Virgilio "Baby" A. Dalupan (born October 19, 1923) is a Filipino former basketball coach and player. Dubbed The Maestro, Dalupan is best known for his lengthy coaching tenure with the Crispa Redmanizers
As head coach, Dalupan garnered a career total of 46 basketball championships.
During his 16-year Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) career (1975-1991), Dalupan won 15 PBA championship titles, the most by any PBA coach until February 26, 2014, when Tim Cone won his 16th PBA championship during the 2013–14 PBA Philippine Cup. Dalupan’s record of 15 PBA titles was unmatched for 23 years (1990-2013) until Cone tied Dalupan’s record on October 26, 2013 during the 2013 PBA Governors' Cup. Both were coaching the same PBA franchise when they won their respective 15th championship. Coincidentally, Dalupan's fifteenth PBA championship was against Cone, then coaching Alaska.
Dalupan began his coaching career in 1955 with the University of the East Red Warriors, taking over Gabby Fajardo. In his debut, the Red Warriors won the 1955 National Intercollegiate championship. Dalupan won his first UAAP Basketball Championship during the 1957-1958 season and his first back-to-back the following season (1958-1959). He won his second back-to-back in the 1962-1963 and 1963-1964 seasons. His unparalleled feat in the UAAP was winning seven straight seasons from 1965-1966 to 1971-1972. He ended his tenure with the Red Warriors after the 1971-1972 season with a total of twelve UAAP and six Intercollegiate championships.
Dalupan also served as the university’s athletic director from 1964 to 1986.
In 1962, Dalupan began his long association with the Crispa Redmanizers. His 20-year partnership with team owner Danny Floro was the longest and most fruitful in the history of Philippine basketball.
Dalupan was to achieve greater success after Crispa joined the PBA in 1975. He piloted the Redmanizers to its first grand slam in 1976. During the 1980 All-Filipino Conference, the Redmanizers held a 19-game winning streak, the most by any PBA team in a conference. Dalupan ended his tenure with Crispa after the 1982 PBA season with a total of nine PBA championships over an eight-year period.
Dalupan joined the Great Taste Discoverers as team consultant during the Reinforced Conference of the 1983 PBA season. He was named head coach in the following conference (1983 Open), replacing Jimmy Mariano. From 1984 to 1987, Dalupan led the franchise to a total of five PBA championships. During the 1989 season, Dalupan was elevated as team manager. He left the franchise in April 1989, accepting an offer to coach Purefoods.
Dalupan joined his final PBA team, Purefoods, in April 1989. He won Purefoods its first PBA title (his single title with Purefoods and his 15th overall) during the 1990 PBA Third Conference Finals, overcoming a 0-2 deficit against Alaska, duplicating his feat with Crispa in 1976. This was to be Dalupan’s 15th and final PBA championship.
On April 18, 1991, following a 124-107 loss to Shell at the close of the first round of the 1991 PBA First Conference semifinals, Dalupan tendered his resignation due to differences with Purefoods management. His resignation from the team marked the end of his coaching career.
Dalupan coached the Veterans team during the first PBA All-Star Weekend held on June 4, 1989. This game marked the public reconciliation between Robert Jaworski and Ramon Fernandez. With four seconds remaining in the game and a tied score, Dalupan called a time out and drew the final play. Jaworski inbounded the ball and gave the pass to Fernandez who streaked past Benjie Paras and made a twisting "elegant" shot for the two point win, 132-130. After the buzzer sounded, Dalupan immediately brought the two together to shake hands.
In July 3, 2012, the University of the East paid tribute to Dalupan during the first UE Red Warriors homecoming held at the university campus wherein he was conferred the UE Golden Global Award, made an honorary UE alumnus emeritus and presented with a La-Z-Boy recliner.