FORMER Letran coach Aldin Ayo is batting for Glenn Capacio to take over the coaching job for next season, saying it will allow a continuity of the program that made the Knights the NCAA champions.
Ayo told mediamen on Friday night he hopes Capacio, who he brought to Letran as a consultant, will eventually land the role after he formally announced before the school community his transger to La Salle.
“For me, coach G (Capacio) is the best coach,” said Ayo.
In a separate interview, Letran athletic director Fr. Vic Calvo said they will launch a comprehensive search for a new head coach similar to what the school undertook last season that led to Ayo's hiring.
Capacio has been mentioned as one of the candidates for the job along with former Knights star Kerby Raymundo. He admitted to Spin.ph on Friday that he and Calvo are set to sit down for a meeting.
Ayo said he will give his full support to Capacio if he is hired.
“Kapag si Coach G, although hindi na ako parte ng coaching staff, kung ano ‘yung maitutulong ko, tutulong ako,” said Ayo, stressing that he and Capacio run more or less the same system. “Almost the same system kasi na compatible sa materyales."
Ayo said he believes Letran will have a very competitive team next season despite the departure of Mark Cruz and Kevin Racal.
"Etong team na ‘to, although nawala si Mark, K-Racs (Racal), at saka si (Rey) Publico, mag-step lang sila Jeric (Balanza), Bong (Quinto), and the rest of the guys, aandar ‘to,” said Ayo.
Ayo said the new Letran coach can also count on recruits who his staff brought in prior to his only season in charge.
“Malakas ‘to kasi lalaro na ‘yung mga ni-recruit namin na players,” said Ayo.
Ayo said he is not bringing his staff with him to La Salle, although there were reports that top assistant Louie Gonzales may join him in the Taft campus.
From Juno Sauler's former staff at Letran, Ayo is set to retain Siot Tanquingcen while assistants Allan Caidic and Jun Limpot are set to move back to the PBA.
Caidic has already bid La Salle goodbye in a post on his personal Facebook page on Friday.
“I’m not going to do that. Hindi ko pahihinain ‘yung Letran," Ayo said when asked about his coaching staff. "Kung ano pa ‘yung maitutulong ko, sabi ko nga, Letranista pa rin ako.
"I’m just going to do my job there (at La Salle) and I’m going to help them win pero kung ano pa ‘yung maitutulong ko sa Letran, gagawin ko,” added Ayo.