Rich Alvarez

Rich Alvarez
Kia Picanto
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born(1980-10-30) October 30, 1980 (age 36)
Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolNile C. Kinnick High School
CollegeAteneo de Manila University
PBA draft2004 Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Shell Turbo Chargers
Playing career2004-2016
PositionPower forward
Number21, 10, 40, 32
Coaching career2016-present
Career history
As player:
2004-2005Shell Turbo Chargers
2005-2006Alaska Aces
2006-2008Red Bull Barako
2008-2009Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
2009-2010Barangay Ginebra Kings
2010Air21 Express
2010-2013Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
2014-2016Kia Sorento / Kia Carnival / Mahindra Enforcer / Mahindra Floodbuster / Kia Picanto
As coach:
2016-presentMahindra Floodbuster / Kia Picanto
Career highlights and awards
  • 2000 UAAP Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2000 UAAP Most Valuable Player
  • 2001 UAAP Most Valuable Player
  • 2002 PBL Mythical First Team
  • 2x PBA All-Star (2004, 2005)
  • PBA All-Defensive Team (2004-05)
  • PBA Rookie of the Year (2004-05)
  • PBA All-Rookie Team (2004-05)


‹ The template Infobox golf ball biography has been considered for merging. › Richard Datu Alvarez (blessed Oct 30, 1980 in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan) is normally a Japanese-born Filipino previous professional basketball player and current associate coach for the Kia Picanto from the Philippine Golf ball Association. He was the initial overall choose of 2004 PBA Draft with the Shell Turbo Chargers.

Early life and college career

Alvarez was raised in Tokyo, Japan where he first played for the Nile C. Kinnick SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Golf ball Varsity Squad. Soon, after finishing senior high school, he flew towards the Philippines and went to at Ateneo de Manila University or college where he became a pivotal area of the Blue Eagles golf ball squad. At Ateneo, he was known for his tenacity and hustle takes on. Thus, like a sophomore in 2000, he received the desired UAAP MVP honor, beating famous brands Ruler Archer Mike Cortez, fellow Blue Eagle Enrico Villanueva and UST's Cyrus Baguio.The next year in 2001, he won his second UAAP MVP plum. Nevertheless, the group still didn't win the tournament as the Green Archers founded their dynasty in the collegiate rates courtesy of earning their fourth-straight UAAP tournament.Finally, in 2002, having a stellar supporting cast made up of LA Tenorio, Larry Fonacier, Wesley Gonzales and Gec Chia, he anchored the Blue Eagles to win the title against the greatly favored Green Archers, their first title since 1988.Within the novice rates, he also played for a number of groups in the Philippine Golf ball League, such as for example Hapee-Nenaco/FASH and Pioneer Insurance. He was also an associate from the Philippine national group that competed in the 2003 Ocean Games.

PBA career

Alvarez was drafted first general by Shell Turbo Chargers in the 2004 PBA Draft, before former college competitor Wayne Yap. He performed his 1st PBA video game around the team's second video game after former trainer John Moran benched him in the 1st video game. He believed that Alvarez had not been yet prepared to play, however when Leo Austria overran the team's training duties, his video game status proceeded to go up and received the First year of the entire year honors at season's end. In his first year time of year, he averaged 8.8 factors and 6.4 rebounds in 72 video games.As the Shell franchise was going to take a keep of absence from your little league, he was traded towards the Alaska Aces along with Tony dela Cruz, where he battled in his only appearance using the team through the 2005-06 PBA Fiesta Conference. Before the start of 2006 PBA Philippine Glass, he was exchanged towards the Crimson Bull Barako in trade for just two 1st circular picks, reuniting him with a few of his previous teammates in university.In 2008, he was traded again, this time around to Purefoods in trade for Barako's 2011 first-round go with.The next year, he was involved right into a blockbuster multi-player offer that sent him towards the Ginebra Kings.This year 2010, he was traded again, along with Doug Kramer, to Air21 in trade for Yancy de Ocampo.As his deal with Air21 expired, he signed with Speak 'N Text ahead of start of 2010–11 PBA time of year. In the beginning, he was just authorized to a one-conference agreement. However, along with his useful contributions from the bench, he remained with the Tropang Texters before 2012–13 PBA time of year. In his this past year using the group, he just averaged career-low amounts of 0.4 stage, 1.1 rebounds and 0.2 help out with just 20 video games.


After his stint with Speak 'N Text message, he found himself with out a team for the whole 2013–14 season. Nevertheless, when the news headlines broke out that three franchises KIA, Blackwater, and NLEX had been accepted as enlargement groups in the PBA, he instantly joined up with the tryouts of Group Kia, and he's out to confirm he can still compete. His competitiveness and restored fervor compensated him of an area at Kia Sorentos for the upcoming 2014–15 PBA period.

Personal life

Alvarez began internet dating R&B vocalist, Kyla (true name Melanie Calumpad) in 2005. After six many years of dating, he suggested in January 2011. Their wedding ceremony occurred on November 28, 2011. Jointly, they possess a kid, Toby Elsiah (blessed Might 5, 2013).