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Bo Perasol resigns as UP Maroons head coach

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Bo Perasol will no longer call the shots for the UP Fighting Maroons.

The 49-year-old has officially resigned from his post as the Fighting Maroons’ head coach after five years of being in charge.

Perasol stated that ongoing pandemic and its effects on not just him but also his family became a huge factor on his decision.

“I thank UP for believing in me from my very first year as coach of the Fighting Maroons,” he said.

“I feel this is the right time for me to step aside and help whoever will come after me continue what we have created here. UP Fight, pa rin!”

The former Maroons alumni was responsible for the team’s sudden turnaround in basketball program, one of which wad helping the Diliman-based campus reach the Final Four for the first time in 21 years in Season 81.

Perasol also steered UP to its first Finals appearance since 1986 on the same season, but they eventually bowed out to the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

The following season, the team got the No. 2 seed, but lost to University of Santo Tomas in the stepladder semis.

Still, Perasol was responsible for recruiting top players led by Bright Akhuetie, brothers Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Kobe Paras, and Ricci Rivero as they turned UP to a contender for the past two seasons.

Despite his resignation, the former PBA coach is being offered to take a management role in UP.

Meanwhile, National University coaches Goldwin Monteverde and Patrick Aquino are shortlisted as potential replacement for Perasol.

Perasol accumulated a total of 30-32 record in his coaching stint, a massive improvement since UP had a 13-113 card from 2007 to 2015.