LYCEUM head coach Topex Robinson experienced success during his time as a player, having spent over a decade playing professionally both in the PBA and the MBA, winning a title with the Red Bull franchise.
After a respectable PBA career, the amiable Robinson focused on coaching and now has turned Lyceum into a perennial NCAA powerhouse and a legitimate title contender.
But the soft-spoken 38-year-old mentor isn’t done making the most out of his life – and now he’s venturing on another thing that he loves to do.
The Olongapo City native spends most of his free time calling basketball games as an analyst for PBA Rush and Filoil Flying V Premier Cup games for Aksyon TV.
Robinson, who took up Communications as his major during San Sebastian, isn’t only succeeding in basketball – he’s merely showing that he can succeed outside of it.
“The opportunity for me to go back to what I love doing is really a joy. I’m trying to share my thoughts, giving the fans a different view, being a coach it’s give me a different glass and that I can give more value to the fans watching the basketball games,” Robinson said.
“It’s always been a blessing for me. I’m grateful for the opportunity given to me. That’s why I make sure that I could give back. By being a blessing to others, to every people that I encounter, I try to share the positive vibe that I’ve been getting. The more you give yourself is the more you get back,” he added.
For Robinson, it’s all about time management now especially since the NCAA season is already underway. Aside from Lyceum and his gig in the commentator’s booth, Robinson is also the lead assistant of Louie Alas with the Phoenix Fuel Masters, making him one of the busiest personalities in the basketball circuit right now.
In times like this, when there’s basketball – it’s almost impossible not to encounter him.
“We practice 6-8 am with Lyceum and 9-12 noon with Phoenix so okay naman yung afternoon ko,” Robinson said. “Also, pinayagan naman ako ni coach Louie and ng Phoenix management.”
Time constraints and fatigue hardly matter for Robinson as long as you’re passionate with what you’re doing.
As an old adage says, if there’s a will, there’s certainly a way and Robinson is definitely finding one just to pay attention to the things that he loves doing.
“As long as you do what you’re passionate about, it will lead you there eh. That’s one thing I’m always grateful for, I’ve been able to do things that I’m passionate about. Obviously playing basketball is one, coaching is another and sharing my skills and knowledge as a commentator is really a blessing for me,” Robinson explained.
“I try to share with others, go with what you’re passionate about. Whatever it is. If you do what you’re passionate about, you’re ready to make mistakes, you’re ready to grow and learn in every opportunity that you get.”