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As a player, Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson established a name for himself as a scrappy, hardworking and tough playmaker willing to do the dirty work. Although he stood just 5-foot-7, Robinson was quicker than the majority of his contemporaries during his prime.

His offensive skills were limited, but Robinson worked more on the less glamorous side of the game—on the defensive end, where he knew he could instantly contribute.
“It’s not always about talent,” says Robinson. “It’s about character and hard work.”

Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net
Coaching was a natural transition for Robinson, who also briefly dabbled into sports broadcasting. He went on to coach his alma mater, San Sebastian, before finding himself in Intramuros as coach of the Lyceum Pirates, who have been installed as a favorite in NCAA Season 93 after an early upset of defending champion San Beda.

To some extent, Robinson’s rise as an obscure guard taken at No. 44 in the 2001 Rookie Draft mirrors his coaching path. Robinson didn’t get to play in the PBA until two seasons later when he was given an opportunity by Red Bull.

He spent time in the amateur Philippine Basketball League before he seized the opportunity in the pros, enjoying an extended career which saw him win two titles and earn All Defensive team nod in 2006.

While coaching the Pirates, who became a contender thanks to the entry of the athletic CJ Perez and guards JV and JC Marcelino, Robinson draws from his own experiences as a player who needed to work his way to reach his dreams. He puts a positive spin on each loss, while keeping his players grounded with every win.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/257594/yes-dad-er-coach

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