TIM Cone as expected has been named the 2014 Coach of the Year by the PBA Press Corps, adding yet another accolade in the resume of the most successful coach in pro league history.
The American coach was the hands-down choice for the honor after leading San Mig to only the fifth grand slam in the league's 39 years - and the second for Cone whose 18 championships are the most by any coach.
The Coach of the Year award is also the third for Cone, tying him for second with Ryan Gregorio on the list behind the five of Chot Reyes since the Press Corps started giving out the citation in 1993.
Interestingly, the top coach award was Cone's first since 1996, the year he won his first grand slam with Alaska in 1996. His first Coach of the Year trophy came in 1994.
On Thursday night at the Richmond Hotel in Eastwood City in Libis, Cone will lead the honorees in the 2014 PBA Press Corps Annual Awards Night as he receives the trophy named after the great Baby Dalupan who he surpassed as the winningest coach in league history.
Sharing the limelight with Cone during the event which has the theme `There Are Champions…and There Are Grand Slam Champions’ is San Miguel Corp. president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang, who will be the recipient of the Executive of the Year award named after the late Danny Floro, legendary owner of two-time Grand Slam champion Crispa Redmanizers.
Cage greats Atoy Co and Jojo Lastimosa both of whom are members of Grand Slam teams from different eras, serve as guest of honor who will lead in toasting all of the awardees during the formal rite backed by the PBA, Alaska, Barangay Ginebra, San Miguel, Barako Bull, Blackwater Sports, Globalport, Kia Motors, Meralco, NLEX, Rain or Shine, San Mig Super Coffee, and Talk `N Text.
League commissioner Chito Salud, incoming chairman Patrick Gregorio, outgoing chairman Ramon Segismundo, members of the PBA board and other former league officials are also expected to attend the annual gathering.
Other awardees during the proceedings first held in 1993 include Marc Pingris as Defensive Player of the Year, along with San Mig Coffee teammates Peter June Simon and Mark Barroca, who are the recipients of the Quality Minutes and Order of Merit awards, respectively.
Veteran Asi Taulava is the Comeback Player of the Year, Jayson Castro is the Scoring Champion, while the All-Rookie Team includes Greg Slaughter, Ian Sangalang, Justin Melton, Terrence Romeo, and Raymond Almazan.
Also to be recognized during the event are the winners of the last PBAPC Sportswriting Contest.