PBA: Cariaso accepts Converge’s decision to ‘relieve’ him as head coach

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 9) – Converge FiberXers head coach Jeff Cariaso said he has accepted the decision of team management to “relieve” him as the young squad’s lead tactician.

In his Instagram post on Tuesday, Cariaso said he made the decision after he met with Converge team owner Dennis Anthony Uy on Monday.

"It is with utmost respect that I accept the decision of the Converge management to relieve me as the head coach of the FiberXers," Cariaso said.

The PBA legend said he has no ill feelings against the management of Converge, but added that he should have been given more time to bring the young team on the “right path.”

“I am proud of what we are able to accomplish with one conference with Converge,” Cariaso said. “Like what I have always emphasized with the team: with any setback – move on, move forward. Go on to the next play.”

The FiberXers management has yet to issue a formal statement on the release of Cariaso as head coach.

In their first PBA conference, Cariaso led Converge to a playoff stint after they clinched the seventh seed with a 5-6 record in the eliminations of the 2022 Philippine Cup.

The FiberXers settled for a quarterfinals finish after they were beaten by twice-to-beat holder and defending Philippine Cup champions TNT Tropang Giga in their lone playoff matchup.

Cariaso is one of the holdovers of the Alaska Aces squad, whose franchise was bought by Converge earlier this year.