BOYET Fernandez and Jamike Jarin have emerged as the top candidates for the head coaching job at San Beda left vacant following the surprise resignation of Ronnie Magsanoc after just a successful year at the helm of the Red Lions.
The names of Fernandez and Jarin cropped up after Ronnie Magsanoc tendered his resignation as head coach of the Red Lions on Saturday night during the team’s Christmas party, just two months after leading the team to an NCAA championship in his maiden season.
Magsanoc confirmed to Spin.ph on Sunday that he has stepped down as Red Lions coach, as he wants to enjoy more time with his family and devote more time to his job as assistant coach of the Meralco Bolts.
A part of Magsanoc’s coaching staff for the Red Lions as an assistant coach, Fernandez led Sta. Lucia to the 2007-2008 Philippine Cup crown and the NLEX Road Warriors to three straight PBA D-League crowns.
Fernandez, a former Sta. Lucia player himself, is also one of the assistant coaches of the Bolts in the PBA, just like Magsanoc.
Fernandez's previous experience in college basketball, however, proved disastrous as he failed to notch a victory in 12 games after replacing Aboy Castro as University of the Philippines coach in the UAAP during the 2010 season.
Jarin, a former San Beda Red Cub, is currently one of the assistant coaches of Ateneo and was also one of the candidates for the Blue Eagles coaching job left vacant when Norman Black moved to Talk ‘N Text in the PBA.
Jarin is also one of Black’s lieutenants with Talk ‘N Text.
With Magsanoc's surprise resignation, San Beda became the fourth NCAA team bound to have a coaching change before the next season, joining Letran, College of Saint Benilde, and Mapua.
Louie Alas resigned as head coach of the Knights after falling they lost to Magsanoc’s Red Lions in the last NCAA Finals. Richard del Rosario and Chito Victolero have also given up their positions with the Blazers and the Cardinals, respectively, after failing to steer their teams to the Final Four.