SIOT Tanquingcen is being considered for the vacant head-coaching post in National University.
Team insiders bared that the veteran mentor has already met with the Bulldogs brass led by SM Group top honcho Hans Sy and team manager Manny Sy as they continue to discuss their options for the seniors team moving forward.
Tanquingcen is a decorated bench tactician in his own right. The University of Santo Tomas product was part of the perfect 14-0 team which won the UAAP Season 56 title back in 1993 under coach Aric del Rosario.
After a brief playing career, he shifted to coaching and won three PBA championships in his time between San Miguel and Ginebra.
Tanquingcen also handled Barako Bull Energy before moving to the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach in La Salle for coaches Juno Sauler and Louie Gonzalez.
Since 2016, the 47-year-old bench tactician has been working as an assistant to TY Tang at St. Benilde.
If he gets the job, this will be his first foray in the collegiate game in a head coaching position.
NU officials, however, remain in talks with other candidates as they have yet to make a final decision on the matter.
The Bulldogs are on a rebuild following their UAAP Season 82 campaign under coach Jamike Jarin, where they only garnered on a 2-12 record.
Not helping was the sudden turn of events over the past month which saw the departure of top recruits Carl Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano, and Kevin Quiambao to rival schools and the sacking of coach Goldwin Monteverde from both the seniors and juniors squads.
The silver lining is that NU still has a solid core built around Clemente, Shaun Ildefonso, and Issa Gaye for any coach who takes over ahead of UAAP Season 83.