Olsen Racela Named as New Head Coach of University of Perpetual Help for NCAA Season 100
The University of Perpetual Help has announced the appointment of Olsen Racela as its new head coach for the upcoming NCAA Season 100. This move was confirmed on Thursday, Jan. 11, as the team prepares for the centennial season of the oldest collegiate league in the Philippines.
Racela, who currently serves as an assistant coach for Barangay Ginebra, will take on the role of guiding the Altas in their NCAA campaign. He will be stepping in for Myk Saguiguit, who was unable to lead the squad to a Final Four appearance in the previous season.
The team’s manager, Scottie Thompson, a celebrated Perpetual star in the past, welcomed Racela in a social media post, expressing excitement for the new addition to the coaching staff.
In addressing any potential concerns regarding the influence of San Miguel Corp., which owns the Ginebra franchise and was a significant supporter of Letran’s three-peat, Thompson clarified that there was no involvement of SMC in Racela’s appointment.
Racela brings a strong track record of achievements, with nine PBA championships and six All-Star selections as a player, as well as 10 titles in his coaching career with multiple teams in the pro league.
With Jielo Razon out of the lineup, the Altas are expected to rely on Art Roque, Christian Pagaran, and Cyrus Nitura as key players in the upcoming season.