A DAY after signing a two-year deal to be the new coach of GlobalPort, Pido Jarencio has vowed to bring his no-nonsense approach to a team still in search of its own identity in the PBA.
One of the most colorful coaches in the college game during his eight-year stint as coach of the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, Jarencio laid down his rule when it comes to players as he takes on his first head-coaching job in the pro league.
"Alam ko naman 'yun, pero syempre kakausapin ko sila. Kakatukin natin ang ulo pag may matitigas ang ulo sa kanila, sanay ako sa ganyan," the former Ginebra star said laughing.
"Lahat naman ng team ... Miski naman sa UST, may mga matitigas din ang ulo. Pero sa umpisa lang naman 'yan. Basta nalaman nila at nagkasundo kami sa gusto ko at gusto nila, aayos 'yan," he added.
Jarencio, formerly an assistant coach at Petron, said he has never failed to improve the attitude of so-called 'headcase players.'
"Mahirap ako subukan ... Sa akin ang kailangan lang sumunod ka. Dadaan sila sa akin sa pagsubok," he said. "Pag masaya ka at sumusunod ka, aalagaan kita. 'Pag hindi, magkakahiwalay tayo."
He declined to give the names of former UST players whose attitude he was able to improve.
"Basta sila (UST players) na lang tanungin mo, alam na nila 'yun," he said.
As for GlobalPort's current lineup, Jarencio said he is giving everyone a clean slate, adding he still has to personally get to know most of his players.
Former UST star Jeric Teng confided how Jarencio puts premium on discipline in his coaching style.
"Madisiplina talaga si coach Pido. Simple lang naman gusto niya ... kailangang sumunod ka sa gusto niya. 'Yun lang 'yun. Mabait naman siya. Nagpapatawa pa nga yan after ka niya mapagalitan," said Teng, who played for five seasons under Jarencio at the UST camp.
Meanwhile, Jarencio said he will closely coordinate with management regarding possible movements for the team, although he admitted seeing several holes in the team that should be addressed if possible.
"May kulang pa tayo siguro sa guard at saka sa off-guard spot," he said, even if Globalport already has a slew of quality backcourt talent in Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia and Solomon Mercado.
"Titignan ko muna. Tapos makikipag-usap ako sa management. Kasi sila naman masusunod dyan, respeto naman kay boss Mikee (Romero). Sila bumuo niyan eh," Jarencio said.
"Basta aayusin lang natin. Kasi si Boss Mikee disappointed din siya (sa performance ng team). So kung disappointed ang may ar, may kailangan talagang gawin," he added.