Olsen all set to ‘continue what Nash has started’ in FEU
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 21, 2016 07:58 PM
RA-RA. Olsen Racela will still be surrounded by the same staff which backstopped his younger brother.
There was a coaching change, but apparently, nothing will be changing in Far Eastern University.
At the most, the only difference for the Tamaraws next season will be the first name of their head coach.
“I’ll be running the same system as coach Nash. There will be some adjustments, but basically, I’m here to continue what coach Nash has started,” Olsen Racela said on Wednesday, a day after he was named the new coach of FEU.
The 46-year-old Racela fills the shoes of younger brother Nash who has since moved onto taking the reins for TNT KaTropa in the PBA. “I’m very excited to be taking over FEU, a program that has always been a contender,” he expressed.
Staying with the Tamaraws and with the new Racela in campus will still be assistant coaches Johnny Abarrientos, Ryan Betia, Eric Gonzales, Gilbert Lao, Jojo Lastimosa, and Josh Reyes.
The kuya between the two went on to call his sibling’s four-year stint “wonderful.” “I just hope to do the same and, hopefully, also win a championship for FEU,” he said.
Olsen was a nine-time champion in the professional ranks and is considered one of the steadiest pointmen in the history of Philippine basketball. He spent most of his professional career with San Miguel after suiting up for Ateneo de Manila University.
Following his retirement, “The Big O” transitioned onto the sidelines as assistant coach for Petron, Purefoods, and most recently, Ginebra.
He new coach of FEU will be tasked to continue the winning tradition already established by his sibling who left Morayta with one championship, four playoff berths, and players from RR Garcia to Terrence Romeo and from Mac Belo to Raymar Jose making a name for themselves.
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