MANILA, Philippines – Nash Racela will be replacing Jong Uichico as head coach of TNT KaTropa, according to a report from Inquirer.net on Wednesday, October 19.
TNT has yet to make an official announcement. Requests for comment from Racela and team manager Virgil Villavicencio were not answered by the time of this story’s publication.
The UAAP champion coach of the FEU Tamaraws is set to take the head coaching job after being a longtime assistant. But he will likely have to let go of his post at FEU as UAAP coaches are not allowed to simultaneously handle PBA teams.
Racela, who is also an assistant coach for the national team, moved to coach the Tamaraws in 2012 and led them to two finals apperances and the school’s first men’s basketball title in a decade last year.
Uichico became coach of TNT in 2014 and led the team to the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup title. But TNT fell short of expectations in the 2016 Governors’ Cup, bowing out in the semifinals in just 4 games against sister team Meralco despite finishing the eliminations with a 10-1 record and the top seed. – Rappler.com
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