RICHARD del Rosario resigned as College of St. Benilde coach Monday in a move meant of sending a message to put in order the school’s basketball program.
The 42-year-old mentor and broadcaster said he felt certain policies had been hindering the progress of the Blazers’ program, especially in terms of players’ recruitment in which he admitted the school had been left out by other colleges.
And he believes that tendering his resignation will lead school officials to open their eyes in adopting possible changes.
“I feel kailangan magkaroon ng changes sa policy ng program to make it more competitive,” said Del Rosario without going into details when he was sought out by Spin.ph at the Ronac gym in San Juan shortly after the practice of San Mig Coffee, where he stands as one of Tim Cone’s assistants.
“Kasi right now, feeling ko hindi kami maka-keep at pace with other schools in terms of recruitment and training.”
Del Rosario, who chose to forego the final year of his contract, decided it was the best time to make the move.
He first announced his decision to step down in his position on his Twitter account @charddelrosario.
“My beloved Blazers, it's been an honor going to battles with you. Keep fighting! Hope my resignation gets you the attention you deserve,” Del Rosario posted.
“This is one of the toughest decisions I have had to make,” he said in another tweet.
Del Rosario submitted his resignation letter over the weekend, and is just waiting the formal acceptance from St. Benilde officials.
In the event the resignation is not accepted, Del Rosario hopes his sentiments would be heard.
Despite a woeful 22-48 win-loss record with the team, Del Rosario said he has done his best at the helm.
“Very, very clean ang conscience ko. I put all my heart out. I’ve done my best with what resources I had. I developed close relationships with my players, pero ang dami ring mga outside factors that affected our performance,” he said, citing the Blazers’ injuries and suspensions over the last few years that factored their failure to make the Final Four under Del Rosario’s watch.
Del Rosario broke the news to his players during the Blazers’ Monday morning practice.
“I know some of them feel bad about my decision, pero I just want them to know that I did not abandon them. I did not betray them. I hope later on, they would benefit from my decision. I hope something positive comes out of it.”