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Guiao leaves Air21
BY NIDA BUENAFE

After coaching Air21 for two seasons, Joseller “Yeng” Guiao is moving on to Rain or Shine as he signed a two-year contract with the Asian Coatings Inc. franchise yesterday.

Guiao has severed his ties with Air21 and will replace Caloy Garcia at Rain or Shine, reports from the official website of the Philippine Basketball Association said yesterday. Garcia stays in the team as assistant coach.

Air21 team manager Allan Gregorio was appointed as interim coach as the team starts looking for Guiao’s replacement.

Guiao said it was a mutual decision between him and the management of Air21 as both had set new directiors to take.

He said he was thankful to Air21 officials led by Bert Lina and Lito Alvarez, stressing that he never had a problem with the management. Guiao said he was sad that his desire to win a championship for the team did not happen.

For four conferences under his leadership, Air21’s best finish was third in the 2008-09 Fiesta Conference.

Looking forward to his new team, Guiao said he will be inheriting a team that is on the threshold of being a true contender.

He said Garcia and the management did well on building the team which already has a good foundation and structure. What Rain or Shine need is the finishing touches, Guiao said.

The Elasto Painters is Guiao’s fifth PBA team after coaching Sarsi, Mobiline, Red Bull and Air21.

Meanwhile, Air21 management said they will have a new coach, a new undertaking and a new way of looking things as the search for the team’s new mentor begins.

Air21 governor board representative Johann Ramos said they are going to a new director and they are thankful for everything Guaiao taught the team.*NAB

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