Aric del Rosario

Januario "Aric" del Rosario (January 5, 1940 – March 25, 2020) was a Filipino basketball player and coach who served as head coach of the UST Growling Tigers in the UAAP, Pampanga Dragons in the Metropolitan Basketball Association, the 2003 RP Men's Team in the Southeast Asian Games, and of the UPHSD Altas from 2012-2015; until he retired and was made a consultant of the team in the NCAA. He was also a consultant and assistant Coach of Toyota-Balintawak Road Kings in the Philippine Basketball League. He was the commissioner of the NCAA (Philippines) from 2009-2011. [1]

As a UST player, del Rosario was part of the 1964 Glowing goldies team that won the UAAP Basketball Championship that year together with Hector Hipolito, the coach of the Adamson team that battled UST in its last game of the eliminations of the 1993 season en route to the rare sweep, 14-0, that made UST the automatic champions that year.

Coaching careerEdit

University of Santo TomasEdit

Under his tutelage, University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers won 4 straight championships in the 90's starting in 1993 up to 1996 and during that time they earned the reputation of being the best college team of the 90's playing an excellent brand of basketball and produced players who became successful in their basketball careers. The first championship was won via a 14–0 sweep the year before the Final Four format was introduced in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). In the next three championships, they will beat the De La Salle Green Archers to make a dynasty in the UAAP. In 1997, their dreams of a 5-peat were spoiled as they lose to the De La Salle Green Archers (their finals opponent from 1994-1996) in the final 4 despite UST holding the twice to beat advantage against La Salle. It also signaled the end of the 4-year dominance of UST. In 1999, UST made it again to the finals with a 12–2 win-loss card only to lose again this time to a familiar foe, the De La Salle Green Archers courtesy of the game-tying three-point shot by Dino Aldeguer to send the game into overtime. In 2001, UST wasn't able to play in the final 4 for the first time in school's history (the format was implemented in 1994) but came back in 2002 together with Cyrus Baguio. The following year, UST didn't reach the final 4 for the second time and it signaled the end of his long coaching reign and later he was replaced by his assistant coach Nel Parado.

Philippine Basketball AssociationEdit

He served as an assistant coach to teams like the Alaska Aces and Talk 'N Text Phone Pals.


Del Rosario was tasked to coach the Pampanga Dragons in 1998, the inaugural year of the MBA. He gave Pamapanga its first championship by beating the Negros Slashers in 5 games of their Best of 7 National Championship. It is also the last championship for Pampanga as the league disbanded in 2002.

Philippine national teamEdit

He successfully defended the throne for the Philippines as they beat Indonesia for the Gold Medal in the 2003 Southeast Asian Games despite having injured key players in his lineup.

NCAA recordEdit

Season Team Eliminations Playoffs
W L PCT Finish PG W L PCT Results
2012 UPHSD 10 8 .556 4th 2 1 1 .500 Won over JRU in the 4th-Seed Playoff,Lost to San Beda in the Semifinals
2013 UPHSD 11 7 .611 4th 2 0 2 .000 Lost to San Sebastian in the 3rd-Seed Playoff, Lost to San Beda in the Semifinals
2014 UPHSD 12 6 .667 4th 2 0 2 .000 Lost to JRU in the 3rd-Seed Playoff, Lost to San Beda in the Semifinals
2015 UPHSD 11 7 .611 6th Missed the Playoffs
Totals 44 28 .611 6 1 5 .167 0 championships

Personal lifeEdit

The Del Rosario family is a basketball inclined family. Coach Aric's sons are involved in basketball. Edsel is a former player at UST while Lester is also a former player and former assistant coach to the JRU Heavy Bombers. His grandson, Zach (Lester's son) goes with him and his dad in UPHSD basketball practices and the young Del Rosario is showing a passion for basketball.


Coach Aric died on March 25, 2020 in Manila, Philippines, he was 80 years old.[2]


  1. ^ "KL Dragons to join Fr Martin Summer Cup as guest team". GMA News. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  2. ^ White, Herbert L. (March 26, 2020). "Aric del Rosario, founder of UST's UAAP basketball dynasty, passes away". The Philippine Star. Retrieved March 28, 2020.