Hoping to inspire more coaches in provinces, Aldin Ayo planning to hold free clinics
Champion in the NCAA last season, coach Aldin Ayo completes a rare championship double by winning with La Salle. Jerome Ascano

ALDIN Ayo hopes his triumphs would inspire more coaches and he is already making plans to reach out to the basketball coaches in the provinces through free clinics.

A product of Sorsogon, Ayo said he is glad not only to deliver college titles to Letran and La Salle but also to represent coaches who have been working to help keep the sport alive and organized at the grassroots level.

“Whatever achievement na nakuha ko ngayon, malaking bagay ’to sa mga coaches na naka-base sa mga probinsya,” said Ayo.

[See Aldin Ayo grateful to Altamirano, Compton's NBTC program for giving him coaching break]

“Plano ko after this season, I was talking to other coaches na naka-base sa provinces. I’m going to the provinces for free. Gusto ko lang tumulong sa mga coaches na naka-base sa provinces para ma-encourage sila,” said Ayo.

Last year, Ayo steered the Letran Knights to the NCAA title and before that Ayo, a city councilor in Sorsogon, had already been running a basketball program for kids.

He was an assistant with PBA team Kia in 2014 before being hired to coach Letran.

[See La Salle crowns a season to remember with sweep of Ateneo in UAAP finals]

“Ako ’yung coach na hindi ako nag-umpisa sa Manila. Galing talaga ako sa probinsiya at nagkaroon ako ng opportunity to coach here,” said Ayo.

He hopes his success will inspire coaches in the province to reach for their dreams.

“Kahit wala kang kilala sa Manila at nasa probinsya ka lang, basta you love the game, magpursigi ka, kaya ng mga coaches sa provinces dito sa Manila,” said Ayo.

Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports