University of Perpetual Help System Dalta has tapped Philippine Azkals legend Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong as its new football coach with an eye of winning its first football NCAA title in more than two decades.
Caligdong, who has retired from national team duties four years ago, has taken over the reins from Aaron Carlos Nebreja with hopes of turning the Altas’ football fortunes.
The Las Piñas-based booters won two NCAA football titles in 1989 and 1996 but has never won another in 22 years.
His arrival is expected to turn things around for the Altas.
“We feel that a legend like Chieffy Caligdong could help us revive our football program and possibly win us an NCAA championship if not this year, but in the near future,” said Perpetual Help team owner Dr. Antonio Tamayo.
Tamayo is expected to bring in some players from his hometown Barotac Nuevo in Iloilo, which is considered the epicenter of the country’s football universe.
“He will bring in several players from Barotac Nuevo and we’re excited for the team’s future already,” said Tamayo.
Perpetual Help has been making significant recruitments to improve its sports programs overall after it tapped former champion San Beda coach Frankie Lim to take over basketball and titled mentor Macky Carino from St. Benilde to handle volleyball.