Pido Jarencio back as GlobalPort coach for a third time as Pumaren takes leave
Pido Jarencio started his third tour of duty as GlobalPort coach during the draft. Jerome Ascano

GLOBALPORT is bringing back a familiar figure at the helm of the team come the PBA 43rd season.

Alfredo 'Pido' Jarencio will call the shots anew for the Batang Pier as he takes over from Franz Pumaren, who took a one-year leave of absence to focus on his job with the Adamson Falcons.

Jarencio officially began his third tour of duty as GlobalPort coach on Sunday when he led the team during the 2017 rookie draft at the Robinson's Place in Manila.

"Yes, he is our coach again," confirmed Globalport alternate governor Eric Arejola to

The Globalport executive said the coaching deal with Jarencio is still being discussed, although he doesn't see any problem with the PBA great, who was the team's basketball operations chief prior to re-assuming the coaching job.

Jarencio was the most succesful coach to handle the Batang Pier, having steered the team to a first-ever semifinal appearance in franchise history during the 2016 Philippine Cup.

On its way to the semis, Globalport survived Barangay Ginebra in a do-or-die quarterfinal.

The former Ginebra guard, who left Univesity of Santo Tomas to coach GlobalPort in 2014, was replaced by his deputy Eric Gonzales briefly before getting reinstated later that season.

Jarencio tabbed Robert Herndon and Andreas Cahilig in the first and second rounds of the draft respectively, but the team later sent the two to Star in exchange for Lervin Flores, Joseph Gabayni and Julian Sargeant.

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