Ayo and Escueta shortlisted as San Beda head coach

ANY day now, San Beda will have a new coach in Aldin Ayo or Yuri Escueta.

Sources said The star that the search for coaches has now been reduced to only between MM. Ayo and Escueta after Boyet Fernandez bid farewell to a proud Benedictine school he led to four National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships.

“Up to (Aldin) Ayo and Yuri (Escueta),” an insider said.

Mr. Ayo proved his worth by winning a title for Letran in the NCAA and La Salle in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) while leading the University of Santo Tomas to the UAAP Finals before losing to Ateneo not so long ago.

Mr. Escueta, for his part, is a former stalwart of Ateneo and served as an assistant at both Ateneo and TnT in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Mr. Fernandez’s exit is the result of the Lions not making the NCAA Finals in the ’97 season, a first in the past 15 seasons spanning 17 years.

Originally, Mr. Fernandez and former Letran and Phoenix coach Louie Alas were on the shortlist for the search for coaches.

Now, the most sought-after job will be between a proven mentor and a novice looking for a chance to prove their worth. — Joey Villar

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