Aldin Ayo not hot on PBA move, but leaves it all up to 'Boss Danding'
Aldin Ayo is the first coach in the modern era to win championships in the UAAP (La Salle) and NCAA (Letran) in successive years. Jerome Ascano

DOES a PBA job interest La Salle coach Aldin Ayo?

Not yet, says the two-time champion coach in college basketball.

Ayo's success with La Salle in the UAAP and with Letran in the NCAA has spurred talk from netizens who feel that he is ready for a move to the PBA, but the young coach is not hot on the idea.

The Sorsogon native insisted he would prefer staying in college with La Salle, saying he he still has a lot to learn as a coach.

He in fact is elated that La Salle management is supporting his desire to learn more about the game as he and his coaching staff are set to leave for the United States early next year to attend several coaching camps.

“Sa ngayon, gusto ko college kasi marami pa akong kailangang matutunan,” Ayo told SPIN.ph, just days after leading La Salle to its first UAAP title in three years with the loss of just one game.

La Salle officials said one of the stops of Ayo and Co. is with the San Antonio Spurs where Chip Engelland, a former naturalized player of La Salle chief backer Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco’s Northern Consolidated national team in the 1980s, is an assistant coach.

“Good thing, very supportive si Boss (Danding). Sa January, papadala kami sa States. For me, hindi bakasyon ‘yun. Sa akin, trabaho ‘yun. Iikot kami kasi gusto ko matuto sa mga coaching camps, coaching clinics to enhance our coaching skills,” said Ayo.

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If ever he joins the PBA, however, Ayo prefers to be under the wing of Cojuangco, who is the chairman and chief executive officer of San Miguel Corporation.

SMC has three teams in the PBA in Barangay Ginebra, San Miguel Beer, and Star.

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“Whatever the boss said, kung ano sabihin ni boss, okay ako. If it happens, it happens. Basta konektado kay boss,” said Ayo, who briefly held a position as assistant coach in the PBA with Kia (now Mahindra). 

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