The National University Bulldogs were supposed to go into a rebuilding mode after their campaign in season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament is over.
Assistant coach Anton Altamirano said this after the Bulldogs ended their campaign with 53-77 loss to the Adamson Falcons, a fifth place finish and a 5-9 win-loss record.
But it all changed after head coach Eric Altamirano tendered his resignation after six seasons.
Disappointments over the result of their campaign this season kept them from pursuing plans for next year.
“It’s (supposed to be a) one-week break and then join the post season tournaments. We’ll be playing with players that we are preparing for next year” said Eric’s son, who came on board as the team’s assistant last year after his stint as a varsity player of the College of St. Benilde Blazers was over.
The young Altamirano was among those who joined his dad in quitting the team, along with three members of his coaching staff, and that was after the 50-year old Eric tendered his letter of resignation last Friday.
The elder Altamirano’s other assistants are Paolo Layug, Joey Guanio and Vic Ycasiano.
Because of the resignation, plans to groom and development Alfred Aroga’s replacement will have to be turned over to the next coaching staff.
Senegalese Issa Gaye is coming aboard next season in place of Aroga, who played his last game this year.
Fil-Am recruits like Joshua Bartlett are also in Team B.
When Altamirano first handled the Bulldogs six years ago and he was able to coach the Bulldogs to their first crown in 60 years in 2014.
With him at the helm, the Bulldogs reached the finals four times and became a legitimate contender for most seasons.
There is no word yet from the management on who will replace Altamirano.
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