UNIVERSITY of the Philippines welcomed new coach Dolreich ‘Bo’ Perasol on Monday, saying it expects the former PBA mentor to make an immediate impact on a team that has not won a UAAP championship in decades.
UP basketball team official Mel Macasaet said Perasol’s deep experience in basketball will be beneficial to the Maroons, who have not won a UAAP title since a team coached by Joe Lipa and led by Benjie Paras and Ronnie Magsanoc captured the crown in 1986.
Macasaet is certain Perasol is eager to turn UP into a winning team following frustrating seasons for both the coach and his new squad.
“We expect a higher level of training,” said Macasaet. “He is hungry. He wants to win.”
Perasol has enjoyed success as a coach. Prior to accepting the UP post, Perasol had a three-year run with Ateneo where he helped the Blue Eagles reach the Final Four twice.
He also led Air21 to a runner-up finish in the 2008 Fiesta Conference, and helped Powerade make an unlikely run to the finals in the playoffs before bowing to Talk ‘N Text in the 2011-2012 Philippine Cup.
Macasaet said Perasol is excited to help the Maroons, more so since it is his alma mater after playing for the school in the early 1990s.
“It’s his passion for his alma mater that drives him to be here. He was singing the UP Naming Mahal last season. Now, he’s back where he belongs,” said Macasaet, who was with the team when UP chancellor Michael Tan made Perasol’s appointment official.