UNIVERSITY of the Philippines has announced that Rey Madrid will step down as head coach of the Maroons at the end of the year, saying it needs a 'full-time' coach to turn the team's fortunes around.
UP College of Human Kinetics Dean Ronnie Dizer said Madrid will stay on until his term ends on December 31, during which time he will spearhead the search for a new coach beginning with the accepting of applicants for the position from November 4 to November 28.
The school is set to form a search committee for the vacant position that, curiously enough, could include former University of Santo Tomas champion coach Pido Jarencio, Dizer added.
In explaining the decision, Dizer cited the need for a full-time head coach to run the affairs of the Maroons, who have suffered several losing seasons including a 1-13 (win-loss) campaign in Season 77.
“We recognize his desire to serve his alma mater and help jumpstart the UP men’s basketball program. We are proud of coach Rey because he was a former varsity player who made a name for himself in the field of architecture," said Dizer.
“However, we are recognizing that being a UP coach is a full-time job that needs a lot of sacrifices and commitment. Coach Rey will finish his term until December 31 of this year. So as to protect the interest of the basketball program, coach Rey has agreed to start the search for a new basketball coach,” Dizer added.
Dizer said a search committee is set to be formed with formal invitations to be given to UP athletic director Ariel Juliano, former UP CHK dean Artemio Isidro, current UP Maroons team manager Dan Palami, and College of Engineering Dean Aurora Matias.
A surprise member of the search committee is Jarencio, a non-UP alumnus who led UST to the 2006 UAAP title. He is currently the head coach of GlobalPort in the PBA.
Dizer said he is close to Jarencio having worked with him during his time as a conditioning coach of defunct PBA ballclub Tanduay. The UP dean added that he has informally reached out to Jarencio on the possibility of helping the men’s basketball program find a new head coach.
“I consider him an expert in basketball and his family is very active in the UP alumni program,” said Dizer.
Dizer said the UP assistant coaches led by Ramil Cruz will oversee the practices of the Maroons in the meantime.