Jeff Cariaso takes over as Alaska’s Head Coach

After five years, the Alaska Aces will have a new man at the helm.

In a statement released today, the Aces revealed that Coach Alex Compton has resigned as the head coach of the team. Taking his place as the new head coach is his long-time assistant Jeff Cariaso.

“Yesterday at his house, a man I deeply respect, Fred Uytengsu, sat down with me, looked me in the eye, and asked me to step down,” Compton revealed in the statement. “I accepted his direction and have agreed to resign as head coach of the Alaska Aces.”

“We also share that winning (with integrity) is an important aspect of our team and are grateful that Alex stepped aside to pave the way for someone else to lead the Aces to our next Championship,” Team Owner Fred Uytengsu said in the statement.

Compton led the Aces to five Finals appearances in his five years as head coach. He also played a crucial role as an assistant coach in Alaska’s 2013 title, their first championship of the post-Time Cone era.

Cariaso will now step as head coach and has full support of the management. “We are pleased to appoint Jeff to the Head Coach Position,” Uytengsu announced. “We also hope Jeff will become the firstĀ Alaska player to win championships both as a player and as a head coach.”

Cariaso has been an assistant coach with Alaska since 2015.

“Truly a blessing to elevate into this level of leadership,” Cariaso said about his new position. “I am honored for the opportunity, and genuinely humbled as I face the challenge.”