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SBP continues search for full time head coach; Compton named as full time assistant coach

by Reynald Magallon, February 26, 2020 11:57pm

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas continued their search for a full time head coach for Gilas Pilipinas.

SBP tapped the services of some of PBA coaches in the past to be the national team's interim head coach, Ginebra San Miguel head coach Tim Cone for the Southeast Asian Games and TNT team consultant Mark Dickel for the February window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Qualifiers.

They, however, aren't to keen on tapping again a coach who still have committments to the local ball clubs.

"If we choose a coach who has existing committment ot the local clubs. We will have to take him away from his duties and obligations to his mother team so our track is to really find a full time coach for the national team," SBP President Al Panlilio reiterated the plans for the coaching post of the national team. 

"Since February we were very close to the World Cup and the SEA Games and we don't have enough time to really search for the new coach," he also explained.

With the February window in the books already, although Gilas still have its home game against Thailand which were postponed by FIBA to a later date, the SBP is now looking to continue the search on who will be at the helm for the national team.

Panlilio shared that there's a lot of coaches applying for the position but he still have to meet with PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas to plan the official search and hopefully name the full time coach before the November window.

"There's a lof of people raising their hands sending their CV's. so I will work with chairman Vargas and work with him and we'll have to do an official search and hoefully before November that's my desire, we will be able to identify the coach that can be full time for the national team," said Panlilio.

Meanwhile, Panlilio announced that former Alaska Aces head coach Alex Compton have accepted the job to be a full time assistant coach for the national team.

"Alex Compton has agreed to become a fulltime assistant coach for the meantime because we have very young players we want to develop and we want somebody to hone them and be with them in this journey so Alex has agreed to be part of the coaching staff," Panlilio said.

Compton was part of the national team coaching staff during the time of Tab Baldwin as the national team head coach. He made his come back to the national team as an assistant once again in the Feburary window of the qualifiers helping out interim head coach Mark Dickel.


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