LETRAN athletic director Fr. Vic Calvo, OP confirmed on Tuesday the six candidates vying for the soon-to-be vacated head-coaching position of the Knights.
Larry Albano, Caloy Garcia, Nel Parado, and Ronjay Enrile have been added to the list that initially had current Knights assistants Tino Pinat and Monch Gavierres. One of them is set to replace Louie Alas, who after leading the Knights to a runner-up finish last season announced that he was stepping down effective December 31.
The Dominican priest, who’s also the NCAA management committee chairman this season, said every candidate has an equal chance of getting the job, which will be known on Saturday.
“Lahat,” Calvo said, claiming no one among the school’s alumni applicants has the inside track.
Among the candidates, Albano and Garcia have the most to show. Albano is a former Knights coach, having led the Intramuros-based dribblers to three straight NCAA championships from 1982 with a team bannered by Samboy Lim.
Garcia is a former Squire who led Welcoat to the PBL Unity Cup title in 2005. He served as Rain or Shine’s head coach in the PBA from 2008 to 2010, before being relegated to assistant to make way for Yeng Guiao.
Parado replaced former University of Santo Tomas coach Aric del Rosario as the Tigers’ coach in the early 2000s but failed to lead the squad to a winning record.
Pinat, Gavieres, the concurrent Squires coach, and Enrile have the backing of Alas.
“Mga assistant coach ko marurunong na yun,” Alas said when he announced his decision to resign following the Knights’ Game Three Finals loss to San Beda last October.