By Adrian Stewart Co
Former University of Santo Tomas (UST) basketball coach Aric del Rosario, who steered the team to four consecutive UAAP championships in the 1990s, died yesterday afternoon from a cardiac arrest. He was 80 years old.
He led UST to the championship from 1993 to 1996 with now-retired PBA player Dennis Espino and Chris Cantonjos on the 1993 squad that scored a 14-game sweep that season.
Prior to coaching, he played for UST in the 1960s.
Meanwhile, he also served as long time deputy for then-Alaska Aces head coach Tim Cone
Del Rosario also mentored the Pampanga Dragons to the championship in the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association; won gold as coach of Team Philippines in the 2003 Southeast Asian Games; led University of Perpetual Help System DALTA-Atlas to the NCAA final four; and, most recently, coached the Parañaque Patriots int he Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League./ASC, WDJ