IT may not be the most ideal way for Ricky Dandan to end his coaching stint with the University of the Philippines.
But for good friend Bo Perasol, it’s more of a relief seeing his former deputy finally free of the heavy burden of steering a young, inexperienced team to respectability after years of mediocrity.
“My actual feeling is of relief for coach Ricky and his family,” Ateneo coach Perasol shared to Spin.ph. “It is really a challenge to rebuild a team, and it is most difficult to build it from scratch.”
Dandan tendered his resignation on Monday, ending his nearly three-year reign as head coach of a Maroons team that won a grand total of three games in the UAAP since he took over in the 2011 season.
(For full story, see Dandan officially out as UP Maroons coach after tendering resignation)
He has since been replaced by one-time UP coach Rey Madrid, incidentally Perasol's coach when he played for the Maroons.
Ironically, the last of those eight losses by Dandan came at the expense of Perasol’s Blue Eagles, 67-59, last week.
Perasol and Dandan go a long way dating back to their days with UP. Dandan also served as one of Perasol’s assistants with Powerade in the PBA before the franchise was eventually sold to Globalport.
Not even rumors that Perasol is set to take over the coaching job of Dandan at UP when talks that sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan was set to shift his support from Ateneo to the State University could strain the two's friendship.
No wonder Perason knows Dandan by heart, saying he’s not the kind of guy who will give up for no reason at all.
“Kila coach Joe (Lipa) pa ‘yan na ang prinsipyo nila, don’t quit. Let them fire you,” said Perasol, talking vaguely about the circumstances that prompted Dandan to file his resignation.
‘Yun ang pakiramdam ko,” he added.