UST on the hunt for new head coach; Tanquingcen, Cantonjos, and Ballesteros among top prospects
Days after the resignation of former UST head coach Aldin Ayo, UST is now looking at former Growling Tigers as possible prospects to fill in the position as the new mentor.
According to the Manila Times Bulletin, Siot Tanquingcen, Chris Cantonjos, and Estong Ballesteros are among the names UST alumni are eying.
The rebuild of the team will start as some of these veteran coaches are part of UST’s four-peat championship squad back in the 90’s that was led by the late legend Aric del Rosario.
Tanquingcen currently holds three PBA championship under his belt with San Miguel and Ginebra.
He also mentored Barako Bull, and was part of the coaching staff of the Green Archers with Juno Sauler and Louie Gonzalez, and the College of St. Benilde with TY Tang.
The 47-year-old was part of the UST team that swept Season 56 in 1993 that led to a championship title.
While Cantonjos was the assistant coach for the Tiger Cubs since 2010 before claiming the head coaching position for two seasons from 2016 to 2017.
His last UAAP action was in UAAP Season 80 where the CJ Cansino powered squad led the team to a semi-final run before succumbing to the National University-Nazareth School for the final stint.
Aside from his coaching career at UST, Contonjos is a champion player with three titles and a Season MVP in UAAP Season 58 in 1995.
Meanwhile, Ballesteros was the former assistant coach of Pido Jarencio for UST just after his collegiate career where he won a back-to-back championship title in 1995 and 1996.
He was also an assistant for Bong Tan and consultant Lawrence Chongson at University of the East and head coach of the Junior Warriors last UAAP Season 82.