Racela a proud papa as he exits FEU on his birthday

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 30, 2016 10:24 PM
Racela a proud papa as he exits FEU on his birthday
FATHER FIGURE. Nash Racela came out on the losing end on his birthday, but will leave FEU with a winning culture.

“Happy.”

Nash Racela was far from a picture of disappointment as Far Eastern University was dethroned on Wednesday.

Nash Racela was far from a picture of disappointment as he called his last shots in the UAAP.

Nash Racela was far from a picture of disappointment as he didn’t get his desired birthday gift.

“Happy. Happy birthday nga diba,” a still smiling Racela told reporters after his Tamaraws bowed out of contention in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

For those still not in know, Racela was nicknamed “Nash” because his birthday fell on National Heroes Day.

And so, the now 45-year-old made it clear that it shouldn’t be sad day at all that FEU lost their title and that he will now be moving on to TNT in the PBA. As he put it, “I don’t want my stint with FEU to be defined by this last game. I think we did well with the program and I know a lot of positive things will come after.”

In his four years in Morayta, Racela oversaw one championship, four playoff berths, and players from RR Garcia to Terrence Romeo and from Mac Belo to Raymar Jose make a name for themselves.

However, the one-time UAAP champion coach said that he would not like to be judged by his win-loss record alone. “Tinatanong ko sa kanila kanina if they did their best and the answer was yes. Sa amin naman sa FEU, that’s all we ask from out players,” he said.

He then continued, “As a coach, sometimes even if you win, but nakita mo na 60 percent lang ang binibigay ng players mo, you don’t like that. Today, even if we lost, I know they gave more than a hundred so I’m proud of how we played today and how we performed the whole season.

In the end, Racela said he wants his legacy with the Tamaraws to be all about guiding the growth of young men on and off the court. “When I got my appointment sa TNT, some of my players before were texting me ‘Congratulations, dad’ and ‘Congratulations, tatay.’ Sa akin, I think that’s more important,” he shared.

For his part, Ateneo de Manila University coach Tab Baldwin was all praises for the foe he felled. “My heart goes out to coach Nash. What an outstanding job and what an outstanding coach he is,” he expressed.

He also added, “The guy is a class person and an outstanding coach. Anybody that says anything different should shut their mouth real fast.”

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