NCAA: Atoy Co's stint with Mapua in jeopardy as contract expires

Philip Matel on Oct 16, 2018 07:54 PM
Atoy Co's stint with Mapua in jeopardy as contract ends
Atoy Co has led the Cardinals to two Final Four appearances in back-to-back seasons, in Season 91 and 92.

Mapua Cardinals head coach Atoy Co is really not sure whether he'll return to the team as his contract is set to expire in November.

The 67-year old Co has coached his alma mater since taking over from Chito Victolero back in 2012 has compiled a 40-72 record, winning 36 percent of his outings.

He has also led the Cardinals to two Final Four appearances in back-to-back seasons, in Season 91 and 92.

This season, the Fortune Cookie steered Mapua to a respectable 6-12 slate, but is not enough for a post-season berth, finishing sixth out of ten teams in the standings. 

"I really don't know yet. I'm (sic) expiring this November. I do not know yet. Actually, ayoko matapos sa ganito," Co said after the game. 

He has seen players come and go, including two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme, who suddenly abandoned the team back in Season 93 and left the Cardinals reeling.

"Malaking bagay pag nandun si Allwell, nakakakuha siya ng 20 points, 20 rebounds. Hindi rin nakakalusot yung kalaban. Sad to say na inalisan ako."

As the Management Committe barred teams to get more foreign athletes, Co admits that he has one realization in six years with the team.

"Sana pala kumuha na ko ng tatlo dati. Isa ako sa hindi pabor sa foreign players. Kailangan din ako ma-develop yung atin," he shared.

 

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