Legendary UST basketball coach Aric del Rosario passes away

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 26 2020 02:09 PM | Updated as of Mar 26 2020 02:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) Legendary basketball coach Aric del Rosario, best known for orchestrating University of Santo Tomas' (UST) "four-peat" in the 1990s, has passed away. He was 80 years old.

Del Rosario died due to cardiac arrest on Wednesday night.

The Philippine basketball community has begun to express its condolences, with former Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes paying tribute to a "true lifer."

Del Rosario steered the Growling Tigers to four straight UAAP titles from 1993 to 1996, coaching the likes of Cyrus Baguio, Bal David, and Dennis Espino. He then coached the Pampanga Dragons in the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball League.

In 2003, Del Rosario called the shots for the Philippine men's basketball team that won the gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games.

He made his return to collegiate basketball in 2012, when he coached the University of Perpetual Help Altas and helped transform Scottie Thompson into an MVP-caliber player. Under his watch, the Altas went to the Final Four for three consecutive seasons.

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