By Kristel Satumbaga
University of the East officially announced the appointment of Jack Santiago as new coach of the Red Warriors in the coming UAAP season.
The university made the announcement on its social media platforms on Monday, showing a picture of Santiago meeting the players at the Gym 5 inside its Manila campus.
Accompanying Santiago in the meeting were UE President and Chief Academic Officer Ester Garcia and Department of Physical Education Director Rod Roque.
An assistant to coach Franz Pumaren for over two decades, Santiago has won five UAAP championships.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Santiago, particularly in the UE gym where he used to practice back when he was a member of the Asia Overseas Transport team under coach Roehl Nadurata in the 1989 season of the Philippine Amateur Basketball League.
Santiago hopes to end the Warriors’ 11-year draught into the Final Four and looks forward to improve the team’s pressure-defense potential.
The Warriors finished with four wins and 10 losses last season.
Santiago will take over the coaching chores of the late Bong Tan and team consultant Lawrence Chongson.