The Alaska Aces will have a new head coach for the upcoming 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.
In a statement released though the its Facebook account, the team announced the resignation of Alex Compton and the subsequent appointment of Jeffrey Cariaso as the new head coach.
“We are very sorry to see Alex leave the team. He had a tremendous impact on the team and was very concerned with the players’ well being on and off the court. We also share that winning (with integrity) is an important aspect of our team and are grateful that Alex stepped aside to pave the way for someone else to lead the Aces to our next championship,” said team owner Wilfred Uytengsu.
The 45-year old Compton, whose contract was due to expire at the end of the month, admitted that he was asked by Uytengsu to step down and he readily obliged.
“Yesterday at his house, a man I deeply respect, Fred Uytengsu sat down with me, looked me in the eye and asked me to step down. I accepted his direction and have agreed to resign as head coach. It has been an honor for me to coach such a storied franchise. I have made great relationships and have a lot of love for people in the organization. Being a part of the Alaska family has meant a lot to me and my family, and we will always treasure our time with the Aces,” explained the 45-year old American mentor who steered the Aces to 5 Finals appearances in his 5-year tenure.
Taking the place of Compton will be Cariaso who has been the team’s assistant coach for the last 5 years and was part of the Grand Slam team, as a player, in 1996.
“We are pleased to appoint Jeff to the head coach position. He has the full trust of management and we trust the team will likewise work hard to support him. We also hope Jeff will become the first Alaska player to win championships both as a player and as a head coach,” added Uytengsu.
Cariaso, for his part, accepted the appointment with gratitude.
“Truly a blessing to elevate into this level of leadership. I am honored for the opportunity and genuinely humbled as I face the challenge.”