For Aric del Rosario, being a second father never gets old
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 21, 2015 05:25 PM
THREE DECADE-LONG REACH. From UST to Perpetual, "Aric Magic" has touched the lives of many players.
At 75-years-young, Aric del Rosario still has no plans of walking away from the profession that has become his passion in the past three decades.
The reason? “Bilang coach, tough ako pero mabait. Kahit minumura ko sila, mahal pa rin nila ako kasi alam nilang para sa future nila yun,” del Rosario told ABS-CBN Sports.
He continued, “Para akong father nila e. Gusto ko, yung nadadala ko sila sa PBA.”
From Espana to Las Pinas, del Rosario stayed true to his word and did not let his boys down. Two of the tough-loving mentor’s products who have turned out to become PBA contributors attest to their once second father’s influence.
“Siya yung nagbigay sa akin ng pangalan kasi nagtiwala siya sakin. Siya yung second tatay ko at dahil sa ginawa niya, naging maganda yung career ko,” current Alaska Ace and former University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tiger Cyrus Baguio said.
Current NLEX Road Warrior and former University of Perpetual Help Alta Juneric Baloria also shared, “Dahil sa kanya, nakarating ako kung nasan ako ngayon.”
More than their professional careers, both Baguio and Baloria said del Rosario instilled in them some of the most important personal characteristics. As Baloria put it, “Hindi siya nagkulang sa disiplina. Two years ako na-Team B kasi sabi niya, ‘Mag-aral muna kasi hindi habang buhay, player kayo.’”
For his part, Baguio said, “Siya yung nagturo na wag lumaki yung ulo kahit ano mangyari.”
Even del Rosario’s prized ward at present, reigning NCAA MVP and recent Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Scottie Thompson, said that he owes everything he has accomplished to his coach. “Dahil sa kanya lahat ng ‘to,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.
Even more than his former players, the 75-years-young coach’s influence has been well-exhibited in his son Lester. The younger del Rosario played for his father during UST’s four-peat in the early ‘90s and has transitioned into a deputy role in Perpetual.
“Since naglalaro ako, kasama ko na siya kaya lahat ng sigaw at mura niya, narinig ko na. Pero lahat ng hirap na yun mas napabuti ako at lahat ng aral at turo na nabigay niya sa akin, pinapasa ko naman ngayon,” Lester shared.
Asked if he also wanted to become a second father to their boys, however, the younger del Rosario said, “Kuya muna, wag na muna ama. Pero siyempre, ganung tulong sa kanila din yung gusto ko.”
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