ASIDE from Centro Escolar University coach Jeff Napa, former pro league champion tactician Bethune “Siot” Tanquingcen has emerged as one of the candidates for the vacant coaching job at National University.
Taking over from strategist Goldwin Monteverde at the helm of Bulldogs will be ideal for Tanquingcen, who served as an assistant to TY Tang at College of St. Benilde.
CSB laid off the coaches and staff of its varsity teams last Aug. 31.
A highly-reliable source told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday that after the Blazers’ coaches and staff were laid off, Tanquingcen going to the Bulldogs has emerged as a possibility although NU management is still talking with other coaches.
“Anything is possible,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The source is convinced Tanquingcen has what it takes.
“Coach Siot is a very much respectable person in the basketball world. With his experience and knowledge, he’s been a champion in both the pros and the collegiate leagues,” said the source.
“He is a great mentor and leader.”
A rift over sponsorship and control of the team reportedly led to Monteverde’s stunning exit last Aug. 16, just nine months after he replaced coach Jamike Jarin at the helm.
Tanquingcen, 47, suited up for University of Santo Tomas in the 90s, a member of the legendary “four-peat” teams of the late great Aric Del Rosario.
After a short-lived pro career with Sunkist and San Miguel Beer, Tanquingcen won two titles with Ginebra and one with the Beermen as coach. He last served as coach in the PBA for Barako Bull.
Tanquingcen was also an assistant at La Salle when the Green Archers won the crown in 2016 under Aldin Ayo.
In a shocking turn of events, NU high school standouts Carl Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano, and Kevin Quiambao left the school last Aug. 1, with the blessings of Monteverde, their coach in the high school ranks.
The 6-foot-7 man Tamayo and 6-foot guard Abadiano moved to University of the Philippines, while the 6-foot-8 Quiambao, a center, went to La Salle.
The Sampaloc-based five also lost gunner Dave Ildefonso, who returned to Ateneo last January.
The Bulldogs failed to reach the Final Four in the last five seasons and wound up dead-last last year with a 2-12 card.
The likes of forward Shaun Ildefonso, older brother of Dave who chose to play his fifth and final year with the squad; guard John Lloyd Clemente, and 6-foot-9 Senegalese center Issa Gaye are expected to lead NU’s charge in the 83rd UAAP basketball tournament.