Boy Sablan to be named new UST Growling Tigers head coach - source
MANILA, Philippines - The University of Santo Tomas will name Rodil “Boy" Sablan as its new head coach for its varsity basketball team, a source close to the team tells Rappler.
Sablan, who currently works as an assistant for BlackWater Elite in the PBA and academic adviser to the UST men's basketball team, was part of former head coach Alfredo “Pido” Jarencio’s coaching staff several years ago. Sablan was also a teammate of Jarencio’s in the early 1980s with the UST Glowing Goldies, as the team was previously known.
According to Rappler’s source from UST, the Institute of Physical Education and Academics will make the announcement on Wednesday, June 1, a day after Bong de la Cruz's contract as head coach expires.
De La Cruz, who led the UST Growling Tigers to the finals of UAAP Season 78 in a losing effort against Far Eastern University, has been in limbo since he was placed on suspension following complaints about alleged physical abuse towards his players.
Following De La Cruz’s fall from grace, Jarencio as well as his own former UST head coach Aric Del Rosario, who led the school to 4 consecutive UAAP titles from 1993-96, expressed interest in the position.
Attempts to reach Sablan to confirm the report were not returned by the time of this article's publication.
Other former players who are said to have formally expressed their desire to coach their alma mater include Chris Cantonjos, Ernesto “Estong" Ballesteros, Jino Manansala and Bal David Jr. – Rappler.com
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