Aldin Ayo vacated his post at De La Salle last December in hopes of chasing ‘personal growth’. He’s echoing the same sentiments after accepting a second head coaching gig, but thankfully he won’t have to leave his current lair.
Not even a month through UAAP Season 81, the spirited 40-year-old mentor will reportedly steer the Muntinlupa Cagers in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
Asked why he willingly subjected himself to shouldering an extra load, Ayo said that it was just about prioritizing his career once more.
“Remember what I told you when I left La Salle, about personal growth? Eto ‘yun. Kung marami kang cino-coach na ganito, you learn eh. Ngayon actually kahit busy, kahit maraming ginagawa, I’m excited kasi natututo ako sa mga players kasi ibang level ‘yun eh,” he said.
Before committing to the Cagers, Ayo bared that he asked for the UST management’s blessing. That didn’t seem to be a problem for them as he assured the team that his schedules will be the least of anyone’s problems.
“Before I committed to Muntinlupa, I asked for permission naman sa managers, especially kay Father Jannel [Abugado, UST Athletics Director]. Alam din naman ‘yun na kaya naman ng schedule ko. I’m used to this. Nasa Sorsogon nga ako, nagta-trabaho ako ng 12-14 hours. Ngayon, 10-12 hours lang. Okay lang, basta basketball,” he explained.
Ayo will be seeing familiar faces in entry to the MPBL, with a head-to-head against assistant coach Randy Alcantara’s San Juan Knights coming up his sights real quick.
“Napag-uusapan din namin, pero very professional naman. Of course we’re going to compete with each other and if it happens, for sure we’ll bring out the best,” he said.
He’ll also be reunited with former Letran Knights players Felix Apreku and Kevin Buenaflor, which means for sure that he’ll be bringing ‘Mayhem’ with him.
“Same system. Kung saan kami mananalo, dun kami. ‘Yun ang gagawin namin,” said Ayo.