THE desire to move to the pros was never a secret to his wards and so when the time finally came for Pido Jarencio to leave the lair, the Tigers were ready.
“Malungkot na masaya,” said veteran Kevin Ferrer, days after Jarencio formally bid goodbye to the Tigers and signed a deal with GlobalPort in the PBA.
They Said It!
“My heart stays with the Tigers and my UST Family and will always be a source of pride." - tweet by former UST coach Pido Jarencio
“Malungkot dahil matagal na kami magkasama tapos bigla siya umalis, ibang system ang gagawin namin. Pero masaya dahil andun na siya. Alam ko gustong gusto rin niya sa pro.”
They may look like orphaned cubs at first with the departure of leader Jeric Teng and now Jarencio, but Ferrer believes the current Tigers have learned enough from the outspoken coach to do well in the next seasons.
“Tulong sa akin yung nasa likod namin puso, pride, palaban. Yung kumpyansa sa sarili, sinasabi niya na huwag aayaw sa laban.”
Jarencio expressed his gratitude through Twitter, thanking the Thomasian community for the support given him during his eight-year tenure as head coach of the Tigers.
In a rare tweet through his account @pidojarencio1, the former collegiate star and PBA player said the school will always be in his heart especially after steering the Tigers to the UAAP men’s cage title in 2006 as a rookie coach and taking the squad to two more finals appearances the past two seasons.
“My heart stays with the Tigers and my UST Family and will always be a source of pride,” wrote Jarencio on his Twitter account.
Jarencio makes his PBA debut as head coach starting in the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup.
Jarencio also invited UST fans to cheer for the Batang Pier as he vowed to bring a different kind of basketball to the young franchise.
“I invite you to enjoy a different side of basketball with Globalport at the PBA,” Jarencio wrote.
Students and alumni also believe the Tigers would be able to soon return to the finals, but say the feeling will be much different without the charismatic mentor.
“It's never going to be the same again. Wala nang babasag sa pagiging seryoso ng basketball and at the same time mahihirapan ang UST to keep the identity of the team that Coach Pido has already fostered,” said Robin, a Journalism graduate.
“I feel sad because he was such a character but I think a change in system is something the team needs right now,” said Anika, a Communication Arts alumna.
“Malungkot ako dahil parang naging tatay na si Pido ng Thomasian community lalo na pagdating sa UAAP,” said Karla, who graduated in 2011. “Pero masaya rin na masusubukan talaga ang galing ng Tigers kahit sino pang coach ang ibigay sa kanila.”
“Nalungkot ako. Nag-flashback sa akin ’yung first year ako tapos first year din nya as a coach tapos champion,” said Ace, who was at the Smart Araneta Coliseum when UST won the title in 2006 against Ateneo.
“Mag-aadjust talaga ang mga UST Tigers sa kung ano man scheme or tactics na iimplement ng new coach. Malaking factor yun intensity ni Coach Pido. Hopefully maging kasing galing at charismatic nun papalit si coach Pido kasi napamahal na buong UST community sa kanya,” said Carrie of the College of Accountancy.
“Medyo nakapag-prepare na rin ako kasi di ba dapat last year pa sya umalis. Proud ako na mag-PBA coach na sya at excited for UST kasi sa pinakita naman ni coach Estong, maganda naman future ng UST,” said Max, who graduated in 2013.
"Bittersweet," said Voltaire, a Philosophy graduate. "Bilang Tomasino ang hirap isipin hindi na si Coach Pido coach natin, pero feeling ko wala na sya kailangan patunayan sa UST community.
“Binigay naman niya lahat, he deserves a shot at the big league, pangarap din naman nya 'yun. Dami na niya heartbreak, umasa din siya last year sa Barako Bull.
"Kailangan na natin siya pakawalan, para siya naman sumaya."