San Beda University is in the final stretch of finding its new Red Lions head coach.
And the final four candidates are Aldin Ayo, Frankie Lim, Louie Alas, and Jojo Lastimosa, according to multiple sources closely monitoring the situation.
Of course, Ayo is the leading candidate to take the post.
The 44-year-old native of Sorsogon is a one-time NCAA and one-time UAAP champion coach. Also going for him is that he studied in San Beda for one year, taking up AB Philosophy from 1995-96 before transferring to Letran.
However, there are two veteran coaches also on the radar of San Beda’s management – Lim and Alas.
Lim coached San Beda from 2007-11, leading the school to four NCAA crowns.
In 2012, however, San Beda let go of Lim after he and some Red Lions players figured in an all-out brawl with San Sebastian Lady Stags head coach Roger Gorayeb inside the school’s Mendiola campus.
Lim was reinstated by the league six years after the incident, as he was tapped by University of Perpetual Help System DALTA. There, he got a couple of players from San Beda, including Ben Adamos.
Alas, meanwhile, is a three-time NCAA champion coach as he was the head coach of Colegio de San Juan de Letran from 2002-12.
Alas, a product of Adamson, has been a free agent after being let go by PBA team Phoenix in 2020.
The wildcard in all of this, though, is Lastimosa.
Lastimosa, 58, has been an assistant coach for MVP team NLEX since 2014. The group is looking to finally give the University of San Jose–Recoletos great the break he is waiting for in San Beda.
One of the sources within the school added that picking they are taking their time to choose the next Red Lions head coach as they are looking at each coach’s long-term program.