Legendary Filipino Coach Rosito Andaya Dies

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Rosito Andaya

Rosito Andaya

 

Rosito Andaya

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Lets call for a moment of silence on Sundays weekly relay to remember Coach Rosito Andaya and the many ways he contributed to building Track and Field in our country. For five decades Andaya coached. Turning FEU into a power house UAAP team. One of the most prominent and prolific coaches in Philippine Track and Field History.

I may not have known him as well as the old timers but I befriended coach Andaya a few years back and my fondest memories were having deep conversations with him during meets on his in depth knowledge and love of track and field. Also his ability to identify athletes as potentials and his work with them from grass root, collegiate level and too elite.Though the work must continue, we may never see someone of his ability again.

What I admired about the old guy was his toughness despite all the mud flung at him by other coaches it never dissuaded him from doing what he loved doing and that was coaching athletes. While in fact it probably made the stubborn old man even more determined to show he still could find and produce young athletes. One of the last athletes he worked with Immuel Camino of Arellano the NCAA steeple chase champion before he suffered a stroke a few months back.

Also as testimony to his mental toughness he would say

You know what Pirie these coaches can say what they like about me and my character. But its not going to stop me from coaching and developing more athletes.

Below is an article by Mr. Ignacio Dee a long time friend and chronicler of the life times of Coach Andaya.

http://www.rappler.com/sports/university/100938-legendary-track-field-rosito-andaya-dies

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