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PBA gets first female coaching staff member

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29-year-old Maureen Kris “Coach Mau” Belen’s new journey began when Coach Chot Reyes asked if he could call her. She said yes, and during that call, he offered her a spot on the Talk’N’Text PBA team’s coaching staff. At the time, she was days away from leaving for the Middle East.


During the initial part of the call, Reyes asked after her. Belen told him the truth: “I tried applying [to a] team, but they had other plans. [I’m] going back abroad because there’s an opportunity there,” she said.


At the time, Belen was already prepared to leave for the Middle East. Since she had not secured any work within the WNBL (Women’s National Basketball League), her international opportunities came knocking.


Belen had served as the first female coach in the Filipino Youth Basketball program in the United Arab Emirates. She had quite a few coaching stints there from 2014 to 2017. The latest Middle East job she had been leaving for was a competitive position at a sports management group there.


“I have an offer for you to be part of TnT,” Reyes had said in the phone call, completely surprising Belen. She told the media that initially, she was speechless, and doesn’t remember what she’d said immediately after.


Even after Reyes clarified that he still had to talk to management, Belen took the opportunity.


“Coach Chot was a visionary leader. He’s made to do this,” Belen stated. “He wanted to make a difference in the platform through inclusivity.”


TnT top bosses gave the green light, and the rest is history: Belen is now part of the team management crew, planning to work her way up.

Photo: SPIN.ph


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