MANILA, Philippines – Coach Pat Aquino has resigned as head coach of the national university women’s basketball team after nine years.
Aquino, who led Lady Bulldogs to six consecutive UAAP Championships from 2014 to 2019 and won 96 consecutive games – the longest winning streak in UAAP – announced her resignation from the collegiate rank shortly after finishing her gold medal at the 31st Southeast Asian Games. Hanoi, Vietnam.
“I am officially stepping down as head coach of the NU women’s basketball team. Six years after becoming a champion, I know we have been able to maintain a winning culture, “Aquino wrote in a statement.
Aquino said she has decided to prioritize her role as head coach and program director of the women’s national basketball team.
“I need to prioritize and focus my role as program director at SBP because we will be very busy in the coming months creating U16, U18 programs, 3 × 3 and 5 × 5 tournaments,” he said.
Aquino’s assistant coach Aris Dimaunahan will be in charge of coaching Lady Bulldogs.
“With the guidance of coach Aris and the management I believe the players are capable of doing great things, now is the right time to resign that we have established a winning culture in the NU program,” Aquino told Inquirer.
The Gilas Pilipinas female coach said NU management and team sponsor Diosldo Sai of Blackwater supported her decision to resign.
Aquino, a member of Blackwater Bossing’s coaching staff at PBA, added that he will also be active in coaching professional teams.
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