UNIVERSITY of the Philippines dean Ronnie Dizer wants Pido Jarencio to be involved in the selection process for the next Maroons head coach, but insisted the former University of the Santo Tomas coach is not being considered for the job.
UP College of Human Kinetics Dean Ronnie Dizer said Jarencio has expressed willingness to help the Maroons find a new coach for Season 78, which incidentally the state-run university will be hosting.
The Maroons are set to get the ball rolling on the selection process for a new coach to replace Madrid, who will step down at the end of the year following a 1-13 win-loss record last season.
“He (Jarencio) has made his intention (clear) na kung kailangan ng tulong niya, he is willing to help. With his leadership, I think he is the best in the field of basketball,” Dizer said.
Jarencio, who led UST to a 2006 UAAP title, is being eyed to join a five-man selection committee that will pick the next head coach of UP with Dizer saying that the current GlobalPort head coach has verbally committed to help.
Dizer, who has worked with Jarencio during his time as conditioning coach of Tanduay in the PBA, made it clear Jarencio’s involvement would not go beyond the selection process.
Jarencio's reign at GlobalPort has been shaky amid reports that former La Salle coach Franz Pumaren is being eyed as a replacement, but Dizer he invited the former UST coach to be part of the selection panel without knowledge of the GlobalPort situation.
Dizer insisted that Jarencio is only being asked to help the school find a new UP coach and nothing more.
“I’m not aware of that (reports related to GlobalPort). Pero he is being considered as a member of the search committee,” Dizer said.
Dizer said Jarencio can apply for the UP job if he wants to.
“Applying, it’s up to him. If he decides to apply, he has to put himself out of the search committee. But we have not entertained that possibility yet,” Dizer said.
The UP CHK Dean said no one has also applied for the post yet.
“May mga tsismis. Pero kung meron na bang nag-sisignify ng interest, unless they send a letter of intent, we are not at liberty to announce it. We are going to wait,” said Dizer.