|Sean Chambers officially joined the UST coaching race.|
By Ivan Saldajeno
MANILA--Sean Chambers revealed on Monday night that he indeed has applied for the head coaching post of the University of Santo Tomas' men's basketball team.
The former Alaska import told The Athletes' Tribune podcast that he already submitted a letter of intent to UST's athletics department.
The California Polytechnic State University product is one of two non-Thomasians who are in the running to become Aldin Ayo's replacement as the Growling Tigers' mentor, the other being Bacoor City Strikers coach Chris Gavina.
If he will be chosen to lead UST for the upcoming UAAP season, Chambers said that his first plan of action is to get the school's community involved.
"We start first and foremost with the Tiger Nation. We got to come back to what they used to be," he said.
Chambers is known to have a good friendship with legendary UST gaffer Aric Del Rosario, who was one of Tim Cone's assistants at Alaska during the PBA team's glory days during the 90's.
Chambers helped the Aces capture four consecutive Governors' Cup titles in the mid-90's, including the 1996 plum that completed their grand slam.
His ability to handle students off the court is an advantage too since he is Fern Bacon Middle School's dean of students.
Meanwhile, another UST alumnus joined the race for the head coaching job in former Blackwater interim coach Aries Dimaunahan.
Dimaunahan graduated from UST in 1998 but never got to play for the Growling Tigers.
However, he began carving a name for himself when he joined Blu in the defunct PBL during the turn of the millennium.
After retiring from play in 2013 following stints in the PBA and the ABL, Dimaunahan turned to coaching, eventually becoming Blackwater's mentor for the rest of the 2019 PBA season.
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