MANILA, Philippines - Nash Racela, the man who pinch-hit for coach Norman Black in Talk n Text’s first game in the current PBA Philippine Cup while the latter was finishing his job for five-peat champs Ateneo in the UAAP, may yet handle a team that had been one of the Blue Eagles’ bitter rivals – Far Eastern U.
Tamaraws officials yesterday confirmed that negotiations with Racela are ongoing for what’s largely viewed as start of a “revamp” of the coaching staff in the wake of the squad’s disastrous campaign in the 75th season following runner-up finishes the last two years.
“Nash is a candidate for FEU coach,” FEU athletics director Mark Molina confirmed in a text message yesterday.
The name of Racela came as a big surprise since he has no known affiliation with the Tams previously.
Reports also have it that Johnny Abarrientos, one of coach Bert Flores’ assistants, is also being considered for the position although the Flying A may be tapped for the juniors team instead.
A revamp for the Tams’ basketball crew is imminent, according to another source.
“FEU will appoint a new head coach and coaching staff by end-October,” said the source.