Alex Compton

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Alex Compton
PBA Alaska Aces Alex Compton (crop).jpg
Alaska Aces
Position Head coach
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1974-03-16) March 16, 1974 (age 43)
Makati City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino / American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Madison West (Madison, Wisconsin)
Playing career 1998–2008
Coaching career 2006–present
Career history
As player:
1998–2000 Manila Metrostars
2001 Batangas Blades
2002 LBC-Batangas Blades
2003 Sunkist-UST Tigers
2004–2005 Montaña Pawnshop Jewels
2006–2008 Welcoat Dragons
As coach:
2006–2009 Welcoat Dragons/Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (assistant)
2009–2012 Coca-Cola Tigers / Powerade Tigers (assistant)
2012–2014 Alaska Aces (assistant)
2014–present Alaska Aces
Career highlights and awards

As player:

  • MBA MVP (1999)
  • All-MBA (1999)
  • 2× MBA champion (1999, 2001)
  • All-MBA (2001)
  • PBL Finals MVP (2005)
  • PBL champion (2005)

As assistant coach:

  • PBA champion (2013)

Alexander M. Compton (born March 16, 1974) is a retired Filipino-born American basketball player who now serves as the head coach of Alaska Aces in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Early life and college career[edit]

Born in Makati in the Philippines, Compton and his family spent a year in northeastern Thailand when he was ten years old. His parents, both Southeast Asian Studies scholars, were researchers there.

He moved to Madison from upstate New York in 1988, when his parents began working at the University of Wisconsin. He was a starting guard on the 1992 Madison West High School basketball squad. There he teamed up with Mike Dammen to lead the school's only state championship team since 1945.

Although he dreamed of playing in a foreign league, he had no clue how to get to one until his junior year at Cornell. When a coach heard that he was born in the Philippines, he told Compton that he could play on a team in the Philippine Basketball Association. He found an agent, who arranged for him to join a team in July 1997, after graduation.

Playing career[edit]

Compton played four seasons in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association with the Manila Metrostars and the Batangas Blades. He won the 1999 MBA Most Valuable Player award when the Metrostars won the national title, and won another championship with the Blades in 2001.

By the time the MBA folded in 2002, Compton was a fixture in Philippine basketball and fully assimilated into the culture. However, he still could not play in the PBA due to the league's eligibility rules, which do not allow naturalized Filipino citizens to play. Instead, he appeared on television as a basketball analyst. Compton also got an exception from the Philippine Basketball League. He played for the Sunkist-UST Tigers and the Montaña Pawnshop Jewels from 2002–2006. He led the Jewels to its only PBL crown in the 2005 PBL Open Championship.

Coaching career[edit]

In the 2006–07 PBA Philippine Cup, Compton was hired as one of the assistant coaches of the Dragons before being allowed by the PBA to play as the team's second import for the 2007 and 2008 PBA Fiesta Conference, his only PBA appearance as a player. He was elevated to the assistant head coaching position with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters from 2006 to 2009.

He then moved over to Powerade Tigers as assistant to Bo Perasol until its last conference in 2012.[1]

After the Powerade franchise was sold to GlobalPort, he became assistant to Luigi Trillo of Alaska. He helped the squad win the 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup, their 14th title and the first in the post-Tim Cone era.[2]

Two games into the 2014 PBA Governors' Cup, he was appointed the head coach of Alaska Aces,[3] replacing Luigi Trillo.[4] In his first head coaching stint, he led the Aces to the semi-finals, losing to Rain or Shine in full five games.[5]

In the following season, he steered the Aces to the 2014-15 Philippine Cup Finals, only to lose to San Miguel Beermen in seven games. He also guided the Aces to the 2015 Governors' Cup Finals only to be swept by the Beermen in four games. In a rematch of the previous season's Philippine Cup Finals, the Beermen once again beat the Alaska Aces in 7 games, completing the Beermen's historic comeback from down 0-3 to win the series.

National Team[edit]

In 2015, Compton was invited by Philippines men's national basketball team head coach Tab Baldwin to be one of his coaching staff as assistant coach.

Personal life[edit]

Compton is currently married to a Filipina, model Michelle Astudillo.[6][7]


External links[edit]

Preceded by
John Ferriols
MBA Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Rommel Adducul