MIKE Oliver, the high school basketball coach of Far Eastern University-Diliman, has been named to call the shots for the Philippine youth team, a source told Spin.ph.
Oliver will be replacing Jamike Jarin, who has assumed the head-coaching job of the San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA following his long stint with the Batang Gilas.
A former FEU point guard who won a title with the team in the 1997 UAAP season, Oliver is currently the head coach of the Baby Tamaraws, who he led to a UAAP juniors championship in 2012.
Oliver will be handling the Batang Gilas Under-16 national squad which will compete in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Under-16 championship set April 10-21 in Cagayan De Oro City.
The Seaba youth tilt serves as the qualifier for the Fiba-Asia Under-16 tournament.
Oliver definitely has big shoes to fill in with the Batang Gilas.
Under Jarin, the Batang Gilas reached last year’s Fiba Under-17 World Championship held in Dubai where the team eventually finished 15th among 16 countries.
The team earned a berth to the world tilt after finishing a surprising second behind China in the 2013 Fiba-Asia U-16 Championship.