PIDO Jarencio has bid goodbye to the University of Santo Tomas men’s basketball team, saying he is leaving the Tigers to accept a PBA head-coaching job with Globalport.
A UST player who spoke on condition of anonymity told Spin.ph that Jarencio has already gathered his players on Saturday to formally inform them that he is leaving a team he coached for eight seasons - a partnership that produced one championship and three UAAP Finals appearances.
“Nagpaalam na siya sa amin na sa Globalport na siya,” said the Tigers player.
One of the most colorful coaches in college basketball, Jarencio, the player said, did away with the emotional goodbyes and kept the mood light during the meeting.
“Magaling talaga magpatawa si coach Pido eh,” said the cager.
The player also bared that Estong Ballesteros is currently holding the fort for the Tigers in the meantime. Ballesteros is a longtime Jarencio assistant and is the top candidate to take over the position once the former PBA star leaves to join the Batang Pier.
So far, no official announcement has been made by either UST or GlobalPort about Jarencio’s move to the pros, which was first reported by Spin.ph. However, sources said Jarencio has already endorsed Ballesteros for the position.
UST officials remained tightlipped about Jarencio’s impending move to the PBA.
When reached by Spin.ph on Sunday, UST’s Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) secretary Gilda Kamus, one of the school’s representative to the UAAP board, said she still has no information about Jarencio’s status with the team after contacting athletic director Fr. Ermito De Sagun.
After suiting up in the PBA for many years notably with Barangay Ginebra, Jarencio took over UST in the 2006 season where he immediately led the Tigers to a UAAP crown in a big upset over Ateneo.
The Tigers once again return to the UAAP finals in 2012 and 2013 but both came at the expense of defeats to Ateneo and De La Salle respectively.