YOUR MOVE, UST: Pido once again expresses desire to return to coach Tigers
Pido wanting the Growling Tigers job is just half of the equation. UST has to want him back too.
Your move, UST.
Pido Jarencio has once again expressed his desire to return home and coach the Growling Tigers again, saying he's willing to help in restoring the school's once proud basketball program.
However, Pido wanting the job is just half of the equation. UST has to want him back too.
"Kung gusto nila ako, wala namang problema. I'll take that position. Open naman ata yun position. Kung may doubt ang UST sakin, kung ayaw nila sa akin wala namang problema nasa PBA naman ako," Jarencio said.
Pido is taking over the Globalport Batang Pier in the PBA right now with Franz Pumaren taking a leave of absence from the team.
"Pero I'm willing to help. Alam ko naman ang formula dun at sikreto dun eh," coach Pido added.
Coaching UST from 2006-2013, Jarencio led the Tigers to three Finals and one UAAP championship, earning him the love of the legion of UST fans.
Since he left, the team made it to another UAAP Finals only to fall short. However, the core of that Tigers team was still basically that one that Pido built before he moved on to the PBA.
"I was there for 8 years. Yung 8 years na program ko yung last two years ko nasa championship pareho. We fell short pero yun point na andun ka lagi, iba yun," Jarencio said.
"After ko dun yung players ko pa rin naman yung mga naiwan e, and then nagpunta na naman sila ng championship. Natutuwa ako kasi same program, akin pa rin yung mga yun. I don't take the credit away from coach Bong [dela Cruz] kasi sistema nya yun. Pero ang point ko, yun na yun e. Nabuild ko na yun, tuloy tuloy na dapat yun," he added.
With the UST program reaching rock bottom particularly in Season 80, Jarencio says it's now all about recovery for the Tigers.
And he's willing to help out if he's given the second chance.
"Yung last two years sa UST siguro destiny yan e. Kung bumagsak na ganun wala na tayong magagawa e. Ang kailanan lang recovery na lang uli," Jarencio said.
"Pero ako I'm willing to return to coaching as long as UST wants me. Kung di naman nila ko gusto anong magagawa ko?" he added.
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