UST's Varsitarian: Ayo to coach Growling Tigers for next six years

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27) — Aldin Ayo is moving to the Tigers' lair.

The 40-year-old champion coach is set to join the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, according to the school's official student publication.

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The Varsitarian in a tweet on Friday morning said Ayo "will coach the Growling Tigers for the next six years."

The school paper said officials from the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics will make the official announcement on January 11.

This will be the second time in a span of three collegiate basketball seasons that Ayo will move from a different school.

Ayo previously spent one year with the Letran Knights, where he won an NCAA crown, before moving over to La Salle in 2015.

The fiery tactician on Wednesday explained why he chose to stay silent after speculation about his departure spread online.

"The reason why I kept mum is because of an agreement not to disclose any information before the 1st week of January or until the school makes its official statement," Ayo said.

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Ayo handed La Salle a championship Season 79 of the UAAP. But the Green Archers failed to defend their crown this season, losing to the Ateneo Blue Eagles. La Salle compiled a 30-5 record under Ayo's tutelage.

But it was with the Letran Knights where Ayo perfected his 'Mayhem' system. The mayhem defense is the defensive strategy employed by Ayo to trap opponents on both ends of the floor.

Ayo ended 10 years of frustration for Letran by winning the NCAA title in 2015. The Knights stunned the San Beda Red Lions in Season 91.