Notable basketball figures give tribute to Coach Aric Del Rosario
The PH basketball community is currently mourning the loss of coaching legend Aric Del Rosario, after he succumbed to heart failure at the age of 80.
Del Rosario was best known for leading the Growling Tigers to a four-peat in UAAP men’s basketball from 1993 to 1996.
He also served as an assistant coach to PBA’s winningest coach Tim Cone with Alaska, which is why he paid tribute to the late veteran tactician.
I’m broken up because of the loss of Coach Aric. I am so sorry I can’t pay my respects to him and his family. He was such an influence early in my coaching career, teaching me about humility and compassion. He touched so many lives through his journey. He will be terribly missed.
— Tim Cone (@manilacone) March 26, 2020
Other coaches like Chot Reyes and Bonnie Tan; and seasoned sports analyst Sev Sarmenta also remembered the life of Del Rosario.
RIP Coach Aric. We’ve gone thru many battles as deputies of Coach @manilacone. A true lifer. The 🇵🇭 coaching community has lost a great one.
— Chot Reyes (@coachot) March 26, 2020
RIP Coach Aric 🙏 Thank you for accepting me as 1 of your player at UST Batch 91-92, can’t forget the way you called me Buni during those years till we competed against each other in the NCAA Altas Pirates days. You will be missed. 🙏 https://t.co/kM1E3LGpk4
— Bonnie Tan (@bonnie_t_tan) March 26, 2020
Re-posting this FB post of mine. Made a few edits. Paalam Coach Aric Del Rosario. pic.twitter.com/mCKq5mFPjZ
— sev sarmenta (@sportssev) March 26, 2020
Coach Aric or Tatay Aric last called the shots with the Perpetual Help Altas from 2012 to 2015 where he brought out talents like Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson and UP center Bright Akhuetie.
RIP Coach Aric 😔. Always been there since day 1, thanks for the opportunities and unconditional love, you stood by me so many times, even at my worse. I’ll always make u proud.. Rest on pop’s
— Bright Osagie Akhuetie (@bright_bigtinzz) March 26, 2020
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Isa sa pinaka malungkot at nakakagulat na balita na natanggap ko buong buhay ko!😭💔 TATAY, PAPA , DADDY , LOLO , COACH AT MENTOR ARIC. Maraming maraming salamat sa lahat ng tinuro mo sakin sa lahat ng ginawa mo sa buhay ko. Ikaw isa sa dahilan kung saan ako ngayon at kung anong meron ako ngayon, hindi lang pala isa sa naging dahilan kundi ikaw naging dahilan! Hanggang sa PBA dala dala ko padin ang laging mong sinasabi mo samin. Magsipag ka lang, maglaro ng maayos magpakabait at laging madasalin may papupuntahan ka bata at higit sa lahat tanggapin anong meron ka ngayon. Kung gusto mo ng higit? Pagtrabahuan mo! Dahil sa mga linyang yan andito ako ngayon. Ang pinaka d ko makakalimutan na laging mong tanong sa mga player mo na galing probinsya ay yung may pera kpa ba? Laging sinasagot ng player wala na po coach sarili mong pera na galing sa bulsa mo yung binibigay mo sakanila. Yung tipong pinaparamdam mo hndi lang basta coach pinaramdam mo din samin na parang tatay ka namin kasi alam mo malalayo kamibsa pamilya namin. Coach A. Simula nung nakilala kita naging coach kita lahat ng pananaw ko sa buhay nag-iba. Lahat ng mga duda ko sa sarili ko kung kakayanin ko ba o hndi nag-iba. Lahat ng pagsubok na dumaan sa buhay ko hanggang ngayon hindi na ako nagduda sa sarili ko. Kasi tinuruan mo akong maging palaban at kayanin lahat. Sa lahat ng mga mura at suntok mo saaming mga player mo ramdam namin kung gaano mo kami gusto e push pa sa kakayanan namin. Haaayyyys😭💔 Ang mas nakakalungkot pa lalo is yung panu ka po kaya namin madalaw dahil sa mga nangyayari ngayon. Panu po kaya namin madamayan ang pamilya mo coach☹️ i pray na sana makagawa kami ng paraan para makasama ka namin coach at ang pamily mo. Again thank you for everything coach Aric!! You will be missed! And you will be always in our hearts! We Love you coach!!