Olsen Racela bringing dribble-drive offense, Ginebra defensive mentality to FEU
Olsen Racela doesn't expect to make major changes to a team that became a perennial title contender in a four-year period under brother Nash crowned by a UAAP championship in 2015. Jerome Ascano

OLSEN Racela wants to continue what his brother Nash has laid down at Far Eastern University as he takes over the head-coaching duties for the Tamaraws beginning in Season 80 of the UAAP.

Racela, 46, said he doesn't expect to make major changes to a team that became a perennial title contender in a four-year period under Nash crowned by a championship in 2015.

“I’m very excited to be taking over the FEU program who has been really a contender throughout the years, even during my time. I’m excited and at the same time, (it's a) big challenge for me.

“Basically, I’m here to continue whatever Coach Nash has started. He has done a wonderful job for four seasons. I hope to continue that,” said the former PBA star and many-time national player.

Olsen, currently an assistant coach of Barangay Ginebra in the PBA, was appointed to the Tamaraws coaching job after Nash was named head coach of TNT KaTropa in the PBA.

The former San Miguel star guard said he and Nash share the same philosophies and vision.

“We share the same vision when it comes to mentorship, guiding young men to become better players, better students, and more importantly, better individuals. ‘Yun ang gusto kong i-continue.

“More than the basketball side, mas importante ‘yung after basketball. We want to continue that same program that Nash had,” said Olsen, who also briefly handled the Philippine Youth team and had a short stint as coach of Petron (now San Miguel) in the PBA.

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Olsen said he will continue to use the dribble-drive offense, which he employed during his stint as coach of the youth team, while also injecting a defensive mentality similar to that of Ginebra.

“I’m also very familiar with the dribble drive system that they (Tamaraws) run. I ran that before when I was with the youth team. FEU players are very comfortable with that system so itutuloy ko lang ‘yun. Siguro a few adjustments.


“But I want to bring the defensive mentality to FEU much like we do here in Ginebra,” said Olsen.

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