NATIONAL University chairman Hans Sy on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Jamike Jarin as head coach of the Bulldogs, saying he wants to see a 'change in strategy and style' upon the hiring of the former San Beda coach.
“Yes, I am confirming Jamike Jarin. It’s Jamike Jarin (as the new Bulldogs head coach),” said Sy in a message to SPIN.ph, which came just hours after San Beda officially bid goodbye to the coach who led the Red Lions to the NCAA championship last season.
Although Sy said he did not personally pick Jarin, the SM Prime Holdings president said the transfer of the youthful coach to the Bulldogs’ camp was part of his demand to the team management.
Jarin, a former coach of Batang Gilas, takes the place of Eric Altamirano, who led the Bulldogs to its first UAAP title in 60 years back in 2014 but failed to steer the school to the Final Four last season after a 5-9 (win-loss) stint in the eliminations.
“I just told our management that I want to see change of strategy and style,” he said.
Since acquiring more than 60 percent share of NU in 2008, the Sys have turned the Bulldogs into perennial title contender in almost every field.
NU has dominated the UAAP cheerleading championship over the last four years aside from stamping its class in women’s basketball (2014-2016), volleyball (men’s, boys’ and girls’), beach volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, badminton and baseball.
Sy, however, said he merely put a stamp of approval on the decision of the Bulldogs team management led by athletic director Chito Loyzaga after a thorough review of the candidates.
“I actually authorized my management to do the review of choices and accepted their recommendation,” said the head of the popular SM mall chain.
The transfer of Jarin to NU will not only signal a new beginning for NU, it also marks a coup of sorts for the SM Group of Companies after it managed to lure away a top coaching prospect from the camp of Manny V. Pangilinan.
Until his transfer to NU, Jarin not only coached MVP-backed San Beda but also handled the national youth team while serving as an assistant coach of Meralco.