That the Chameleons tapped a Japanese coach shows they mean business.
The Nxled Chameleons are pulling out all the stops to parade a competitive team for the PVL’s upcoming All-Filipino Conference, tapping a talented Jho Maraguinot-led squad that has fans gushing—and expecting big things from the newcomers.
The Chameleons even went foreign with their choice of coach, recruiting Japanese tactician Taka Minowa, who fans know already as the husband of Filipino volleyball star Jaja Santiago. But Minowa is certainly more than just Santiago’s hubby as he boasts some impressive coaching credentials, having served as an assistant coach for Japan V.League team Saitama Ageo Medics and as part of the coaching staff of the Japan squad that competed in the 2022 AVC Cup for Women.
It also appears Minowa is wasting no time imparting his knowledge of the game to his new team, which is a mix of young, promising standouts and returning veterans looking to show they have plenty left in the tank.
And, on Wednesday, Nxled posted on Instagram a short video of the team in training, giving fans a special behind-the-scene’s look at the Chameleons’ preparations—with Minowa leading the way and doing some hands-on teaching.
“Injecting all his knowledge and experience about the game!” the video's caption read. “Have a closer look at head coach Taka Minowa in practice as Nxled continues its preparations for the PVL All-Filipino Conference.”
Take a look:
It is too early, but a case can be made that Nxled might have hit the jackpot with its decision to bring over a Japanese coach in Minowa, whose volleyball knowledge is sure to help mold the Chameleons into a competitive squad.
Then again, it will be up to the players to apply whatever Minowa will teach them. And that is yet another reason to get excited for the upcoming PVL conference.