PHILIPPINE Superliga coaches have turned on the style in the ongoing PSL Grand Prix.
So used to showing up for games in team shirts, maong pants, and sneakers, the PSL coaches now patrol the sidelines in coat and tie.
They don't have a choice, given the league's new dress code.
Some of them were clearly uncomfortable, some have become the butt of jokes on social media. But hey, the attire has no doubt given them a more professional look.
Let's take a look at some of them:
Shaq delos Santos
It was obvious the Petron coach wasn’t comfortable with the new dress code.
But after the first few games, Shaq has learned to go with the flow. In fact, he wore a pair of Cole Haan Zero Grand optic white wingtip in succeeding games to complete the look.
“Bukod sa mainit yung suot ko, okay lang naman ako,” he said.
The Generika-Ayala coach became a hot topic on social media on opening day after wearing a bright blue coat on top of an orange and white polo shirt, inevitably inviting comparisons with a magician.
But by his second game, Vicente came prepared and silenced his bashers with a more chic look. He also came to accept that the dress code has given coaches a more 'professional look.'
“Okay naman, kaya lang I'm not used to this kind of outfit eh,” he admitted. “Pero maganda ‘yung ganito dahil professional na professional ang dating, nakaka-angat ng personality. So, maganda.”
“Ang dami kong polo bumili ako. Apat na libo ang bili ko diyan,” he said with a chuckle. “Fashionista din naman tayo.”
The Iriga City coach couldn't hide his disgust over the dress code and not even an epic come-from-behind win over Cocolife in their debut could make him feel at ease.
But he also knows he has no choice.
“Pero wala tayong magagawa,” he said laughing.
Kungfu said he never imagined he'd wear a coat and tie ever again since his wedding but the Cocolife coach had no choice but to follow the new PSL rule.
“Akala ko sa kasal lang ako mag-co-coat, dito din pala,” he said.
Ramil de Jesus
The multi-titled coach sported a black coat on top of yellow long sleeves to represent the team colors of F2 Logistics. The soft-spoken mentor looked even more formal than usual.
“(Ito) hindi makagalaw,” said de Jesus when asked about the outfit. “Pero actually occassional nagsusuot naman ako (ng coat).”