NU accepts Altamirano resignation, begins search for new coach
MANILA, Philippines – National University has accepted the resignation of Bulldogs coach Eric Altamirano, the school's athletics director Chito Loyzaga announced Wednesday, December 7.
"Management has already accepted the resignation of coach Eric Altamirano," Loyzaga said right before Game 2 of the UAAP Season 79 men's basketball finals.
He went on to express the school's gratitude to Altamirano and what he's done for the community.
"On behalf of NU, we would also like to thank coach Eric for his contributions to the NU community, particularly the championship that he spearheaded," Loyzaga said. "It was a championship that NU got after 60 years. It’s a memorable one for the NU community."
Loyzaga said he had not read Altamirano's resignation letter and therefore does not know the specific reason the coach cited for leaving the Bulldogs. Altamirano reportedly submitted his letter towards the end of November and resigned together with his entire coaching staff.
NU management is officially accepting applications for the head coaching position as of Wednesday. Loyzaga said they expect to evaluate applicants through the holiday break and come up with a shortlist soon after.
The school hopes to make an announcement of its new coach by early- to mid-January.
"Any interested parties should submit their CV or resume to the athletics department at NU, perhaps in the next week," Loyzaga said.
The Bulldogs, who failed to make the Final Four this season after initially being expected to do so, are currently on holiday break and focusing on their classes.
Altamirano handled the team for 6 seasons and led them to their first UAAP championship in 60 years in 2014.
He steered NU to 4 straight Final Four appearance from Season 75 to 78 before underperforming in Season 79 with a 6-game losing skid that effectively knocked them out of contention from the semifinals with a 5-9 record. – Rappler.com