AFTER his baptism of fire at Ateneo, Bo Perasol admitted the pressure that comes with the Blue Eagles coaching job is nothing like he has ever experienced before.
In fact, the young coach said the criticism he received during the Blue Eagles’ 0-3 (win-loss) start to this UAAP season is much more than all the brickbats that had come his way during his entire coaching career.
Perasol, a former MBA and PBA coach who took on the unenviable task of leading Ateneo to its sixth straight championship, got a huge monkey off his back when he won his first UAAP game in the Blue Eagles 71-59 victory over Adamson on Sunday affternoon.
Perasol, who once led Air21 and Powerade to two finals appearances in the PBA, could only heave a sigh of relief as Ateneo avoided falling to its worst start to a season in 15 years.
“The criticisms that I received in the past week was more than I had received in my entire career,” said Perasol, who took over the job from the multi-titled Norman Black. “Just imagine how relieved I am.”
Perasol, however, is aware that the pressure that comes with the high-profile job won't go away simply because he won his first game as the Blue Eagles' coach.
Still, the former UP Maroon said he is willing to accept the pressure, so long as the players give their 100 percent effort every game.
“(The pressure) will be continuous," he said. "It will keep on going (but) as long as I can rely on the 100 percent effort of my players, I can take it anytime.”