Source: Bulldogs coach Eric Altamirano tenders resignation, but NU yet to act on it
Eric Altamirano led NU to its first UAAP championship in 60 years in 2014 but the team missed out on the Final Four this season. Dante Peralta

ERIC Altamirano has offered to step down as head coach of National University, multiple sources told on Tuesday.

Altamirano submitted his resignation to NU officials, but school officials, led by owner Hans Sy, have yet to act on it, the sources added.

“He wants to resign and step down already. Hindi pa ina-accept,” said one source.

Because of the uncertainty, the Bulldogs have also begged off from league commitments related to their preparation in the offseason, the source added.

School officials and Altamirano have yet to make an official statement on the matter at posting time.

The development comes after the Bulldogs failed to reach the Final Four this year after finishing the elimination round with a 5-9 win-loss slate.

Since his hiring, Altamirano has transformed the Bulldogs from perennial cellar dwellers into a legitimate championship contender in the country's premier collegiate league.

In 2014, Altamirano led a team bannered by Troy Rosario, Glenn Khobuntin, Alfred Aroga, and Gelo Alolino to the school's first UAAP championship since 1954, winning the crown as the fourth seed.

On their way to the title, the Bulldogs overcame a twice-to-beat advantage against top-seed Ateneo before beating Far Eastern University in the title series.

Last season, the Bulldogs reached the Final Four as the fourth seed once again before getting eliminated by University of Santo Tomas.

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