MANILA, Philippines -- GlobalPort team owner Mikee Romero said coach Pido Jarencio may just be the right guy that could bring what the Batang Pier needs: character.
"Because we're a new team, we need to build character first more than winning," Romero said in an interview on ANC Hardball.
"With Pido there, he can build the character I'm looking for to repeat the 'puso pride' and 'palaban style' n'ya [with the UST Growling Tigers]."
Jarencio has signed a two-year deal with Batang Pier, ending an eight-year coaching stint with the Growling Tigers.
He took over GlobalPort's coaching reins, which was formerly held by interim coach Richie Ticzon.
"Coaching is like a marriage, you have to go through them on a long term basis," said Romero. "It did not work out with coach Junel [Baculi], so we hired Richie Ticzon as an interim just to sit in and help out, and he did a good job."
"Now I think, I'll go with him [Jarencio] on long term. Showing the same style like what he did with UST will be OK."
In his first year as head coach in season 69, Jarencio steered the Tigers to the UAAP championship.
They would make it to the Finals again in Seasons 75 and 76, but lost both times to the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the De La Salle Archers, respectively.
Romero said that it took them one whole conference to decide who to appoint as their long-term coach.
"It's so hard to find a suitable coach especially in the PBA... We looked for one coach for the past conference and we trimmed it down and narrowed it finally to coach Pido who I think can give the character that we are looking for the GlobalPort team," he said.
For his part, GlobalPort point guard Sol Mercado said he is looking forward to meeting their new coach.
During the unveiling of sports management agency, Virtual Sports Inc., on Thursday, Mercado said he expects Jarencio to bring in an image of toughness to their team.
"I heard that he's kind of old school and very fiery," he said.
"I'm sure it's a move to improve us a team for us to bring our edge. You take on the image of your coach as a player, I'm sure he's gonna bring that tough image, you know... No one's gonna walk over us."