Change has come for much-improved DLSU Animo Squad

Santino Honasan on Nov 26, 2017 07:05 PM
Change has come for much-improved DLSU Animo Squad
NEW-ISH. Comebacking head coach Ramon Pagaduan has wasted no time in making a mark with the DLSU Animo Squad.

After another sixth-place finish in the UAAP Season 79 Cheerdance Competition, it seemed as though something needed to change for the DLSU Animo Squad.

True enough, change did come, in the form of a familiar face in comebacking head coach Ramon Pagaduan.

A tenured coach with a wealth of experience, Pagaduan was responsible for steering the famed UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe to a runner-up finish in 2015, a third-place finish in 2014, and fourth-place finishes in 2012 and 2017.

Now, Pagaduan hopes to be able to bring the same level of success to Taft Avenue.

This won’t be his first time at the helm for the Animo Squad as Pagaduan served as their head mentor from 2002 to 2007. “It feels good to be back, and I’m blessed that I was given the opportunity to coach them this year,” Pagaduan told ABS-CBN Sports.

He firmly believes that his high-level experience can prove beneficial as the green and white attempts to reclaim lost glory.

“It will definitely be a big help, in terms of discipline, choreography, and technique,” he said.

Pagaduan immediately implemented his brand of leadership, which starts with the Animo Squad members’ lives outside of cheerdance.

“Bumalik yung long hours of training, no to vices such as smoking and drinking and as much as possible dapat student-athlete lang sila. Any other extracurricular activities will not help the squad,” he said.

Tough as it may sound, Pagaduan’s methods have worked, and his success with Salinggawi as well as with the four-peat champion St. Paul College Pasig Pep Squad and the Girls’ National Team should be a testament to how effective it is.

It’s a new season, a new(-ish) coach, and a new start for the Animo Squad, and already Pagaduan promises that this season’s cheerdance competition will showcase DLSU’s improvement.

“Better dance and transitions and clean execution with a pinch of difficulty sa cheer elements,” Pagaduan shared. “Hopefully, healthy lahat during the competition day and ma-hit yung routine accordingly.”

And in the 2017 UAAP CDC, Pagaduan and the DLSU Animo Squad will try to get back on track to cheerdance excellence, but it won’t come any easier, as this year will also see the return of powerhouse University of the Philippines.

“Good that they’re back.” Pagaduan said.

Can the returning Pagaduan finally steer DLSU back to a top-three finish?

We’ll find out soon enough.

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