La Salle makes it official: it’s Topex.

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Topex Robinson is ending his tenure as Phoenix’s head coach. – PBA Images

The plan that had been in the works since La Salle let its former coach go unsigned last year finally came to fruition.

Topex Robinson, who was tipped to be the next Archers coach when he left Phoenix in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), returns to the college scene as La Salle’s coach for this year’s UAAP season. will

“De La Salle University is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Christopher “Topex” Robinson as head coach of the men’s basketball team effective today, January 19, 2023,” La Salle said in a statement released Thursday. will apply from

The 48-year-old Robinson is making his first UAAP stint with the Green Archers after leaving a mark in the PBA and NCAA.

Heavy speculation

There had been heavy speculation that Robinson would take over as La Salle’s head coach after the school did not renew the contract of veteran mentor Derek Pomeranian, who coached the Archers for the past two seasons, late last year. I. And when Robinson opted not to renew with the Fuel Masters, many saw it as a sign that a deal between the two sides was close.

A source told the Inquirer that as many as five or six coaches were considered for the position, but Robinson stood out as the favorite throughout the selection process. Two sources told the Inquirer that only Meralco assistant coach Luigi Trillo and La Salle women’s mentor Cholo Villanueva were considered. Villanueva will likely be part of the coaching staff in an as-yet-undetermined capacity.

Robinson finished runner-up for San Sebastian College in NCAA seasons 87-90 in his first year as the team’s coach under the leadership of Calvin Abueva, Ian Sanglong and Ronald Pascual.

18-game sweep

The former Stag took his act to Intramuros and led C.J. Perez-led Lyceum to a historic 18-game elimination round sweep to make the finals outright in Season 93, only to lose the series to Sean Beda.

Robinson will inherit a talented La Salle roster headlined by UAAP Season 85 Top Rookie Kevin Quimbaugh, former Legend teammate Michael Phillips, former San Beda star Evan Neale and former University of Santo Tomas spitfire Mark Noy.

Insiders said LaSalle was high on Robinson’s ability to build character on his teams and patiently teach players to anchor a winning program.

La Salle finished last season with a 7-7 record, but missed the Final Four after losing to Adamson, 80-76, in the knockout game.

“DLSU pays tribute to former head coach Derek Pomarin for his dedicated service to the Green Archers,” the team’s statement said.

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