Leo Austria

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Leo Austria
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Leo Austria (center) in a San Miguel Beermen huddle
San Miguel Beermen
Position Head coach
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1958-03-14) March 14, 1958 (age 60)
Sariaya, Quezon, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Career information
College Lyceum of the Philippines University
PBA draft 1985 / Round: 4
Selected by the Shell Azodrin Bugbusters
Playing career 1985–1993
Career history
As player:
1985–1993 Formula Shell, Pepsi
1999 Chowking Fastfood Kings (PBL)
As coach:
1998–2002 Chowking Fastfood Kings/Shark Energy Drink Power Boosters (PBL)
2002–2004 Welcoat Paintmasters (PBL)
2004–2005 Shell Turbo Chargers (PBA)
2005 Adamson Falcons (UAAP)
2006 Welcoat Paintmasters (PBL)
2006–2008 Welcoat Dragons (PBA)
2008–2013 Adamson Falcons (UAAP)
2012–2013 San Miguel Beermen (ABL)
2014–present San Miguel Beermen (PBA)
Career highlights and awards

As coach

As player

Leovino R. Austria (born March 14, 1958) better known as Leo Austria, born in Sariaya, Quezon, is a Filipino retired professional basketball player and the current head coach of the San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Playing career[edit]

Austria played his college basketball for the Lyceum of the Philippines University while also suiting up in the commercial Philippine Amateur Basketball League via Masagana 99.[1] In 1984, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Ambassador's Cup before joining the PBA.

In 1985, a new team Formula Shell drafted him, aside from nabbing fellow PABL standout Sonny Cabatu in the said draft. He made a quick impact for the new but veteran laden Shell squad and won the Rookie of the Year honors at season's end. His average of 3.9 points per game for that season marked the lowest average for a Rookie of the Year awardee up to that time.[2] During his stint at Shell, he played backup point guard for Bernie Fabiosa, Al Solis, then Ronnie Magsanoc.[2] He later played for Pepsi and was out of the league after the 1993 season. In 394 games played, he averaged 4.5 points a ballgame. He was known for his three-point shooting.[2]

In 1988, he was awarded the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan Award for Sports.[3] The QMK Award is given to outstanding Quezonians who exceled in their chosen fields. In 1999, he suited up for a few games as a playing coach for his team Chowking due to injuries of his point guards.

Coaching career[edit]

Philippine Basketball League[edit]

Austria's first coaching stint was for Chowking during the late 90s. During those days, he steered Chowking to numerous semifinal appearances but were unable to clinch a finals appearance against powerhouse and PBA-bound team Tanduay, Red Bull, and Welcoat.

After Chowking was renamed as Shark Energy Drink in 2000, he led the team to two titles in four finals matches against Welcoat from 2000 to 2002. He coached a team led by Chester Tolomia, Roger Yap, Ervin Sotto, and Gilbert Malabanan.

In late 2002, he moved to former rival Welcoat Paints as its new head coach after returning from a one conference absence. With a star-studded lineup of Rommel Adducul, Paul Artadi, Eddie Laure, Ronald Tubid, and Marc Pingris, he led the Paintmasters to the 2002 PBL Challenge Cup championship over Dazz in a three-game sweep.

He later led Welcoat to a runner-up finish in 2003 with James Yap as one of its star players.

Shell Turbo Chargers[edit]

In 2004, Shell dismissed American head coach John Moran and named Austria as its new head coach, 19 years after starting his PBA career with the said team. During his only season with the Turbo Chargers, he coached a young but talented team of Tony dela Cruz, Ronald Tubid, Rookie of the Year Rich Alvarez, Billy Mamaril, and Roger Yap to two semifinal appearances and a third-place finish in the 2005 PBA Fiesta Conference. However, Shell disbanded after the 2004-2005 season. He then returned to the amateur ranks.

Adamson Falcons[edit]

In 2006, Austria was named head coach of the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP replacing Mel Alas after a disappointing 3-11 stint. With him at the helm, the Falcons made their first-ever Final Four appearance since the format was introduced. However, they were eliminated by the Ateneo Blue Eagles in a closely fought semifinals. He coached the team until in 2013, following a dismal UAAP Season 76 campaign, he resigned. In seven seasons serving as Adamson’s tactician, he piled up an overall win-loss record of 40-56, including three trips to the Final Four in Seasons 69, 73 and 74.[4]

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters/Welcoat Dragons[edit]

In 2006, Welcoat bought the Shell franchise to join the PBA as its 10th member. With this development, Austria was renamed head coach of the Welbest franchise, this time carrying the banner of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in preparation for their PBA debut. The Painters placed third in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup in the team's final conference.

