ALEX Compton may have yet to win a championship for Alaska, but that doesn’t mean management doesn’t appreciate all the great things its amiable coach had done for the franchise all these years.
As proof it still has complete trust and faith in the 42-year-old mentor, the Aces just signed Compton to a contract extension following the success he had in just two years at the helm of the team.
Terms of the deal were not divulged, but multiple sources told Spin.ph the fresh contract is a guaranteed three-year deal.
Compton signed it just before the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals, which Alaska lost against Rain or Shine, 4-2.
“Kaka-renew niya lang a few weeks ago. Three years, siyempre guaranteed,” said a source who is privy to the negotiations between Compton and Alaska management.
A product of Cornell and St. Joseph’s College, Compton took over the coaching reins of the Aces from Luigi Trillo early in the 2014 Governors Cup.
In six conferences with the proud franchise, Compton hasn’t missed the playoffs and steered the Aces to four finals appearances including three in a row dating back from last year’s Commissioner’s Cup title series.
Twice, Alaska came close to winning a championship under the American mentor, losing both Game Sevens of the Philippine Cup finals against old rival San Miguel – the last of which saw the Beermen rally from 0-3 down to win the crown and register the greatest ever comeback in the 41-year history of the league.
Compton reportedly wants his entire coaching staff retained, foremost of which is associate Louie Alas, who still has a conference left in his contract with the team.
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao believes Compton, who he referred as ‘the coach of the future,’ will eventually win a championship for the Aces, who he described as ‘the team of the future.’
“Very sound coaching. They could have won easily one of those four finals that they’ve involved in,” said Guiao. “As soon as he (Compton) wins a championship, he would have made himself in this league, if he’s not already made right now.”