GLOBALPORT governor Erick Arejola reiterated the team is sticking with head coach Pido Jarencio despite the Batang Pier’s woeful 2-16 win-loss record in the rookie mentor's first two conferences at the helm.
“Si Pido pa rin ang head coach ng team,” Arejola told Spin.ph on Thursday, quashing rumors that the former University of Santo Tomas head coach could be replaced, especially with Franz Pumaren suddenly becoming available after the sale of the Air21 franchise to NLEX.
Arejola, however, said the team is keeping its options open as far as beefing up the Batang Pier’s coaching staff is concerned.
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“Si Pido pa rin ang head coach ng team." Globalport governor Erick Arejola
Sources said with Pumaren’s contract with Air21 expiring next month, the multi-titled UAAP coach could be a logical target for GlobalPort in its desire to beef up its coaching staff.
“Meron naman (plan to add to the team’s coaching staff), but we haven’t gone through that yet. Mag-uusap pa lang kami with boss Mikee (Romero),” he added.
Pumaren's fate is still up in the air following the sale of the Air21 franchise to incoming PBA team NLEX, which is expected to bring up the coaching up of its multi-titled D-League team led by Boyet Fernandez.
Pumaren, however, is no stranger to the management of GlobalPort. Arejola and team manager BJ Manalo both played for Pumaren during their UAAP days in La Salle while Romero is himself a former Green Archer.
Pumaren boosted his stock after steering Air21 to the franchise’s first-ever semifinal appearance during the last Commissioner’s Cup. The Express also reached the quarterfinals in the Governors Cup, before bowing to Rain or Shine.
The former La Salle coach had a 15-24 win-loss record for Air21 this season, a huge improvement from its woeful 19-52 slate during the franchise’s first two seasons under Pumaren.