BETHUNE ‘Siot’ Tanquingcen is the heavy favorite to take over the College of Saint Benilde basketball program, a source has told SPIN.ph.
Tanquingcen, according to the source, has the backing of no less than La Salle patron Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco, who has already urged him to consider the vacant position after Gabby Velasco stepped down at the end of NCAA Season 92.
On the other hand, former La Salle cager TY Tang and Charles Tiu, added the source, are also being eyed as assistant coaches for the Blazers in an aggressive bid to resuscitate the Benilde program after years of disappointing finishes.
The looming hiring of Tanquingcen could also mean the active involvement of Cojuangco in the basketball program of CSB, which has yet to win an NCAA championship since 2000.
The Blazers are coming off a miserable 1-17 season where they had to win their final game to avoid the ignominy of a zero-win season.
Contacted for comment, Dax Castellano, CSB’s representative to the NCAA Management Committee, said members of the committee tasked to select the new coach of the Blazers have yet to be named.
“No decision yet by the committee,” said Castellano.
Tanquingcen is currently the assistant coach at La Salle, having been in that position from the time in charge of of Juno Sauler to the reign of current Green Archers coach Aldin Ayo.
But prior to his stint with the Green Archers, Tanquingcen, a former guard of the University of Santo Tomas, won three titles in the PBA — two for Barangay Ginebra and one for San Miguel Beer.