Racela back in PBA as Blackwater coach

Delfin Dioquino
Nash Racela replaces Aris Dimaunahan as he reunites with his former FEU players in Blackwater

COMEBACK. Nash Racela returns to the PBA a year after being sacked by TNT. Photo from PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines – Nash Racela will call the shots in the PBA anew after being tapped as Blackwater head coach ahead of next season. 

Racela signed a two-year deal with the Elite and replaced Aris Dimaunahan, team governor Silliman Sy confirmed on Wednesday, November 27. 

“Yes, coach Nash Racela is with Blackwater,” Sy said in a Facebook exchange. 

The 47-year-old last coached TNT in the PBA, guiding the team to a finals and 5 playoffs appearances in his two years at the helm.

But Racela was sacked by the KaTropa in 2018 after a dismal start to the Governors’ Cup with Bong Ravena taking his place. 

Racela will reunite with his former FEU players Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Mike Tolomia as he tries to turn the franchise around following the Elite’s last-place finishes in two conferences this season. 

“Coach Nash will bring with him the rich experience in many years of coaching and a culture of hard work with right values for the players,” Sy said of Racela, who led FEU to a UAAP title in 2015. Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.