PAOLO Trillo, a key personnel in Ateneo’s run of five straight UAAP men’s basketball championship, is bringing his act to the next level after being named the new team manager of Talk `N Text in the PBA.
Trillo confirmed the move to Spin.ph, while stressing the difficult decision of moving to Asia’s pioneering pro league after nine fruitful years in college acting as team manager of the Eagles.
“I’ll definitely miss college basketball,” said Trillo. “Very memorable sa akin not just the five-peat, but the nine years being the team manager of Ateneo.”
Ironically, Trillo's move to the pro league comes just months before his father, Joaqui, steps down as team manager of Alaska - a position he has held for decades.
His brother, Luigi, is currently coach of the Aces.
Trillo is one of the brains behind the successful Ateneo basketball program who’s credited for the string of recruitment of several Ateneo key players such as Greg Slaughter, Kiefer Ravena, Ryan Buenafe, Nico Salva, and Justine Chua, among others.
With a well-meaning program in place, coupled with the entry of champion coach Norman Black, the Blue Eagles won five straight titles from 2008 to 2012, the longest reign in the league since University of the East won seven consecutive championships from 1965 to 1971.
Trillo will be reunited with Black at Talk 'N Text as the grand slam coach returned to the PBA last year after steering Ateneo to its fifth title.
“Talk ‘N Text is really a team with a winning culture so it will be a challenge. But I will contribute whatever I can to help the team,” said Trillo, who also thanked Manny V. Pangilinan and Ricky Vargas for the trust in handling to him the Tropang Texters franchise.
Trillo’s move at Talk ‘N Text is part of the rigodon among team managers of ballclubs under the MVP wing.
Trillo will be replacing Aboy Castro, who in turn has been appointed as team manager of Gilas Pilipinas, replacing Butch Antonio, who’s set to move to the MVP Sports Foundation.
Epok Quimpo, a former Blue Eagle and head coach of the Ateneo women’s basketball team, will take over Trillo’s position with the Katipunan-based school.
Erika Dy, a former player and current team manager of the Lady Eagles, is the top candidate to take over the women’s team with Quimpo’s move to the men’s squad, a source said.