ATENEO star player Kiefer Ravena has welcomed the appointment of Bo Perasol as the new head coach of the Blue Eagles as well as the return of sportsman-businessman Manny V. Pangilinan as the team’s top benefactor.
“I’m very thankful that MVP has come back to support us again,” said Ravena, just hours after the school officially named Perasol as the next varsity coach and announced the return of Pangilinan as the top backer of the Ateneo sports programs.
“We’ll have a fun period of adjustment, coach Bo has his own ways of running things, but I’ll support him all the way. Gagawin ko lahat to win.”
The son of former basketball and volleyball players Bong and Mozzy Ravena said he was a bit surprised with the way recent developments had taken place within the team considering that it has only been a month since the Eagles won a fifth straight UAAP men’s basketball title under longtime coach Norman Black.
“I’m surprised because after all the commotion. But I’m very happy that there’s a new man running the show,” said the former UAAP Rookie of the Year, who’s expected to take the role as Ateneo’s main man by next season following the departure of big men Greg Slaughter and Nico Salva.
Shortly after the title run, the Blue Eagles were left in the dark as to who would assume the coaching job vacated by Black, who had since transferred to Talk `N Text in the PBA.
Perasol had been a cinch earlier to replace Black at the helm, but politely turned the offer down following the falling-out between Pangilinan and the school over disagreements on political and social issues.
But it's all under the bridge now and Ravena looks forward to working hand-in-hand with the Blue Eagles’ new mentor.
“More on mixed emotions ako ngayon. Siguro kasi new coach tapos new system not like coach Norman who’s been working with us for eight years,” said the sophomore guard. “But we can do the adjustments on the style, on the play and on the system because he was appointed early.”
With a new coaching foundation put in place this early, Ravena is positive the Blue Eagles can contend for a sixth consecutive championship next season.
“Confident ako (of another title) basta healthy lang lahat, wala lang ma-injure,” he said.