ALASKA coach Luigi Trillo apparently believes that four heads are better than one.
When the next PBA season unfolds on September 30, Trillo will have by his side three assistants in Letran coach Louie Alas, former San Sebastian Stag coach Topex Robinson and Alex Compton who he hopes would help him turn things around at Alaska after a disappointing season.
“I just want to bring in guys who are not just ‘yes men’ but people who could help me think of plays and bring a different thing to help Alaska become a better team. Of course, even though I have been in the PBA under coach Tim [Cone], I want to grow more as a coach,” Trillo told Spin.ph.
Trillo believes his three deputies will bring a wealth of basketball knowledge and experience that could help right the ship for the Aces, who won 13 titles including a grand slam in 22 years under Cone but had their worst season in more than a decade with Joel Banal and later Trillo calling the shots in the last campaign.
Of the two new assistants, Compton was Trillo's personal choice.
“I personally handpicked Alex. Actually I went out of my way to really talk to him and get him," said Trillo, who went 2-7 (win-loss) in his first conference as Alaska coach.
"We all know that Alex was a pretty good scorer during his playing days, but the one thing I really liked about Alex is he’s good at skills development and a very great motivator.”
The 5’10” Compton played briefly for Welcoat (now Rain or Shine) a few years back, before serving as one of the assistant coaches for the Powerade Tigers.
Alas, on the other hand, handled the Mobiline Phone Pals (now Talk ‘N Text tropang Texters) in 2000 to 2001. He is also an accomplished college coach after leading the Letran Knights to three NCAA championships.
“Louie’s wealth of experience can help us, that is why I’ve asked him to really focus on helping the team strengthen its defense,” added Trillo.
Robinson is actually a holdover assistant who recently resigned from his head coaching post at San Sebastian, the team he led to a runner-up finish in the NCAA and a Philippine Collegiate Champions League title last year.