Bittersweet move for Topex Robinson as he joins Phoenix after seven seasons with Alaska
Topex Robinson was present at the PBA draft but this time for a different team after seven years, with his new role as lead assistant at Phoenix. Jerome Ascano

LYCEUM coach Topex Robinson looks forward to the opportunities opened by his appointment as assistant coach of Phoenix Petroleum in the PBA.

Robinson recently joined his fellow former assistant coach Louie Alas, who was appointed as head coach of the Fuel Masters replacing Ariel Vanguardia.

 “It’s a new opportunity and challenge. I’m excited,” said Robinson.

Robinson, who led Lyceum to an 18-0 regular season to clinch an outright finals berth in the NCAA Season 93, is pleased with the new challenge as the lead assistant of Phoenix coming off his assistant coach stint with Alaska.

“Working with coach Louie, bagong challenge sa amin. It’s nice to have somebody beside you na proven winner and a proven champion. I’m sure I’m going to learn a lot from him,” Robinson said.

The Pirates mentor, however, said he is also saddened leaving Alaska, a team that he was a part of for seven years.

“As of now, medyo hindi pa nagsisink-in. When I saw them sa draft, we saw each other, medyo nandoon (bittersweet) siya, but again, at the end of the day, it helped me na walang permanent na team. You’ll never know if the next day, nasa ibang team ka na,” he said.

“I guess, (I will miss) the friendship that was built. Seven years din and you know how Alaska takes pride in being a family. ‘Yun ‘yung hindi pa masyado nagsisink-in but I guess I’m always open to change ever since naman. What I left behind, it makes me also excited to what’s in front of me,” said Robinson.

The 37-year-old Robinson said taking the opportunity to be the lead assistant coach of a PBA team will further improve his career.

“It’s an opportunity for my growth. It’s something that I get excited about. Actually, coach Louie discussed na he is also excited. ‘Yun ‘yung (nagpapawala) naman ng lungkot na to be away from my family for the past seven years,” said Robinson.

Robinson’s appointment to a role as a lead assistant coach also makes him closer to become a PBA coach, something that the young coach is not thinking about at this point of his coaching career.

For him, the easy part is being hired as a PBA coach, but the hard part is staying as one.

“Madali ka maging coach sa PBA pero ang next question is tatagal ka ba. With the record right now (18-0 with LPU), you can be a head coach but it’s going to be based on my knowledge that I have. My cup is always empty. I always have so much room and space for me for growth kaya the first thing that I did after (sweep) was go to coach Tab, told him I want to learn from you,” he said.


“That is why sabi ko, the more people I can learn from, the better for me because I want to stay for a while. For me to coach for a long time, I should learn. Learning never stops.” 

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