Saturday, 8 December 2012 46 Comments
The Ateneo community, headed by President Fr. Jett Villarin, has put out the red carpet to their new head coach, Bo Perasol, in time UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball.
Besides the welcome party last December 8 at the MVP lobby inside the Ateneo campus, the whole community also paid tribute to the accomplishment of former mentor Norman Black and his Drive for Five.
“Win or we do not lose, it’s the school we choose,” Villarin told the audience in his opening remark that drew laughters from the crowd. “First of all, we are so thankful to Manny V. Pangilinan for helping us and of course to coach Norman Black.”
“Coach Norman Black’s five championships UAAP men’s basketball will always be remembered in history,” said Villarin, encouraging Perasol to maintain the school’s winning tradition. “I’m hoping the upcoming coach will keep the winning tradition.”
Perasol humbly accepted the challenge, I will do my best to keep this team win. I’m really happy to see that the school program is also there. I only need to maintain the basketball school program.”
Perasol, a former University of the Philippines stalwart during early 90’s, said he will start team practice on December 10 then early next year, he be on a scouting mission to hoard potential talents into one of the nation’s most successful basketball programs.
“Pro basketball and collegiate basketball are far different,” said Perasol, who coached the AIR21 Express and defunct Coca-Cola Tigers in the Philippine Basketball Association. “I need to assemble the team from its current to future line-up.”
Black also added that his successor can get the job done. “He is a good coach. I’m confident he can guide the community in winning games,” said Black, who also got a personal thank you message from Chris Tiu, now playing for Rain or Shine in the PBA.
“I’m so thankful for the community for supporting me. You (Ateneo) are a part of my life,” said Black, who coached Ateneo in eight years and won five titles under his tenure.
Black is also a best import awardee in the PBA, and now the head coach of Talk ‘N Text.
By Josef Ramos