AT least for this one special day, longtime best pals Jong Uichico and Siot Tanquingcen will be working together again on the sidelines.
The partnership that produced four PBA championships take a trip down memory lane when they join forces again and share their knowledge to aspiring coaches.
Tanquingcen is holding a one-day coaching clinic on June 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Poveda gym and he is tapping the services of one of the coaches he admits is very close to him.
“Si Jong kasi ang pinakamatagal kong kasama talaga eh, madami kaming pinagdaanan pati championships. Siyempre pag dumadaan ka sa ganun, lalong lumalim ang bonding niyo talaga,” Tanquincen said.
The two coaches have long been together with San Miguel Corp. until Uichico decided to leave after 30 years with the organization. He later joined the Meralco Bolts team of sportsman-businessman Manny V. Pangilinan.
But even now that they belong to different teams, Tanquingcen still looks forward to working together with Uichico.
“Oo naman, kahit matagal ko nang kasama si coach Jong, marami pa rin akong natutunan sa kanya. Masaya pa siya at magaang ka-trabaho,” he added.
“Pero syempre, masaya ako sa mga kasamahan ko ngayon. Okay makisama sina coach Al (Chua) and Juno (Sauler), and `yung buong staff ng Ginebra,” said Tanquicen, who’s currently part of Ginebra’s coaching pool.
Holding a coaching clinic has long been planned by the two.
“Ito kasi `yung matagal na naming pinag-usapan ni coach Jong, `yung i-share naman sa iba kung ano ang kaalaman namin,” said Tanquincen.
“Syempre kasi, aminin natin ang mga college at high school coaches ngayon, hindi naman ganun kalaki ang sweldo para ma-afford ang training abroad o pagbili ng mga videos at babasahin,” added the soft-spoken mentor.
Perhaps the event may be one of the biggest coaching clinic in the country with Uichico and Tanquingcen being joined by former fellow national mentor Rajko Toroman in sharing their knowledge and technical know-hows in basketball coaching.
Uichico will share tactical approach on defense and match-ups on zoning, while Toroman will delve on practice planning and offensive principle.
Aside from the two coaches and Tanquincen, the clinic will also have a thorough discussion and demonstration to be highlighted by an injury prevention tutorial by Ginebra San Miguel physical therapist Aspi Calogapi.
Calogapi is a Master in Sports Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, Australia.
The clinic will only cost P300.
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