BROTHERS Derrick and Dindo Pumaren head the ‘wishlist’ of University of the East for the head coaching position left vacant following the sacking of Boycie Zamar, according to school insider.
The Pumarens are high on the list of coaches being considered by the school to take over the reins following the shock departure of Zamar, who was given the pink slip as Red Warriors head coach.
Former Letran coach Louie Alas, former UE coach Lawrence Chongson, and even Red Warriors legend Robert Jaworski have also been mentioned in the coaching hunt by the school.
Derrick Pumaren, however, looms as a strong candidate mainly because of his vast coaching experience as well as his previous ties with the school, member of the Red Warriors in the early 1970s.
“Gusto nila ng alumnus,” said the source who refused to be named.
A veteran coach who has won championships in the PBA and the old PBL, Derrick was a consultant when younger brother Dindo called the shots for UE from 2003 to 2008.
Dindo also became the head coach of La Salle when another brother, Franz, resigned after the 2009 season to run for a congressional seat in Quezon City.
The Pumaren brothers, sons of former UE player and coach Pilo, were last spotted during last year’s Fiba-Asia Championship where they were consultant of the Hong Kong national team.
While he is on the list, Jaworski is unlikely to be interested. Incidentally, the ‘Big J’ is being eyed by the school as the basketball commissioner for Season 77.