Basketball coach Ricky Dandan has officially resigned as head coach of the PBA team Columbian Dyip.
Based on a statement released by ESPN-5, Dandan, ‘after much thought and consideration’, decided to resign in order to concentrate on assisting the men’s basketball team of the University of the Philippine Fighting Maroons in their upcoming campaign in the UAAP.
“Since January, I have focused all of my efforts full time as Head Coach of Columbian and, when time permitted, I attended the practices of the UP Men’s Basketball Team,” Dandan said in the statement.
“My personal decision now is to concentrate all of my attention, effort and energy full time on helping coach Bo Perasol and the UP Fighting Maroons in quest for the Final Four this forthcoming UAAP season,” Dandan added.
Dandan also expressed gratitude and appreciation for team governor Bobby Rosales, and team manager Joe Lipa for having confidence to the veteran coach ‘both as a person and as a coach’.
“In spite of the difficulties of all the losses, both Governor Bobby and coach Joe showed unwavering support for the coaching staff and the team,” Dandan said.
Dandan further showed his gratitude to his co-coaches, players, and members of the supporting staff.
Dandan took over the reigns of Dyip after the departure of coach Chris Gavina in the middle of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, and, under his supervision, the team has registered four wins and seven losses in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Currently, the Columbian Dyip has yet to announce their new head coach for the ongoing mid-season conference of the PBA.