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19Jan/20

Austria credits players for Coach of Year award: I won’t be here if not for them

first_img“All I want is to have a good team that I know can do so much. A lot of things could be improved on the team, but you know if you keep on improving and improving, you’ll eventually see the fruits of your labor,” the 59-year-old mentor said.And as they say, the rest is history.Leading the squad to five championships in three seasons, Austria’s efforts did not go unnoticed as he was cited as the Coach of the Year for the third straight season, a first in the 2017 PBA Press Corps Annual Awards that allowed him to take home the Baby Dalupan Perpetual trophy for good.But amid all of his success, Austria knows that he won’t be at the level he’s in if not for his players.“I won’t be Coach of the Year if not for my players. I wanted them to excel and win a lot of championships and that reflects on the effort us coaches put in the last three years,” he said. “I think I did well with the team and that it inspires me more. Every success we achieve, I really attribute that to the players.”ADVERTISEMENT Though the Sariaya, Quezon native had a largely fruitful playing career, where he was named as the 1985 Rookie of the Year and won one title in 1990 with Formula Shell, it took him several years before making a name for himself in the coaching ranks.Even though he was gifted with a head coaching job for the newcomer Welcoat and old team Shell in the 2000s, victories came few and far in between that it led him to take a job with Adamson in the UAAP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe long awaited return to the pros ended in 2013 when Austria led the San Miguel Beermen in to the championship in the ABL.That breakthrough allowed the SMC powers to give him another shot with San Miguel, this time in the PBA, as he was tasked to turn things around for the powerhouse yet dysfunctional Beermen crew. From L-R: Robert Non, San Miguel’s Chris Ross, Leo Austria, Alex Cabagnot and AlFrancis Chua.San Miguel coach Leo Austria would be the first to admit that never in his wildest dreams did he think that he’d achieve success on the sidelines in the pro league.“I never thought I’ll be a successful coach in the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Ross grateful to see hardwork recognized with Defensive Player of the Year award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson At the top of the mountain for the better part of the last three years, Austria said that there’s nothing more he could ask for San Miguel in the coming season than to remain there as he seeks to lead the crew of four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, and Marcio Lassiter to more championships.“This time, I have to really work hard and prepare hard because we all know that every team we face is trying to do their best to beat us for those championships,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:15PBA Press Corps awards night01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more