MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Fiery head coach Pido Jarencio has signed a deal to take over the head coaching position of the GlobalPort Batang Pier in the PBA, ending an eight-year stint as head coach of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers.
Jarencio confirmed the news in a text message to ABS-CBNnews.com on Monday.
In an interview with the official PBA website, GlobalPort owner Mikee Romero revealed that Jarencio signed a two-year deal.
“Pido gave a letter of resignation today (Monday). We signed him to a two-year contract, extendable,” said Romero. “At last, we have a head coach already that will go with me for the long term.”
Jarencio will be given the freedom to choose his own coaching staff, Romero added.
“Coach Pido will evaluate the existing team this week and he will give his recommendation. He’s also free to choose his assistants. He will interview all of them tomorrow,” he said.
Jarencio replaces interim coach Ritchie Ticzon, who steered GlobalPort to a 4-3 start in the PBA Philippine Cup before the team floundered toward the end of the elimination round.
They still made it to the quarter-finals as the seventh seed, meeting the second-seeded Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and losing in one game, 96-106.
Jarencio coached the Tigers for eight seasons, making the UAAP Final Four in six of them.
In Season 69 – his first year as head coach – Jarencio led the Tigers to the UAAP championship. They would reach the Finals again in Seasons 75 and 76, but lost both times to Ateneo and De La Salle, respectively.
Jarencio ends his UAAP coaching career with a 66-62 win-loss record.