AFTER he was officially named new the Perpetual Help coach last Tuesday, Mike Saguiguit can’t wait to hit the ground running for the Altas.
“I am very thankful and honored to serve my alma mater,” Saguiguit told Malaya-Business Insight.
“The team is still intact,” he added.
Saguiguit, who took over from former tactician Frankie Lim, is training his sights on steering the Las Piñas-based five to its first NCAA title since joining the league in 1984.
“Sa pocket tournaments lang ng Perpetual ako nakapaglaro noong college ako. Batchmates ko sila Jim de Vega, Jojo Manalo and Milo Bonifacio,” Saguiguit said.
“My goal is to give pride and glory for my alma mater.”
Lim stepped down last September after the team failed to fulfill its financial obligations to the four-time champion coach.
The Altas’ athletics program was reportedly shut down last May due to the financial repercussions brought about by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Saguiguit, 46, also called the shots for the Junior Altas last season. He is also coaching Olivarez College in the UCBL and the Parañaque Patriots in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.
Joph Cleofas, one of Saguiguit’s deputies, was tapped to call the shots for the Junior Altas.
Parading a young core built around Anthony Peralta, Jielo Razon, and Kim Aurin after the graduation of former MVP and Nigerian center Prince Eze, the Altas wound up with a 5-13 record for seventh in the last NCAA cage wars.