PIDO Jarencio really misses coaching University of Santo Tomas.
“I’m only one call away” i’ll be there to save your day. #PusoPridePalaban,” said Jarencio in social media yesterday.
This was some sort of a follow-up on Jarencio’s Dec. 5 tweet, saying: “Let’s bring back the glory! #pusopridepalaban”, as he wants his beloved Growling Tigers to return as one of the elite teams in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
Jarencio earlier said that he is not closing his doors on a coaching comeback for his alma mater that he gave a championship in 2006.
“Kung available ang position, why not?” said Jarencio. “Ako, ever since, ang approach ko sa lahat, respect and professionalism.”
The Tigers are coming off its worst season in school history under coach Boy Sablan, ending up in last place with only three wins to show in 14 matches.
In last week’s mini-reunion of the 2006 UST champion team, Japs Cuan and Jervy Cruz had shown their support on Jarencio’s possible coaching return in the UAAP .
Jarencio has cited former standouts Cuan, Cruz, 2006 Finals MVP Jojo Duncil, Dylan Ababou, Mark Canlas and Anthony Espiritu embodied his mantra of “puso, pride and palaban.”
Once he fulfilled his wish of returning to the Tigers lair, Jarencio definitely wants his team to fight up to the very end which was sorely lacking in the 2016 squad.
“As long as they play with the strong principle that I have, kapag meron sila noon, in sila,” said Jarencio.
Except for Jeric Fortuna and Jeron Teng, Jarencio never had the luxury of having a blue-chip recruit on his eight-year stint with UST, as his players’ hardwork was the key to the España-based school’s six Final Four appearances during that span.