One-time UAAP champion coach Aldin Ayo has confirmed he will take over the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers.
In a Facebook post Friday by The Varsitarian, the official publication of UST, Ayo confirmed that he will call the shots at Espana this coming UAAP season, what will be his third school in four years.
The post also bared that the school's Institute of Physical Education and Athletics will make the move official on January 11.
Early this week, Ayo confirmed to ABS-CBN News that he has left his post at La Salle, but denied that he is headed to España to coach the UST basketball team.
The NCAA champion coach left La Salle late December 2017, after a successful two-year stint that saw him lead the Green Archers to the UAAP Season 79 title and then a runner-up finish in Season 80.
Speculation that Ayo will be transferring to the Growling Tigers surfaced in the last couple of weeks when then UST coach Boy Sablan exited from the squad after a dismal 1-13 record this season.
In an interview after La Salle bowed to Ateneo in the Finals of Season 80, Ayo admitted that he has lots of friends in UST including the priest who brought him to Manila.
“Yung pari na nagdala sa akin dito sa Manila, he's in UST. 'Yung adviser ko sa thesis ko, he's a Dominican, he's also in UST. There are lots of priests na nandun sa UST na friends ko, pati alumni. Pero regarding sa issue na 'yun, I don't want to comment on that,” Ayo stressed.
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