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Coaches mourn loss of UST legendary coach Aric Del Rosario

by Reynald Magallon, March 26, 2020 5:42pm

The Filipino basketball community has lost one great basketball mind after the legendary coach Aric Del Rosario passed away at the age of 80 due to cardiac arrest on Thursday.

It was still unclear whether Del Rosario's passing is related to the current Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak although according to some reports, the former University of Santo Tomas head coach and long time Alaska Aces assistant coach in the PBA underwent COVID-19 testing.

Fellow coaches mourned at the loss of one legendary coach.

"RIP Coach Aric. We've gone thru many battles as deputies of Coach @manilacone. A true life. The coaching community has lost a great one," said former Gilas Pilipinas mentor Chot Reyes in a tweet.

"Such sad news to hear the passing of not only an amazing coach but an astounding individual who I was able to interact with a few times but in those select moments he always had such great words of encouragement for me. RIP Coach Aric and my deepest condolences to your family," tweeted Rain or Shine assistant coach Chris Gavina.

Former colleagues Phoenix assistant coach Ariel Vanguardia and former Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo also paid tribute to the coaching great.

"Rest in Peace Coach Aric del Rosario - one of the selfless person that I've ever worked with during my Talk'nText days... A mentor, father, and roommate! Will forever miss our late night conversation....Paalam Coachy," said Vanguardia.

"Rip coach Aric. One of the old time greats," added Trillo.

Del Rosario carved his name as one of the greatest basketball minds in the country after he steered the UST to four straight UAAP championship in the 1990s. He even guided his team to a dominant and first ever 14-0 sweep of the tournament in 1993.

The veteran tactician also handled the Pampanga Dragons in the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association in 1998 and gave the team the inauguaral title.

He also handled the Philippine national team in the 2003 Southeast Asian games which won the gold. He was also a head coac to the University of Perpetual Help in the NCAA from 2012 to 2015.

Del Rosario last barked instructions from the sidelines when he coach the Paranaque Patriots in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League in 2018.

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