New Letran coach: ‘Advantage na walang nakakakilala sakin’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 10, 2015 07:18 PM
New Letran coach: ‘Advantage na walang nakakakilala sakin’
YOU SHOULD KNOW ALDIN AYO. Even his school's security guards don't know who he is, but new Letran coach Aldin Ayo believes being a relative unknown will work to his advantage.

When Colegio de San Juan de Letran announced the new coach for its basketball program late last year, the entire basketball community had to turn to Google just to have an idea who he was.

Until now, the Intramuros-based school apparently still has a lot of work to do in getting to know its new guiding force. As 31-year-old Aldin Ayo shared with ABS-CBN Sports, “Hindi pa talaga nila ako kilala. Last week, hindi ako pinapasok sa gym. Nung (Monday) naman, hindi ako pinapasok sa parking lot.”

The new Letran coach is a first-timer in the big leagues and has more experience in public office as Sorsogon City councilor than leader of a big-time Manila-based sports program.

Instead of being a detriment, however, Ayo believes being a relative unknown will work to his advantage. “Sakin advantage yun kasi ‘di masyado pressured at wala masyadong expectations.”

Still, opponents would be wrong to underestimate the Letran alumnus as he is off to a promising start with a quarterfinals finish in the 2015 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. Ayo has his boys playing with a newfound dedication to defense and he attributes their quick grasp of his philosophy to his years as a grassroots organizer.

Back in Sorsogon City, Ayo organized a grassroots program that teaches young boys and girls about the fundamentals of basketball. The Letran alumnus proudly shared that his initiative has had seven to eight thousands participants since 2009.

Talking about the reason behind his program, Ayo explained, “Foremost reason is gusto kong magturo sa mga bata.” The new mentor of the Knights admitted that his passion for teaching is also what led him to accept the job opening in Intramuros.

Kami sa Letran, hindi kami nakakakuha ng mga magagaling na except dun sa mga galing sa Juniors program namin. So ang ginagawa namin, basta may potential, kukunin namin at ide-develop,” he said.

He then continued, “Made-develop mo sila lalo na kung galing ka sa grassroots program. ‘Pag galing ka sa mga bata, madali nang turuan yung malalaki.”

With all the passion and confidence he is bringing with him to Intramuros, Ayo guaranteed that the Knights will be more competitive than last season’s 9-9 finishers. Even so, the new Letran coach is far from worrying about his popularity among his schoolmates and the basketball community.

Kahit walang credit sakin, basta manalo yung team,” he shared with ABS-CBN Sports.

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