He was formally named as the head coach of the Welcoat Dragons in the PBA. But after two seasons with the team, in 2008, he resigned as head coach citing that the management wanted a new direction. His former assistant Caloy Garcia took over his spot.

San Miguel Beermen (ABL)[edit]

Austria coached the San Miguel Beermen in the ABL where he was awarded as the Coach of the Year in 2013 and helped the team win the championship that same year.[5]

San Miguel Beermen in the PBA[edit]

In 2014, Austria renewed his ties with the San Miguel franchise by signing a one-year deal to be the head coach of the Beermen.[6] He won his first championship with SMB as a PBA head coach after defeating the Alaska Aces in seven games of the 2014–15 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. But in the Commissioner's Cup the Beermen failed to qualify in the playoffs. However, in the season ending tournament of the Governor's Cup he was able to steer the Beermen to another championship once again against the Aces this time in a sweep.

Coaching record[edit]

Professional record[edit]

Season Conference Team Elims./Clas. round Playoffs
PG W L PCT Finish PG W L PCT Results
2004–05 Philippine Cup SHL 18 12 6 .667 3rd 4 0 4 .000 Lost in third-place playoff
Fiesta SHL 18 7 11 .389 9th 8 5 3 .625 Won in third-place playoff
2005–06 Fiesta (Coached for the Adamson Falcons)
Philippine Cup
2006–07 Philippine Cup WEL 18 3 15 .167 10th 0 Did not qualify
Fiesta WEL 18 4 14 .222 10th 0 Did not qualify
2007–08 Philippine Cup WEL 18 4 14 .222 10th 0 Did not qualify
2013 ABL SMB 22 19 3 .863 1st 7 6 1 .857 Won the Finals
2014–15 Philippine Cup SMB 11 9 2 .818 1st 11 8 3 .727 Won the Finals
Commissioner's Cup SMB 11 4 7 .364 9th 0 Did not qualify
Governors' Cup SMB 11 8 3 .727 1st 10 8 2 .800 Won the Finals
2015–16 Philippine Cup SMB 11 9 2 .818 2nd 13 8 5 .615 Won the Finals
Commissioner's Cup SMB 11 8 3 .727 1st 6 2 4 .333 Lost in the Semifinals
Governors' Cup SMB 11 8 3 .727 2nd 6 3 3 .500 Lost in the Semifinals
2016–17 Philippine Cup SMB 11 10 1 .909 1st 13 9 4 .694 Won the Finals
Commissioner's Cup SMB 11 9 2 .818 2nd 11 8 3 .727 Won the Finals
Governors' Cup SMB 11 7 4 .636 6th 1 0 1 .000 Lost the Quarterfinals
Totals 211 121 90 .573 90 57 33 .633 6 championships

Collegiate record[edit]

Season Team Eliminations Playoffs
W L PCT Finish PG W L PCT Results
2006 AdU 6 6 .500 4th 2 0 2 .000 Lost to UST in the 3rd-seed playoff, Lost to Ateneo in the semifinals
2007 (Coached for the Welcoat Dragons)
2008 AdU 3 11 .214 7th Did not qualify
2009 AdU 5 9 .358 5th Did not qualify
2010 AdU 9 5 .643 3rd 1 0 1 .000 Lost to Ateneo in the semifinals
2011 AdU 10 4 .714 2nd 2 0 2 .000 Lost to FEU in the semifinals
2012 AdU 3 11 .214 6th Did not qualify
2013 AdU 4 10 .286 7th Did not qualify
Totals 40 56 .416 5 0 5 .000 0 championships


External links[edit]

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Chowking/Shark head coach
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Jing Ruiz
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Junel Baculi
Welcoat/Rain or Shine PBL franchise head coach
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Caloy Garcia
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John Moran
Shell Turbo Chargers head coach
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Caloy Garcia
Welcoat/Rain or Shine PBL franchise head coach
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Mel Alas
Adamson Falcons head coach
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Bogs Adornado
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Welcoat Dragons head coach
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Caloy Garcia
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Bogs Adornado
Adamson Falcons head coach
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Kenneth Duremdes
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Bobby Parks
San Miguel Beermen (ABL) head coach
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Biboy Ravanes
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