BONNIE Tan has resigned as Lyceum head coach after the Pirates’ fell way short of expectations this year.
It was a surprise move for Tan, who handled the Pirates for more than a decade, although the past season had been very difficult with the team scoring just seven wins against 11 losses, one victory shy of their best record since joining the NCAA in 2011.
Tan, who first coached the Pirates in 2003, is the second NCAA coach in two weeks to leave after Gerry Esplana resigned as Emilio Aguinaldo College coach.
“Gusto natin bigyan yung school ng free hand to make the direction they want to go,” Tan told Spin.ph on Sunday.
Tan, who bared his decision in a meeting with Lyceum president Bobby Laurel last Friday, stressed he is leaving the job in good terms.
“Personal reasons lang talaga. Okay kami ng Lyceum,” said the affable 42-year-old mentor, who is also one of Globalport coach Pido Jarencio’s top deputies in the PBA. “Tutulong pa rin tayo.”
Tan will still finish his duties for the school, which has a partnership with Bread Story in the PBA D-League.
Two-year assistant Glenn Capacio is the top candidate, although he is currently the caretaker coach at Kia in the PBA as head coach Manny Pacquiao focuses on boxing.
“Honestly, getting Glenn Capacio before was a move to transfer the obligations,” Tan said. “Yun na yung plano. Pero pumasok yung Kia sa storya. Kaya wala akong mapasahan.”
“Wala na akong ibang ma-re-refer kundi yung nasa circle of coaches natin,” he added. “Sana ma-convince nila si Glenn.”
Tan steered the Pirates to back-to-back titles in two unbeaten seasons in the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association and four straight Sweet 16 stints in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League, including a year where they emerged the only team outside the UAAP, NCAA, and Cesafi to reach the knockout stage of the national tournament.
In the NCAA, Tan led the Intramuros-based dribblers to their best finish last year when they earned the reputation as “Giant Killers” and compiled an 8-10 win-loss card for joint sixth place, before winding up with a .388 winning percentage this year in their final probationary season.
Tan expressed confidence the school will become a regular member soon.
“With the long-term programs we have established in the team, I’m sure LPU will go farther and will reach its goal to reach the Final Four.”