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Mexicali Soles Presents New Coach for 2023 Season


A new season of Soles de Mexicali is upon us and with it a new coach that will be in charge of motivating the team to become becoming champions once again. 

At a press conference held at Cine Curto in Mexicali on March 13, the leadership introduced Pedro Carrillo Ballester as the new coach for Soles replacing Ivan Denniz O’Donnell who gave the team many championships during his term. 

This is the beginning of a new era. 

“My philosophy is to work every day and create a united team that can compete,” Coach Carrillo said. “Mexicali is very passionate about basketball and the environment that is generated here is very impressive.” 

In the 2016-17 season, he joined Paco Olmos to lead the Fuerza Regia de Monterrey squad, where he won the LNBPM championship.

In 2017, Carrillo was part of the coaching staff of Aguacateros de Michoacán. In September 2018, he signed as coach of the Ángeles de Puebla, which would be his first experience as a head coach.

Mario Flores, General Manager of Soles de Mexicali, is looking for to this season. After a couple of difficult years due to COVID, the team is recovering thanks to the support of the sponsors and the fans.

“We decided to end our working relationship with Coach Deniz and it was the right time to bring someone that shares the values of Soles and bring another championship,” Flores said. “We wanted a coach that could break paradigms that liked working with the youth, bet on projects and tactics and Pedro had those requirements we were looking for.” 

Flores said that one of the goals for this season is to reach out to the Imperial Valley audience.

“We need the residents of the Imperial Valley to come and support Soles de Mexicali and get to know us and fall in love with the way we play,” Flores added. 

Soles will begin its preseason during the second half of July, the regular season will be played from August 18 to November 4, while the postseason will take place from November 9 to December 18.

The first two games of the season for Mexicali will be against Abejas de León, on August 19 and 20, while the first home series will be between August 24 and 25 when they host the Halcones de Xalapa.

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