A MASSIVE revamp of the Barangay Ginebra coaching staff is set to unfold over the next few days.
According to sources, the imminent arrival of new coach Jeffrey Cariaso will set off a shake-up of the Ginebra coaching staff beginning with the arrival of Olsen Racela, who is set to join his fellow San Mig assistant on the bench of the PBA's most popular team.
Racela, who briefly coached Petron/San Miguel before moving to serve as a deputy of Tim Cone at San Mig, has been given the green light to assist Cariaso when Ginebra makes the transition from a run-and-gun system to a triangle offense, the source added.
The changes should be in place when Ginebra returns to practice for the season-ending Governors Cup on Monday, just over a week after a disappointing quarterfinal exit from the Commissioner's Cup.
A source said Cariaso, a former Rookie of the Year and many-time All-Star, tried to bring along both Racela and Johnny Abarrientos from San Mig to Ginebra, but only the former got the nod.
“Mukhang approve na yung paglipat ni Olsen. Inaayos na lang. Dapat si Johnny A din kasama, kaso hindi na pumayag si Tim (Cone),” said the source.
“Gusto kasi ni Jeff mga kakilala niya ang makakasama. Hindi naman sa ayaw niya yung mga andun ngayon, pero syempre, kailangan niyo yung makakatulong sa kanya,” said the source.
There is still no official word on the movement of the current members of the Ginebra coaching staff, but a source bared that at this point it is only Jorge Gallent who is certain of staying on.
Another information bared that former Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos is also on the radar of Ginebra.
Meanwhile, current head Ginebra head coach Ato Agustin is likely to return to San Miguel Beer, the same team he led to the championship of the 2011 Governors’ Cup which is set to kick off on May 24 at the latest, assuming the best-of-seven Commissioner’s Cup finals goes the distance.
Art Dela Cruz will most likely move to Barako Bull to join former Ginebra coach Siot Tanquincen, who will assume the role of head coach of the Energy starting next conference.
On the other hand, current team manager Alfrancis Chua is set to be moved up to team governor in place of Robert Non, who will take over San Miguel's place in the board vacated by the late Ely Capacio.
The fate of Juno Sauler, Allan Caidic and Freddie Abuda remains in the balance, but sources say the three are at the moment focusing on the Dela Salle Green Archers, who are backed by San Miguel Corp. big boss Danding Cojuangco.
“Sa Lunes pa talaga yan ma-a-announce. Yung finality niyan sa Lunes na ilalabas,” said the source.