JOHNEDEL Cardel and Erick Gonzales are the frontrunners for the head coaching job of Globalport following the promotion of Pido Jarencio as the team’s new head of basketball operations.
Gonzales served as longtime deputy of Jarencio while Cardel, an assistant team manager, called the shots for the Batang Pier during their final elimination round game in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup - a 125-118 win over Phoenix.
Gonzales meanwhile, handled the team in an interim capacity during last year’s Philippine and Commissioner’s Cup, when he took over the job from Jarencio, who was named team consultant.
Jarencio later assumed his old post and steered the franchise to a first ever semifinal stint in this season’s Philippine Cup when Globalport upset Barangay Ginebra in a do-or-die quarterfinal playoff.
SPIN.ph has earlier reported that Gonzales has been picked the new coach by GlobalPort management, which is also set to bring in current Adamson coach Franz Pumaren as a consultant.
But injuries to the team’s deadly duo of Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo hurt the Batang Pier’s campaign in the mid-season tournament, where they finished with a woeful 3-9 record that necessitated another coaching change.
In a statement, GlobalPort owner Mikee Romero said he’s grateful for all the work Jarencio has done for the franchise.
“I’m very thankful for Pido for all the sacrifices he made and for helping us reach the semis of the Philippine Cup,” said Romero.
“Pido will remain with the team, in fact he will be more active because he has been named chief of our basketball operations,” said GlobaPort board representative Erick Arejola. “Pido’s main task is to make the team more competitive.”
A search committee has also been formed to pick a replacement for Jarencio, with Cardel, a former national team member and PBA player, and Gonzales leading the candidates.
Jarencio accepted his new role, saying: “I’m happy I’m still a part of the team, thankful ako kay Mr. Romero for the opportunity.”
Arejola said they are now in the process of selecting who really is the right coach for the team.
“He may not be a veteran in the business but he should possess the convincing power of a veteran,” added Arejola.