January 7, 2020
My reaction to Derrick Pumaren is the same as my reaction to Frank Vogel’s hiring. Not overly excited but not disappointed either. Pumaren’s a good coach and with proper tools can steer a team to contention. Not a bad hire overall, just hope he gets more time to prove himself
— Mao Santos (@maoford) January 6, 2020
Manong Derrick Pumaren in the UAAP again hmmm interesting #UAAPSeason83
— aly✨ (@alyssapaolaa) January 7, 2020
Derrick Pumaren back as La Salle Head Coach 😮
— MaroonGirl (@LadyMaroon10) January 7, 2020
Headline 1: “La Salle taps Derrick Pumaren as new head coach”
Headline 2: “SWAGGY D IS BACK!!!”
— Migs Gomez (@MigsGomez) January 7, 2020
Still, La Salle has always trusted the Pumaren siblings, since Franz and Dindo also made a name for themselves as the head coach for the Green Archers.
Meanwhile, Season 82 head coach Gian Nazario and active consultant Jermaine Byrd were relegated as one of Pumaren’s coaching staffs.