UST officially welcomes fellow Dominican Aldin Ayo as head coach
Aldin Ayo as UST head coach is now official
University of Sto. Tomas is nothing but glad to know that its Growling Tigers are under the guidance or a fellow Dominican.
In the school’s official statement on the appointment of Aldin Ayo as head coach, it said, “As a Dominican institution of higher learning, we in UST actively collaborate with individuals who can help us fulfill our vision to form student-athletes to become not only competitive in their chosen fields, but more importantly, respectful of their competitors.”
It continued, “We believe that such thrust concurs with the convictions of coach Ayo, who is himself a product of Dominican education.”
Ayo is a graduate of Colegio de San Juan de Letran which, like UST, is run by Dominican priests.
That Dominican bond was the beginning of the newfound partnership between Ayo and the Growling Tigers which was first rumored early last season before being formalized late last year.
For UST, the reasons for appointing the two-time collegiate champion coach are pretty clear. “UST sought his services for two key reasons. First, the basketball program he espouses is based on discipline that gives primary importance to the life of student-athletes, believing that student-athletes who are hardworking in their studies are likewise those who are able to handle themselves properly both on and off the court,” the statement read.
It then continued, “Second, coach Ayo is a well-accomplished coach who is likewise more than willing to accommodate the university’s modest salary scheme, thus demonstrating that his desire to provide proper guidance to his players in this educative process outweighs everything else.”
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