UNIVERSITY of the Philippines opened its Filoil preseason campaign with Joe Ward and Allan Gregorio doing most of the coaching chores for the Maroons on Monday.
Ward and Gregorio were noticeably sharing coaching duties with Edward Juinio and Mo Gingerich on the Maroons bench. Another member of the coaching staff, Rensy Bajar, was not present during the game.
When asked about the weird coaching set-up and what particular designation each of the members of the UP staff has, Ward said they are taking a 'team approach' to coaching.
"There is no such thing as a head coach at UP," Ward said after UP beat Mapua to open its campaign in the Filoil. "We worked together as a team just like what the players did tonight."
So far, UP officials have not formally announced who the head coach of the Maroons is although persons familiar with the selection process said Ward has been tasked as the one who is overall in charge of the team.
But UP chancellor Michael Tan admitted to Spin.ph that hiring Ward as the head coach poses a problem due to the tough stance of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) against foreign coaches.
Ward didn't categorically state what his official designation is.
"We are just coaching. We have a coaching staff of five," Ward said.
Ward said the coaching staff has an open communication line with each other - a set-up where there there is no particular coach who draws up a particular play during huddles.
"All the coaches work together. If a coach has a good idea, go to the huddle and you deliver the message because it's your idea. It doesn't make sense for me taking your idea because you know what you would say," said Ward.