BO Perasol finally got a little feel of what it takes to call the shots for Ateneo after sitting right beside interim coach Gabby Severino on the Blue Eagles’ bench during Game One of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Finals.
And he was the first to admit that adjustments – both for him and the players – will have to be made once he takes over the coaching job for the reigning UAAP five-time men’s champions.
“It’s natural (adjustments) walang magiging changes kung walang adjustments,” said Perasol, who joined team manager Paolo Trillo on the Ateneo bench a day after he was formally introduced as the new coach of the Blue Eagles.
“Nangyayari talaga yan sa team especially for someone who is new sa team. Ang importante is how you double your effort for the team. So for me, it’s more of a positive than negative.”
A former UP Fighting Maroon, Perasol is aware he has to start from scratch handling an Ateneo squad that will be without big men Greg Slaughter, Nico Salva, and Justin Chua next season.
Right now, he said his main goal is to meet the team halfway, know the players, and to earn their respect as they go along.
“Ang concern ko ngayon is paano ko makikilala ang mga players. I know it doesn’t happen overnight, it will take some time and I know na hindi ko dapat madaliin,” said the former Air21 and Powerade coach in the PBA.
“Sa akin ang connection kasi is not just knowing them, but earning the respect from them, and in return ikaw din sa kanila. ‘Yung respect kasi it comes from the time na matagal kayong magkakasama, doon kayo magkakakilala.”
Perasol also knows multi-titled coach Norman Black has left big shoes to fill, but he insisted that he knows how to handle the pressure that comes with it.
With all eyes on him, Perasol sets the bar high for himself.
“They (Blue Eagles) are branded as winners, and for me, I have to make sure that they stay that way,” said Perasol. “I have to make them be the best as far as their potential is concerned. ‘Yun ang importante eh, ang ma-tap ang full potential nila.”