(UPDATED) Newcomers Akari made a splash on Thursday as they announced that national team head coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito will be calling the shots for them in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL).
"An electrifying team deserves an equally exciting, inspiring, and moving coach," the team said in its video formalizing the Brazilian's appointment.
Souza de Brito is heading the program of the Philippine women's national volleyball team, having been assigned through the FIVB's development project platform.
He has been at the sidelines for the national team during last year's Asian Women's Club Volleyball Championship as well as the 31st Southeast Asian Games last May.
"Since we're trying to form a young team, and we are a new team, [we expect] a lot of learning from him," Akari team manager Mozzy Ravena said in a message to ABS-CBN News.
"He's bringing his international experience with him, and will share that not only with the players, but to our coaches as well," she added.
Souza de Brito was part of the Brazil men's national volleyball team that won gold in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, and had previous coaching stints in his home nation as well as in Turkey, Japan, and Korea. He was also part of Brazil's remote staff in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Power Chargers will make their debut in the PVL Reinforced Conference in October.