San Miguel Beermen’s Leo Austria just lately made history after turning into the first head coach to take residence the Coach of the Year for 3 straight years.
Austria bagged the award, given by the PBA Press Corps yearly, regardless of San Miguel falling brief of attaining a Grand Slam final season.
Still, he received championships in the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup. Now an proprietor of 5 titles, Austria is actually one of the league’s finest coaches of this period.
A former PBA Rookie of the Year awardee when he was nonetheless a participant, Austria deflected credit score to his gamers.
“They’re saying, you can bring the horses to the river. But you can’t force them to drink. They’re the real winners. The players execute the plays and win games. Before last season started, they showed respect to everyone. They showed dedication and they built the winning culture,” Austria mentioned in his speech.
“Winning the Coach of the Year award is not just an individual award, but it is a testament to the team’s success, cohesiveness and the winning culture. I will not be here without them.”