Former PBA import Sean Chambers has applied for the UST Growling Tigers head coaching position.
"I have officially submitted my letter of intent for the UST head coaching job," Chambers told ESPN5.com in a short message on Monday.
The six-time PBA champion and 1996 Governors' Cup Best Import will be joining a growing list of applicants for the position vacated by Aldin Ayo.
Among those who have already submitted their letters of intent are UST alumni Siot Tanquingcen, Chris Cantonjos, Estong Ballesteros, Ed Cordero, Gilbert Lao, Aris Dimaunahan, and Potit de Vera. Another hopeful is Rain or Shine assistant Chris Gavina.
Chambers, who was the reinforcement for the Milkmen from 1989-2001, explained on The Athlete's Tribune podcast on Monday that the legacy of the late Aric del Rosario, former UST mentor and lead assistant of Tim Cone, made his decision much easier. Del Rosario led stacked UST teams to four straight men's basketball crowns from 1993-96, which produced players like Bal David, Gerard Francisco, Chris Cantonjos, and the like.
Chambers admired Del Rosario and treated him like his father.
"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 said.
"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. Once you got 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," he added.
Chambers, who is the current Dean of Students at Fern Bacon Middle School in Sacramento, California, explained that now is the right time to look for a coaching gig in the Philippines.
"In 2012, I had an opportunity to become one of the coaching consultants in the PBA. But my kids were extremely young. My daughter is now 17 and on my way to college. It's easier now. My son is going to be a sophomore in high school...They're almost young adults, now there's going to be an opportunity to really entertain a position in the Philippines."