Aldin Ayo set for PBA coaching debut at Converge

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 10) – Winning collegiate head coach Aldin Ayo will take his coaching expertise at the professional level after he was tapped to coach PBA's Converge FiberXers, the team announced in a statement on Wednesday.

"The PBA is a challenge that every coach on the rise dreams of taking on. We are confident that Coach Ayo's nose and instinct for the game's nuances will transform the FiberXers' brand of play into a consistently competitive and exciting kind worthy of the Filipino fans' approval and following," Converge team manager and team governor Chito Salud said.

Ayo revealed that his mother convinced him to accept the offer to coach Converge.

The Sorsogon-born mentor stated in previous media reports he had been reluctant to take over the post from Jeff Cariaso since his mother was diagnosed with cancer.

"She said she doesn't want to see me just sitting around the house," Ayo said.

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Ayo promised to carry his winning mentality to Converge, which he put on display when he coached his alma mater Colegio De San Juan De Letran Knights in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the De La Salle University Green Archers and University of Santo Tomas in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.

"Heading the team isn't an achievement for me. It's actually a responsibility. Rest assured, we're going to do our best and hopefully, it'll be enough to win us a championship," said Ayo.

Converge player Kevin Racal, whom Ayo coached during their 2015 NCAA title run in Letran, shared what his teammates can expect from Ayo's coaching system.

"He wants his players to be ready to defend. Anyone can score, but defense is more important. Hopefully, we can win many championships with him here," Racal said.

Aside from Racal, Ayo will also be reunited with his former La Salle players Jeron Teng and Abu Tratter in the FiberXers camp.

Converge team owner Dennis Anthony Uy expressed his excitement on how Ayo will lead the young team to a successful run in the future.

"We have young players with energy and potential who are ready to compete as a team still finding chemistry and its identity. We believe Coach Ayo has the background to develop these players into an exciting and cohesive unit," Uy said.

Ayo is expected to make his PBA head coaching debut when the 2022 Commissioner's Cup kicks off in September.