By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY (BicolToday.com) – The champion coach of the 91st NCAA season Aldin Ayo officially bid goodbye to his heroic knights with the blessing of the O.P. family to coach the De La Salle Green Archers for UAAP 79th season. The move caught many here by surprise since the coach in his last local media interview did not show any hint of possible transfer to La Salle.
The announcement was made by Rev. Fr. Clarence victor Marquez in his speech during the victory party of the Kights Friday night telling those in attendance that they are allowing him to move to the Taft Avenue school after giving Letran the championship in a decade as a neophyte coach. Ayo attended the victory party.
The contract of Ayo with Letran is said to be for three years said to be rated for one hundred eighty thousand a month (P180,000.00). He was contracted also for three years in his new coaching job rumored to be worth nine million pesos (P9 million). He denied that it is all about money or about his political future. He will replace Juno Sauler as head coach of the mens basketball team whose three years contract with the university ends this season.
After giving victory to Letran, Ayo is sort of celebrity here and tarpaulins are still hang extending congratulations to his victory in school campus.
The principal backer of La Salle is business tycoon Danding Cojuangco and Letran is bankrolled by Manny Pacquiao as its team manager.
Ayo would only say that his transfer is purely personal not the money involved. His family here in Sorsogon is a known rice trader and presently he is a city councilor for the West district which he topped the last election. Again he is seeking re-election.
Ayo’s career in basketball started with the Letran Knights were he learned the basic of real basketball as part of its varsity team. He formed his basketball clinic here calling it ABC or Ayo Basketball Clinic and proving his point built a basketball gym in Capuy, Sorsogon his barangay. That clinic has a continuing program for basketball enthusiast in the district for free.
He was also named NBA junior basketball coach when the premier league conducted a clinic in one of their social visits in the country years ago. [BicolToday.com]