UST coach Pido Jarencio is a product of the old school of basketball where everything is predicated on toughness. No wonder his outspoken nature and no-nonsense approach have made quite a statement in the pampered world of collegiate coaching, where most coaches bend their principles to keep their jobs.
The street-wise Pido learned his tough ways from the late great Charlie Badion, his coach at UST during the eighties, and the Living Legend himself Sonny Jaworski, who brought out the best in the former Goldie in what turned out to be the glory years of Pido's pro career with Ginebra.
Both hardcourt heroes taught Jarencio the finer points of the no-nonsense style of coaching, which he now applies with great success at UST.
Never given a chance to advance beyond the elims after Jerick Teng suffered a shoulder injury, the UST Tigers took Game One against an equally tough De La Salle while being guided by their Coach Pido's three Ps - PUSO PRIDE and PALABAN.