BEING the son of a legendary coach has its upside and downside, as what Lester del Rosario has learned through the years.
While he admits having a well-known father in Aric del Rosario opened doors in his career, the younger del Rosario said he also had to live up to lofty expectations and at the same time prove that he is his own man.
“Yung exposure na kailangan ko sa trabaho ko, siya lahat ang nagbigay. Hanggang ngayon, utang ko sa kanya ‘yung break na ‘yun,” Lester said.
“Hindi puwedeng pa-easy easy lang na tatamad tamad,” said Lester of one trait he inherited from his father. “’Yung talagang laban lang. Lamang ka o hindi, tambak o hindi, hanggang tumunog ‘yung final buzzer, lumaban ka.”
Aric has been a huge influence on his son that the two remained inseparable, from their time together with University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP to their current partnership with Perpetual Help in the NCAA.
Lester said he owed his coaching career to his father, his coach during his varsity years with the Tigers.
“Malaki ang naitulong niya siyempre kasi since before pa, from coach to player, magkasama na kami. Ngayon, from coach to assistant coach, kami pa rin,” said the younger Del Rosario.
As a UST player, Lester won UAAP titles with his father from 1993 to 1996. Several years down the road, he took the seat next to dad on the bench.
“Noong 2004, nung nasa UST pa siya, magkasama na kami. Doon kami nagsimula,” said Lester, now 40.
Lester hopes to duplicate that UST title feat with the Altas in his coaching partnership with his father, who lets his son call the shots for the team during games.
But truth to tell, Lester said there are times when he entertained thoughts of coaching another team on his own without his father by his side.
“Actually may time din na ganun,” he said.
But not in the immediate future.
“Masarap kasi siya kasama eh,” said Lester.