DE LA SALLE officially named Juno Sauler as Green Archers head coach replacing Gee Abanilla, who will return full-time as assistant coach of Petron in the PBA.
In an official statement, De La Salle president and chancellor Br. Ricky Laguda FSC, said a coaching change was made after Petron management requested Abanilla to return to the team as the "Boosters undergo a re-organization within the team."
San Miguel Corp. basketball operations head Robert Non however, told Spin.ph on Saturday that the team is not elevating Abanilla as head coach of Petron in lieu of Olsen Racela.
The school also thanked Abanilla for his one-season stint with the Green Archers where he led the team to a 10-6 win-loss slate that included a Final Four stint during the 2012 UAAP season after La Salle beat Far Eastern University in a playoff for the last semifinal berth.
“DLSU would like to thank Gee Abanilla for his years of service to the men’s basketball team. Likewise, the Lasallian community welcomes Juno Sauler with renewed spirit and optimism as he leads the Green Archers this coming UAAP Season 76,” the statement read.
Sauler played for La Salle from 1992-1994 and was part of the team that finished runner-up to University of Santo Tomas in his final season with the Archers.
He is a long-time De La Salle deputy coach who served under Franz Pumaren and Abanilla.
Sauler likewise once handled the La Salle women’s basketball team.
He is currently one of the assistant coaches of Alfrancis Chua with Barangay Ginebra.