UNIVERSITY of the Philippines is not inclined to make any change in the Maroons' head-coaching position despite a call by team manager Dan Palami for a ‘top-to-bottom’ revamp of the UAAP minnows.
UP College of Human Kinetics dean Ronnie Dizer said the school has no plan to replace head coach Rey Madrid and has not talked to any other candidate despite another sorry 1-13 (win-loss) campaign in the collegiate basketball league.
“We are prioritizing Rey and we want to see his program,” Dizer told Spin.ph on Saturday. “We have not talked to any person who will replace anyone in the coaching staff.”
Palami, who became UP’s team manager at the start of Season 77, told Spin.ph on Friday that the UP head-coaching position should be 'virtually vacated' and opened to other candidates.
Dizer, however, hinted that additions to the coaching staff, and not a change of the head coach, is what the UP men’s basketball program is needs at the moment as he doesn’t believe changing Madrid is necessary.
“Revamp naman is in terms of kung ano ang kulang ng coaching staff, paano i-define ang kanilang mga roles para maliwanag,” Dizer said. “But with regards to the coach, we are giving (Madrid) the priority to submit a program and improve the program."
Dizer said he believes in continuity but at the same time said he is 'open' to changes.
Hindi naman tayo masyadong naniniwala na every year dapat magpalit ng coach. Siyempre gusto mo rin makita na may program.
“Open minded kami sa changes pero kung may pagbabago ka na gustong mangyari, you have to assess everything but it doesn’t follow na tatangalin mo ‘yung coaching staff. Tulungan mo muna at i-guide mo muna,” said Dizer.
Dizer, however, made it clear the inputs of Palami are very much welcome by UP management and his comments this week have been duly noted by the school.
“We have to work together. Hindi naman linagay si Dan diyan just to put his money in. Binibigyan ko rin naman ng respeto at pagpapahalaga ‘yung mga inputs niya lalo na’t na-prove na niya sarili niya as a sports manager.
"Gusto lang naman niya ng may stability sa program,” said Dizer.