Dimaunahan submits application, showing interest to coach UST Tigers
Former PBA player and UST alumnus Aris Dimaunahan join the long list of potential next head coach of the Growling Tigers.
Dimaunahan submitted on Monday his letter of intent addressed to UST athletic director Fr. Ermito De Sagon O.P. in the hope of helping his alma mater “in any way I can.”
The 42-year-old native of Lipa, Batangas joined Siot Tanquingcen, Chris Cantonjos, Estong Ballesteros, Gilbert Lao, Ed Cordero, and Potit De Vera in the list of familiar names who the UST alumni have vouched for to take the post left by the former mentor Aldin Ayo.
The Manila Bulletin said in a report, UST alumni want to bring in familiar faces to help the squad rise from the ashes.
Dimaunahan was endorsed by the alumni despite not having a chance to play in UAAP and believed to be qualified for the vacated job as he has a good track record despite a short stint as interim coach of Blackwater in the PBA last year.
Meanwhile, reports said that Dimaunahan asked for Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy’s blessing before officially submitting his application. He was known for being one of the deputies of coach Nash Racela with the Elite.
“Very supportive si Boss Deo and happy also,” Dimaunahan shared.
While still in UST, he played in the 1995 Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC), now FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship, in Seoul, South Korea.
Dimaunahan also became part of the Philippine Youth basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1996 Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA)
The 6-foot guard played pro ball for more than a decade, joining the lineups of teams such as Barangay Ginebra, Air21, Coca-Cola, Barako Bull, and Alaska. He last played for San Miguel in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) from 2011 to 2013.
Dimaunahan began his coaching stunt shortly upon his retirement as a pro player, serving as one of Leo Austria’s assistants with Blackwater.
He was also one of the early deputies of multi-titled coach Pat Aquino with the National University Lady Bulldogs and the Philippine women’s team.
Dimaunahan’s records showed his credibility as a potential head coach of the España-based squad.
Despite the exit of Growling Tigers’ standouts after the Sorsogon training bubble controversy, Dimaunahan is still interested in rebuilding the crumbling Tigers’ lair.