JUNO Sauler compiled a 31-19 win-loss slate during his three-year tenure with the De La Salle Green Archers.
Bo Perasol accumulated a 27-18 record with the Ateneo Blue Eagles during the same period.
Neither will return as head coach with their teams next year.
La Salle on Wednesday announced the resignation of Sauler as the school extended their appreciation for the service the former Green Archer cager in the 1990s gave, while citing his accomplishments that included the 2013 UAAP crown. While Sauler waited for the season to end, Perasol has made it known even before the beginning of Season 78 will be his last as the head coach of Ateneo.
Despite the winning record and his accomplishments, Sauler resigned following a disappointing Season 78 in which the Green Archers recorded only six wins in a trying year that was playing undersized all year long.
Sauler had indicated following his end-of-the-season interview that he is ready for the consequence of missing the Final Four.
“In the future, you always have to be ready for the future. If you are not ready for the future, malaking problema ‘yun,” Sauler said, days before resigning.
The heat has been on Perasol from the start when he took over from Norman Black, who led the Eagles to five straight titles before returning to the PBA.
The heat became more intense midway in the season when the Blue Eagles lost to Sauler’s La Salle in the first round to fall to a 4-3 win-loss record. Critics, however, fell silent when Perasol officially bared Season 78 will be his last and the Blue Eagles racked up several wins to gain the third-seed in the Final Four.
The Blue Eagles bowed to Far Eastern University on a buzzer-beater by the Mac Belo — the same Tamaraws team that eliminated La Salle from the Final Four picture this year, and had prevented the Green Archers a year ago from a finals berth on a triple by Belo at the buzzer.
The winning records were not enough, however.
“The expectations of the Ateneo community is to give them a championship and I wasn’t able to give it in the three years that I had,” said Perasol.