JOAQUI Trillo has won 13 PBA championships including a grand slam in 24 seasons with Alaska, but the team's longtime manager and board representative longs for a last one before he calls it quits.
If ever, it would be the most special one.
Trillo, who has been around long enough to witness Alaska's glory years in the nineties all the way to its struggles in the post-Tim Cone era, wants to win one last championship before he retires from the Uytengsu organization, this time with his son Luigi as head coach.
“It has to be. Otherwise, I'll stay for 10 more years,” he joked.
The former sportscaster turned team executive admitted it was precisely owner Wilfred Uytengsu's decision to appoint his son as the new head coach in April that led him to tinker with retirement, out of delicadeza.
“It’s as if any move I make, it’s because my son is there. But I know Mr. Uytengsu. He trusts me not to do the wrong things with Luigi there,” Trillo told Spin.ph in an interview.
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The elder Trillo revealed how he had a heart-to-heart talk with Uytengsu upon his son's appointment.
“I spoke to Fred, and he told me, ‘No, no, that’s okay if it’s a father-and-son relationship.' But I just let things go, I did not impose too much, and it’s working,” Trillo said, who will be succeeded as team manager by former Alaska player Dickie Bachmann.
With the way a revamped Alaska team has come together this season under Luigi, the 65-year-old executive believes the future is bright for the proud franchise as he leaves the team in very capable hands.
“I think we have a good chance now, the teamwork is terrific. We don’t have superstars, but they’re all contributing. I am very proud of them," said Trillo, who see shades of the multi-titled Alaska team of the nineties in the current roster.
Luigi, meantime, wants nothing more than to grant his dad's wish.
“I’d love to do that for him,” he said as he praised 'Sir Joaqui's' contributions to the franchise. “He’s been there for a long time, he’s about to retire, and it was nice working with him.”