AFTER another failed championship, Alaska Aces management has decided to shuffle its coaching staff.
In a sudden turn of events, Jeffrey Cariaso will now be promoted to Alaska coach while the fate of longtime mentor Alex Compton remains unknown, says a source.
A SPIN.ph source bared that the announcement will be made by the Aces franchise on Saturday as the team prepares for its final phase of training ahead of its season debut on February 3 against the Rain or Shine Elastopainters at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Aces, already with 14 league titles, made it to the finals of the last Governors Cup but fell to a retooled Magnolia Hotshots, mentored by young coach Chito Victolero, in a series that lasted six games.
After the Aces won the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup under Luigi Trillo, Compton was not able to steer Alaska back to its championship roots, losing the title five times, including the recent one versus Magnolia.
Compton was last seen with the Aces during the first-ever PBA Media Day just hours after arriving from the US. The American mentor was also absent in the PBA Press Corps Awards night where team owner Wilfred Uytengsu received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cariaso served as Ginebra’s coach during the 2014 season, a time when the crowd favorite squad was undergoing a tumultuous, longtime drought.