Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Liu Jia-fa joins TB coaching staff


Former Dacin head coach Liu Jia-fa will join Taiwan Beer's coaching staff as an assistant coach, local media reported last week.

Liu twice led Dacin to advance to the SBL Finals but lost to Yulon and Taiwan Beer respectively. He coached Chunghwa Telecom of the women's league WSBL for two years after leaving Dacin.

In Taiwan Beer, he will coach alongside current Taiwan NT head coach Chou Jun-san and Taiwan NT assistant Liu Hua-lin as assistants under the head coach Yen Chia-hua.

According to Yen, Liu will be in charge of development of young players while Chou is in charge of on-court coaching and substitution.

Taiwan Beer will rely on younger players this season as Lin Chih-chieh and Wu Tai-hao will both play in China and Doug Creighton has left the team to sign with Pure Youth.

Liu said he will stress fundamentals and physical training, given that Taiwanese players are injury-prone, which reflected their lack of sufficient physical training.