WITH University of Sto. Tomas yet to hire a new head coach, former Tigers mentor Aric del Rosario is hoping the school would be interested in hiring him again.
The Tigers have yet to announce a new coach after a controversial end to Bong de la Cruz's reign early this year, and Del Rosario wants the job although he has not sought an interview with university officials.
“Gusto ko doon ako nag-umpisa doon din ako magtatapos. Ang puso ko pang-UST talaga,” Del Rosario, who left the school in 2004, told SPIN.ph.
“Never akong nag-coach ng kahit anong team sa UAAP. Dati noong umalis ako maraming kumukuha sa akin pero ayaw ko,” added the 76-year-old coach.
Del Rosario led the Tigers to four straight UAAP men’s titles starting with the memorable 14-0 season sweep in 1994.
He coached in the NCAA, steering Perpetual Help to three straight Final Four appearances, and now Del Rosario is hoping for a UST comeback.
“Baka sakaling maisip ako, tignan natin kung maisip tayo at kung makakatulong tayo sa UST,” he said.
His family hopes the man would retire, but Del Rosario feels his coaching career would only be complete if he can rejoin the Tigers for a swan song.
“Mag-retire ako sa UST, ‘yun ang wish ko kasi kung walang UST walang Aric del Rosario eh,” he said. “Utang na loob ko ’yun, ibabalik ko lang sa UST ang nabigay nito sa akin.”
“Ako naman 110 percent ko minahal ang UST kasi madami silang naitulong sa akin,” he added.
“Kung makukuha ako kung anong trabaho ko noong araw ‘yun pa rin, hindi magbabago, edad lang ang nagbago,” he said with a laugh.