Eric Altamirano, the coach who ended National University’s 60-year title drought in 2014, tendered his resignation after failing to steer the Bulldogs to the Final Four.
NU board representative Chito Loyzaga confirmed the courtesy resignation, adding that school owner Hans Sy and team manager Manny Sy are set to meet to discuss the next step.
That step is either to convince Altamirano to stay on or begin the process of searching for a new successor.
Altamirano, who has been at the helm since 2011, quit after a season that saw the Bulldogs miss the semis with a 5-9 record, marred by a 6-game losing skid after winning four of their first six games.
“I think coach Eric wanted to give management a free hand in deciding the future of the team,” Loyzaga told Tempo.
Since taking over from Eric Gonzales, Altamirano has guided NU to four Final Four appearances, including the improbable title run in 2014.