FORMER Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Best Import and Alaska Aces legend Sean Chambers has officially applied for the vacant head coaching position at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers men’s basketball team.
After spending the weekend mulling the decision, Chambers finally made the announcement that he was indeed joining the long list of former players and coaches who are vying for UST’s head coaching position which has been left vacant in the wake of Aldin Ayo’s resignation.
“It’s official. I’m applying for the UST head coach position. I’m requesting prayers from everybody,” said Chambers on his social media page.
Chambers brings with him massive experience and success having won a PBA title six times, all with the storied Alaska franchise. He was also adjudged as the Best Import of the 1996 PBA Governors’ Cup.
On his appearance on the web show, Athletes Tribune, Chambers said he wanted to help restore whatever luster was lost in the fallout of the controversial training camp that the Growling Tigers held in Sorsogon that breached the government’s protocols during the quarantine period.
"You got to come back to what they used to be about, a bunch of young men who support the university and play for the university in all battles, and just to reach out to the alumni to come back and be supportive of the program like it was in the 1990s when it was with coach Aric," Chambers explained.
Chambers also shared that he learned a lot from former UST head coach, the late Aric del Rosario, who also served as an assistant to Alaska head coach Tim Cone back in the day.
"When I was with Alaska, I was a frequent visitor of UST with the games and the practices and learned a lot of the Philippine culture," he said.
If he gets the job, Chambers said that discipline and education will be highly prioritized.
"Once you get the right guys in there, you're gonna be able to empower them, start with discipline, and education has to be at the forefront for these players," Chambers said.
Chambers though has a lot of competition for the head coaching position.
Former UST players Siot Tanquingcen, Chris Cantonjos, Estong Ballesteros, Ed Cordero, Gilbert Lao, Potit de Vera, and Aris Dimaunahan have all applied for the job. Rain or Shine assistant coach Chris Gavina has also sent in his application. (JNP)