Ed Cordero adds name to list of UST coaching candidates

Another distinguished University of Santo Tomas alumnus has thrown his hat into the search for the next UST Growling Tigers head coaching job.

Edgardo "Ed" Cordero, who is most remembered for his 54-point outburst for the then-Glowing Goldies on July 29, 1979, will try to make UST proud, this time from the sidelines.

"I sent an email of intent to Fr. [Ermito] de Sagon through the [Institute of Physical Education and Athletics]," Cordero told ESPN5 in a message.

"I'm not sure if nakarating na kay father," he added, confirming his intentions of succeeding former coach Aldin Ayo, who resigned last week following the fallout from the controversial Sorsogon bubble.

Following his collegiate stint at UST, the 6'4 Cordero played for Toyota, Beer Hausen/Manila Beer, Tanduay, Shell, and Alaska, before retiring at the conclusion of the 1990 PBA season.

He played a total of 223 games in his eight-season career, putting up an average of 6.5 points. His 54-point outburst remains the best scoring mark in UAAP history.

The 60-year-old Cordero is just one of the many UST alumni being mentioned to take the reins of a mighty program that is currently hounded by controversy.

Aside from Cordero, several former players from the dynasty teams of the 1990s are reportedly candidates for the job.

Among those said vying for the job are Siot Tanquincen, Estong Ballesteros, and Chris Cantonjos, as reported by the Manila Bulletin.

Other potential candidates include Patrick Fran, Gilbert Lao and former Tigers mentor Pido Jarencio.

Cordero admitted he's "a long shot" for the job, and that he can't claim any advantage over the other candidates.

"I don't think I can claim an advantage over any one of them. It's really a matter best left on the assessment of the school," explained Cordero.

Prior to his stint with the Altas, he was an assistant to Frankie Lim with the San Beda Red Lions. Cordero also served as an assistant under Atoy Co with the Mapua Cardinals.