PIDO Jarencio and Globalport finally came to terms on a coaching contract in a partnership that hopefully could be the start of something big for the franchise in its Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) campaign.
A high-ranking source from Sultan 900 Incorporated confirmed the deal was formalized in black and white on Sunday afternoon, ending days of speculation about the coaching changes within the Batang Pier camp after Spin.ph first broke the report on the matter.
“Yes, confirmed na he has already signed with us,” said the Globalport official, who refused to be named but was present during management’s meeting with Jarencio Monday afternoon.
Asked on when the former University of Santo Tomas coach and Ginebra cager will assume his responsibilities as the team’s new mentor, the official bared "‘it will be in the next few days."
“Inaayos pa namin yung schedule, we will tell you later after the meeting. Malalaman niyo rin when our team will start practicing with him,” added the same source.
Jarencio already bid goodbye to his players at UST, ending an eight-year partnership that produced three UAAP Finals appearances, including a championship in 2006 following a stunning win over a powerhouse Ateneo Blue Eagles team.
A known winner, Globalport team owner Mikee Romero expects Jarencio to carry over to the team his winning ways as the two-year-old franchise continues to try and find its niche in Asia’s first play-for-pay league.
“Hindi naman sa pine-pressure si Pido. Pero we expect a turnaround or at least a better performance ng team with him in tow, kumpleto na ang pyesa niya. He has a good mixture of veteran and fresh legs,” said the source.
Jarencio takes over the coaching reins from interim mentor Richie Ticzon.
Under Ticzon, the Batang Pier made it to the quarterfinals of the PLDT myDSL-Philippine Cup but was quickly eliminated by second seed Rain or Shine.
With Jarencio finally assuming the Globalport job, he’s expected to field in a young roster teeming with talent such as Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia, Nico Salva, Jaypee Belencion and Justin Chua in combination with seasoned cagers Solomon Mercado, Eric Menk, and Jay Washington.