December 02, 2023

Bo Perasol sets timeline, sort of, for taking on role of UP athletics director

Bo Perasol sets timeline, sort of, for taking on role of UP athletics director

It’s not just basketball anymore for Bo Perasol.

This after Perasol was named University of the Philippines’ director of the new Office for Athletics and Sports Development (OASD) on Wednesday.

The former Fighting Maroons program director will now oversee all sports teams across eight campuses, and he couldn’t help but be thrilled with the appointment.

“Actually, very mixed ang emotions ko dahil sa enormity ng trabaho. There are over 700 student-athletes sa Diliman pa lang and ang intensyon ko talaga is to get to know each of them para matutunan natin how to move forward 'di lang para sa kanila kundi para rin sa future student-athletes,” said Perasol, the first-ever to hold such position.

"Ang gusto nating mangyari is maging handa yung opisina to really cater to the needs of UP student-athletes. Mixed emotions, pero mostly excited din kasi ngayon, ang task ko is not just to oversee the basketball program, but all of UP programs."

Perasol, though, is not expecting to stay long as director.

"I'm not expecting to stay long as OASD Director. First and foremost, I just want na ma-institutionalize ‘yung pag-aalaga sa lahat ng student-athletes sa lahat ng UP. If we do that, I'll be more than happy," he said.

The amiable official has seen it all. From being a Fighting Maroon himself, to helping the team rise from obscurity and contend for championships.

With him at the helm, the success with basketball will rub off on the other UP teams.