Four-peat UAAP champion coach Aric Del Rosario passes away

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 26, 2020 01:48 PM
Four-peat UAAP champion coach Aric Del Rosario passes away
Philippine basketball will, no doubt miss tatay Aric

Aric Del Rosario, four-peat UAAP champion and all-around legendary coach, has passed away at 80.

Del Rosario died last Wednesday evening in the hospital due to cardiac arrest.

His son Lester confirmed the development.

The always amiable mentor fondly called "tatay Aric" called the shots in University of Sto. Tomas' four titles in a row in the UAAP from 1993 to 1996.

Then, he harnessed the potential of the likes of Dennis Espino, Bal David, Chris Cantonjos, and Cyrus Baguio.

Afterward, Del Rosario served as tactician for the Pampanga Dragons in the Metropolitan Basketball League as well as the Philippine national team in the 2003 Southeast Asian Games.

He returned to the collegiate ranks in 2012, this time with University of Perpetual Help in the NCAA.

"Tatay Aric" transformed the Altas into legitimate contenders and oversaw the breakout of talents like Scottie Thompson, Juneric Baloria, and Harold Arboleda.

Since leaving Las Pinas in 2016, he had a hand in the Paranaque Patriots in the MPBL and continued to serve as commissioner for the Filoil Preseason Premiere Cup.


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