ATENEO coach Oliver Almadro said that completing their undefeated season was redemption after the challenges and trials in his coaching career.
“It’s really sweet for me, this 16 wins,” said Almadro, before breaking down in tears.
“Sabi ko nga, tears of joy, kesa tears of sadness,” he added.
The veteran coach returned to Ateneo in Season 77 following a brief stint with National University, which won two straight crowns following his exit in Season 75.
“They say I’m the weakest link. Now, I’m proving them that I’m not the weakest link,” said Almadro, without elaborating.
“I’m not the weakest link. I surpassed their back-to-back, we are three-peat and we are gunning for four.”
Almadro was happy to have repaid the trust Ateneo gave to him when the school hired him back as head coach.
“For the challenges in my coaching career, my struggles, Ateneo believed in me. They took me back and believed in me. I didn’t promise anything, but they really, really trusted me. My players trusted me. They knew how hard I am but they trusted me,” said Almadro.
Almadro is also glad to join other top coaches who have won three straight UAAP titles.
“Sabi ko nga, it’s a rare three-peat. ‘Yung mga idol kong coaches pa lang ang nakakagawa nito. Sila coach Emil (Lontoc) sa UST, coaches sa FEU, sila pa lang ang nakakakuha nito,” said Almadro.