The dawn of a new era is upon the UST Growling Tigers.
The University of Santo Tomas officially welcomed Aldin Ayo as the coach of their men’s basketball team on Monday.
In a statement from UST’s Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA), the school opened its arms to the UAAP and NCAA champion coach, stating, “As the university moves forward in preparation for the next season, the Thomasian community welcomes the head coach of the UST Growling Tigers, Aldin Ayo.”
The statement went on to point out that UST wanted Ayo at the helm for two reasons: discipline and modesty.
In Ayo’s tenure with the Letran Knights and La Salle Green Archers, he has exuberated discipline and focus above all else. More than control on the basketball court, his iron grip with his players extends well into the classroom, making academics a top priority. UST sees itself in Ayo saying, “this is the same ideal that UST has constantly advocated since the inception of its athletic program.”
As for the second reason, that Ayo was humble and willing enough to accept the university salary for being their head coach. “His desire to provide proper guidance to his players in this educative process outweighs all else,” read the statement regarding Ayo’s eagerness.
UST welcomes Coach Aldin Ayo as the Head Coach of the Growling Tigers! pic.twitter.com/w8I9wALAcA
— IPEA (@ust_ipea) January 8, 2018
UST went on to state that it is an institution who is willing to work with individuals who share its core values. “We believe that such thrust concurs with the convictions of Coach Ayo, who himself is a product of Dominican education,” the school said.
Ayo will be coming in to UST to try to change their fortune. Last season, the Tigers suffered their worst finish in UAAP history with a 1-13 record. The strong-minded mentor will carry with him a 30-5 record from the Green Archers, a testament to his winning prowess.
Last Friday, the school’s publication The Varsitarian, reported that Ayo confirmed that he will call the shots for the España-based school for the next six years.
“We look forward with much hope and gratitude as we remain one with the entire UST community and alumni in our commitment to the formation of well-rounded Thomasian student-athletes through excellent sports program,” UST’s statement concluded.