Leo Isaac

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Leo Isaac
Blackwater Elite
Position Head coach
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1961-02-02) February 2, 1961 (age 56)
Nationality Filipino
Career information
College Mapúa Institute of Technology
PBA draft 1986
Selected by the Ginebra San Miguel
Playing career 1986–1995
Career history
As player:
1986–1991 Ginebra San Miguel / Añejo Rum 65
1992–93 Shell Rimula X Oilers
1994–95 Tondeña 65 Rhum Masters / Ginebra San Miguel
As coach:
1998–1999 Doctor J/Ana Water Dispenser (PBL)
1999–2000 Boom Laundry Masters (PBL)
2000–2001 Montaña Pawnshop Jewels (PBL)
2002–2003 Blu All Purpose Detergent Kings (PBL)
2007–2008 Mapua Cardinals (NCAA)
2009 Barako Bull Energy Boosters (PBA)
2010–2011 Arellano Chiefs (NCAA)
2011–2014 Blackwater Elite (PBA D-League)
2014–present Blackwater Elite (PBA)

Leandro Isaac (born February 2, 1961) is a Filipino former basketball player, commentator and current head coach of the Blackwater Elite in the Philippine Basketball Association.

College career[edit]

He played for the Mapua Cardinals in the NCAA from 1978 to 1981 and was voted MVP for the 1981 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. His notable teammates include Joel Banal, Junel Baculi, and Bong Ramos.

PBA career[edit]

He played for Ginebra San Miguel from 1986 to 1991 and 1994 to 1995. In his rookie season in 1986, he helped Ginebra win its first ever championship during the 1986 PBA Open Conference. He earned his spot in coach Robert Jaworski's rotation as a reliable backcourt defender and his valuable contributions on defense helped the Gin Kings win two more championships in 1988 and 1991.[1]

Prior to the start of 1992 PBA season, he was traded to Pepsi for Tonichi Yturri, and then to Shell Rimula-X in exchange for Gido Babilonia and Leo Austria.[2] He helped the Oilers win the 1992 First Conference championship against the San Miguel Beermen. He stayed with the team until the 1993 season.

He retired from playing in the PBA after the 1995 season.

Coaching career[edit]

Philippine Basketball League[edit]

He once mentored teams such as Dr. J. Alcohol / Ana Water Dispenser, Boom Laundry Masters, Montaña Jewels, Blu All Purpose Detergent Kings, and Noosa Shoe Stars. In 1998, while coaching for Doctor J, he won his first ever championship as a coach at the expense of the heavily favored Tanduay team in the 1998-99 2nd PBL Centennial Cup.

Mapua Cardinals[edit]

Isaac took over as Mapua's head coach prior to the 2007 season.[3] He led the Cardinals to back-to-back Final 4 slots wherein during both appearances they were at #4. His records with them were 6-6 and 9-5, respectively.

Barako Bull Energy Boosters[edit]

In 2009, Isaac was hired as head coach for the Barako Bull Energy Boosters in the PBA [4] after Yeng Guiao resigned and later moved to Burger King Whoppers. His chief lieutenants were Raymund Celis and Ariel Vanguardia. He was then succeeded by Junel Baculi after coaching just one season.

Arellano University[edit]

He led them to several titles including the NCRAA championship in 2007.[5] After a season coaching Red Bull, in 2010 he once again coached the Chiefs, this time, in the NCAA for two seasons.

Blackwater Elite (PBA D-League)[edit]

In 2011, Isaac was appointed head coach of the Blackwater Elite, one of the founding franchises in the newly formed PBA Developmental League.[6] He helped the Elite win its first and only championship against the NLEX Road Warriors during the 2013 PBA D-League Foundation Cup and in the process, earned the distinction as the only team who beat the Road Warriors in the Finals.[7]

Blackwater Elite (PBA)[edit]

In 2014, Isaac was retained as the team's head coach after team owner Dioceldo Sy elevated his franchise as an expansion team in the PBA. He is expected to inject the "never-say-die" experience that he got from his playing years with Ginebra. However, his team was winless in the Philippine Cup, with 0-11 win-loss record.[8] In his first season with the Elite, he compiled a 6-27 win-loss record.

Coaching record[edit]

Professional record[edit]

Season Conference Team Elims./Clas. round Playoffs
W L PCT Finish PG W L PCT Results
2008–09 Fiesta BAR 2 10 .143 10th 1 0 1 .000 Lost in wildcard phase
2014–15 Philippine Cup BWE 0 11 .000 12th 0 0 0 .000 Eliminated
2014–15 Commissioner's Cup BWE 3 8 .273 12th 0 0 0 .000 Eliminated
2014–15 Governors' Cup BWE 3 8 .273 12th 0 0 0 .000 Eliminated


  • He was also a PBA commentator during the 2003 season.
  • Outside of basketball, he is also an avid analyst of horse racing.[9]


  1. ^ http://ginebratambayan.hooxs.com/t1787-nang-maging-champion-ang-ginebra
  2. ^ Nazareno, Rocky (January 14, 1992). "Cuenco, Isaac go to Shell Rimulas" (January 14, 1992). Manila Standard. 
  3. ^ "Koy Banal Departure from San Beda". GameFace.ph. Retrieved February 22, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Red Bull names ex-cage star Isaac new coach". GMA News. January 29, 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Arellano U claims 1st ever NCRAA title". InboundPass.WordPress.com. March 2, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "D-League Watch: Black Water Elite". Yahoo! News Philippines. March 18, 2011. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Blackwater Defeated NLEX in PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals". Philippine News. June 6, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ Ramos, Gerry. "Opening-day loss to KIA the beginning of the end for Blackwater, rues coach Leo Isaac". Spin.ph. Spin.ph. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "PBA coaches split between Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs for Game Seven". InterAksyon.com. June 20, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
Preceded by
Dr. J Rubbing Alcohol head coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Montaña Pawnshop head coach
Succeeded by
Turo Valenzona
Preceded by
Blustar Detergent Kings head coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Horacio Lim
Mapua Cardinals men's basketball head coach
Succeeded by
Chito Victolero
Preceded by
Arellano Chiefs men's basketball head coach
Until 2009
Succeeded by
Junjie Ablan
Preceded by
Noosa Shoe Stars head coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Yeng Guiao
Barako Bull Energy Boosters head coach
Succeeded by
Junel Baculi
Preceded by
Junjie Ablan
Arellano Chiefs men's basketball head coach
Succeeded by
Koy Banal
Preceded by
Blackwater Sports (PBA D-League) head coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Blackwater Elite head coach
Succeeded by