Ricky Dandan resigns as Columbian Dyip head coach
Ricky Dandan has stepped down as head coach of Columbian Dyip on Monday.
In a statement posted by Lyn Olavario of ESPN5 on Twitter, Dandan cited that the reason for his resignation is for him to fully focus on his job as assistant coach of the University of the Philippines’ men’s basketball team.
“This is to officially announce my resignation as Head Coach of the Columbian Dyip in the PBA. I have arrived at this decision after much thought and consideration,” the statement read. “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.”
“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 our quest for the Final Four this forthcoming UAAP Season.”
Dandan was appointed head coach of the Kia franchise two games into the 2018 Philippine Cup as he took over from Chris Gavina.
Under Dandan’s watch, the team recorded a 5-17 card, including a 4-7 mark in the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup.
Dandan went on to thank the Columbian management, his coaching staff and players.
“I therefore convey my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Columbian Dyip Management led by Governor Bobby Rosales and Team Manager Joe Lipa for having had confidence in me 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. This led to our improved performance in the Commissioner’s Cup.”
“Moreover, I would also like to express appreciation for my co-coaches Art Dela Cruz, Johndel Cardel, Manu Hoque, Emerson Colina, Bert Dela Rosa. Our assistant manager Doc Iby Bautista, Elvin Badlonado, Bong Nave as well as all the members of our support group. Most of all, I am deeply grateful to all of our players. It was an honor and a privilege to have served them.”
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