Gregorio denies 'volunteering' to be Gilas Pilipinas coach

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 17 2019 07:13 PM

Ryan Gregorio (right) along with SBP executive director Sonny Barrios and SBP president Al Panlilio. File photo

MANILA, Philippines -- Former PBA head coach Ryan Gregorio on Tuesday denied reports that he had "volunteered" to become the new coach of Gilas Pilipinas, insisting that he was satisfied with his role in Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). 

Gregorio currently serves as special assistant to SBP president Al Panlilio, though he did help out in scouting the national team's opponents for the recently concluded 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

"That's a very tough term," Gregorio told reporters at the Manila Life Cafe, referring to the rumors swirling on social media that he had "volunteered" his services to Gilas Pilipinas. 

"I don't volunteer," he said emphatically. "But, I will always make myself available for Philippine basketball -- but not necessarily as a coach."

A three-time PBA champion coach, Gregorio has also played a role in Yeng Guiao's coaching staff in the Asian Games, in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, and the World Cup itself.

But as far as taking over the post vacated by Guiao? Gregorio insists that he is retired from coaching.

"I'm sticking to my function as special assistant to the president sa SBP. I'm happy doing that," he said.

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