THE search for a new University of the East head coach could take longer than initially anticipated as the school's management remains torn between candidates.
UE officials said they will name a new coach this week after announcing the departure of former Red Warriors coach Boycie Zamar, but the process is taking longer than usual because members of the management team are split on their choices, a source said.
In a statement, UE said it is in search of a coach who can work full time for the Red Warriors - something which Zamar had not been able to commit to the school.
“The school wants someone full time but part of management wants someone who isn’t full time,” said the person with knowledge of the situation but spoke on condition of anonymity.
The source didn’t state who are on the short list but Spin.ph has reported, based on information from informed sources, that Louie Alas and Dindo Pumaren are the only ones being considered for the vacant position.
Incidentally, Alas, a former head coach of the Letran Knights in the NCAA, also holds a position as assistant coach of Alaska. Pumaren, on the other hand, doesn’t have any coaching job at the moment.
“The last time I heard, we are in limbo,” the person added.
Alas had a meeting last week with Mike Tan to discuss the vacant coaching job. Tan, son of UE owner Lucio Tan who is also the head of Asia Brewery, is said to be working “behind the scenes” in helping the UE Red Warriors basketball team.
Pumaren had previously coached UE from 2003 to 2008. Interestingly, the Red Warriors’ team manager during that time was the school’s executive vice president Carmelita Mateo, who is making a return to the same role in Season 77 replacing Jesus Tanchanco.
Pumaren is also the son of former UE player and coach Pilo and brother of Derrick, who was also considered for the vacant head coaching position.