RENREN Ritualo is one of only three La Salle players whose jerseys have been retired by the school, yet he will be starting his coaching career not with the Green Archers but with Adamson.
For Ritualo, however, the chance to join his college coach Franz Pumaren on the Adamson bench as an assistant is too good to pass up if he is to improve as a coach.
"He asked me if I want to be part of the coaching staff and I never hesitated because he has been my coach ever since college and we've won championships together," Ritualo said of Pumaren.
"I believe in his system. Kapag naniniwala ka sa system, you don't have second thoughts."
Ritualo is one of the most celebrated players to have donned the Green Archers jersey, having been instrumental in the school's run of four UAAP championships under Pumaren beginning in 1998.
His jersey, has in fact, been raised to the rafters at the La Salle gym joining those of two other Green Archers great - Kurt Bachmann and Lim Eng Beng.
Ritualo, however, said he sees nothing wrong with joining Adamson.
"Sa akin naman, okay lang. Kung saan ako mapapabuti, kung saan ako mago-grow as a player or as a coach," said Ritualo, whose PBA career never quite measured up to his stint in college.
"Coach Franz is the best college coach for me so I'm in a good position right now," added Ritualo, who will be joined at Adamson by another for Pumaren player, Don Allado, and longtime Pumaren deputies Jack Santiago and Tonichi Yturri.