WHAT Coach Patrick Aquino has done for the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs is hard to follow.
Any successor will certainly not have the easy task of following in Aquino’s footsteps.
Imagine: The Lady Bulldogs have posted a staggering 96-0 record over the past six seasons in the UAAP.
“Those are really huge shoes to fill,” said Aries Dimaunahan, who will take over from Aquino after the latter decided to step down to focus on his coaching and project manager duties for the team. feminine of Gilas Pilipinas.
Aquino and the women’s national team won their second consecutive gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi despite the absence of center ace Jack Animam, who did not join the team after was sidelined by a knee injury.
He said more work needs to be done in terms of the team’s continuous improvement as the competition gets tougher at the FIBA Asia Women’s level.
With Aquino taking the ultimate sacrifice of stepping down as the most successful college basketball coach of all time, Dimaunahan will have the daunting task of trying to maintain NU’s dominance in the UAAP.
“We will focus on improving individually and as a unit,” added Dimaunahan, a former PBA player, who was delegated to coach Blackwater Bossing three years ago on an interim basis.
“We will prepare the girls for the battle. The places on the list are available because the core of the team has already graduated.”
Animam, Kelly Hayes, Monique del Carmen, Kaye Pingol, Rhena Itesi, Ria Joy Nabalan and Samantha Harada are no longer part of the NU team.
“They are all gone this coming season,” added Dimaunahan.
“The challenges will always be there no matter the level of basketball, so we’re all going to persevere and focus on growth.”