Now that Topex Robinson is the interim coach of the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters, he needed to relinquish his position as the bench tactician of Lyceum of the Philippines in the NCAA.
However, he will stay with the Pirates as Robinson keeps his other position.
The former PBA player will remain as the LPU Sports Director and head of basketball operations while his chief lieutenant Jeff Perlas has been appointed as the men’s team head coach.
“I’m still going to be part of LPU, I’ll still do the basketball operations,” said Robinson when he guested on the sports show The Chasedown on One PH over CignalTV last Saturday.
“When I took over Phoenix I told the Phoenix management that I’m not going to leave LPU, and we had a compromise. It’s a blessing for me to have a compromise with the two – LPU and Phoenix.”
After leaving his alma mater San Sebastian where he had his first coaching experience for two years, Robinson joined Lyceum in 2015. In 2017, he guided the team powered by CJ Perez to a perfect 18-0 record but San Beda swept the Pirates 2-0 in the Finals.
LPU made it back to the Finals the following year, but lost again to the Red Lions 2-1 in the best-of-three title series.
The 5-foot-11 Robinson, who played five years in the now defunct MBA and nine seasons in the PBA, was part of Alaska’s coaching staff before he joined Phoenix in 2018 when Louie Alas took over as coach.
Last month, the Fuel Masters let go of Alas and elevated Robinson as the team’s interim coach.
“Before I said yes to Phoenix I already had a talk with our owenrs – with the Laurels… with president Bobby Laurel. I told him about the opportunity with Phoenix,” said Robinson, who remains under contract with the school for three more years.
“One thing I’m blessed with the LPU family is that they never stopped me from doing this. This is part of my growth as a coach.”