The Legendary Coach Tim Cone will no longer be the head coach of the Alaska Aces as he will retire soon. The coach who gave the Alaska Aces 13 PBA Championships and a very elusive Grand Slam Title in 1996 will surely be missed by the Alaska Fans.
His retirement will be announced by Mr. Fred Uytengsu, the President of the Alaska Milk Corporation. The possible replacement of Cone will be coach Joel Banal who steered the Ateneo Blue Eagles to a championship in 2002.
Some of the Alaska fans doesn't want coach Tim to leave. They are saying that Alaska could no longer give the salary that Cone wants that's why he's leaving the team. But apparently, they are all wrong because Mr. Uytengsu said that it's about coaching fatigue. Here's what he said:
“Coaching fatigue. He wanted to do something different. Tim’s assistant, Joel Banal, will replace him."
Aside from the numerous PBA Championships that he won with the Aces, we should also remember Coach Tim as the:
*0nly head coach in the PBA to wear a long-sleeved shirt and tie during games. He once wore a short-sleeved shirt in 2006 before reverting back to his usual look. His previous assistant coaches, Joel Banal and Chot Reyes, as well as other coaches like Louie Alas and Ariel Vanguardia, have taken up the practice on multiple occasions as well.
*Longest tenured coach in PBA history in a span of 22 years dating back 1989 and beating the winningest coach Baby Dalupan (with 15 titles, 13 with Cone) who stayed in the PBA for 16 years (1975–1991).