PBA: Cariaso named new Alaska head coach after Compton resignation

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 22) — Alex Compton has stepped down as the head coach of the Alaska Aces in the PBA, according to a statement released by the team Thursday.

Replacing Compton is Jeffrey Cariaso who served as the Aces' assistant coach and deputy 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," Alaska owner Wilfred Uytengsu said in the statement.

Compton steered the Aces to five finals appearance in his five-year stint.

For his part, Cariaso was among the Alaska players who captured the grand slam in 1996. He became part of the team's coaching staff in 2015.

Cariaso faces a tall order of bringing glory back as the Aces finished at the bottom half of the team standings in the Philippine Cup and Commissioner's Cup.

"Truly a blessing to elevate into this level of leadership. I am honored for the opportunity, and genuinely humbled as I face the challenge," Cariaso said.