San Mig Coffee won the 2013 PBA Governor’s Cup, but what was more amazing was that it was the 15th title for coach Tim Cone, who ties legendary Baby Dalupan as the league’s winningest mentor.
“I’m so very humbled. He is my idol. My first Finals appearance many (23) years ago was against coach Baby Dalupan. I was so intimidated then coaching against him and they beat us, 3-2,” said the 56-year-old Cone, who started his coaching career with Alaska in 1989.
Cone, who steered Alaska to 13 crowns, said the now 90-year-old Dalupan influenced him very much as a coach.
“He had a great impact on me as a coach. I hope, I can also be of the same to our younger generation of coaches,” Cone said, whose Coffee Mixers crushed Petron Blaze, 87-77, in Game 7 of the Finals before a crowd of more than 21,000 at the Big Dome Friday night.
The Oregon, USA born Cone has given the Coffee Mixers two
titles and brought his team to the finals thrice in the last six conferences.
With Cone tying the all-time league record, other active coaches
like Norman Black would likely follow. The Talk ‘N Text coach has 10 PBA under his belt, while Chot Reyes and Jong Uichico have eight apiece.
Other winning coaches in the league were Tommy Manotoc with six, while Yeng Guiao, Dante Silverio and Robert Jaworski are tied with five apiece.
Ed Ocampo had 4, Arturo Valenzona, Ryan Gregorio and Siot Tanquingcen had three each, and Derrick Pumaren, Perry Ronquillo and Eric Altamirano two each.
Winning one championship each were Narciso Bernardo, Ron Jacob, Jimmy Mariano, Arlene Rodriguez, Ely Capacio, Boyet Fernandez, Joel Banal, Rino Salazar, Ato Agustin and Luigi Trillo. FRANK CALAPRE