AN Ateneo team official was quick to douse speculation that multi-titled coach Chot Reyes is being eyed for the Blue Eagles coaching job, saying the school hasn't even launched a search since Bo Perasol stepped down.
Ateneo team manager Epok Quimpo issued the denial a day after a reshuffle of the heads of the major companies under the Metro Pacific Investments group had Reyes stepping down as head of Sports5, replaced by former broadcaster Patricia Hizon.
Reyes is a former national coach and a five-time winner of the PBA Coach of the Year award.
Quimpo, a former Ateneo guard turned corporate man, pointed out that only matters concerning the companies belonging to conglomerate headed by Manny V. Pangilinan were discussed during a meeting over the weekend.
As for the search for a new Ateneo coach, Quimpo said team management still has to complete a list of candidates which he said should be finalized in the meeting between the school’s elders and Pangilinan.
“Hindi pa alam kung paano ang magiging selection process. Kasi pwedeng mag-form ng screening committee, pwede ring ala-La Salle na mag-a-appoint na lang,” he said.
The Baliuag, Bulacan native bared that should the school decide to go through a thorough selection process, a screening committee will be formed to identify the candidates.
“Dun kami magbubuo ng selection committee, kukunin yun mula sa alumni at sa athletic department ng school, may four to five persons (na members) yun,” he said.
Quimpo also refused to divulge a list of prospects, although speculations arose that among the candidates are PBA legend Ronnie Magsanoc, former PBA grand slam coach Norman Black, Meralco Bolts assistant coach Luigi Trillo and Alaska assistant mentor Louie Alas.