Bo Perasol says coaching in college basketball still an option after exit from Ateneo
Bo Perasol finished with a 27-18 record as Ateneo coach, with two Final Four appearances but no championship. Dante Peralta

OUTGONG Ateneo coach Bo Perasol doesn’t mind staying in collegiate basketball at the end of his stint with the Blue Eagles in the UAAP.

Perasol admitted finding satisfaction coaching in college after his three-year reign at Ateneo ended over the weekend, a campaign which saw him steer the school to two Final Four finishes without winning a championship.

“I’ve been watching the PBA games. Magkaiba dahil the satisfaction (sa college)is very deep, those people who are going to thank you, those students that you’ve affected their lives,” he said of the comparison between pro and college ball.

“Sa PBA, thank you and goodbye ‘yung mga players. Dito may connection and you get to affect them,” added the former University of the Philippines player.

Perasol previously indicated the season will be his last with the Blue Eagles after taking over the coaching job from Norman Black at the end of the 2012 campaign.

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He said staying in college basketball remains an option, even though his coaching career with Ateneo was marked by criticism from the school community.

Perasol, however, said coaching the Blue Eagles wasn't a bad experience.

“A lot of people say that, supposedly, very traumatic daw ‘yung experience ko sa Ateneo but it was not. The downside was that I wasn’t able to deliver what everybody was expecting and that’s to win the championship,” said Perasol.

He mentioned having received coaching offers, though he didn't disclose which schools have approached him.

The Blue Eagles were 27-18 under Perasol’s watch. But he admitted that what mattered in the end was that he wasn’t able to meet the expectations of the Ateneo community.

“The expectations of the Ateneo community is to give them a championship and I wasn’t able to give it in the three years that I had, although there are a lot of factors why it happened,” said Perasol.

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