Racela set to take over as Falcons coach

    AFTER an unceremonious exit with Blackwater in the PBA, coach Nash Racela will likely get a fresh start and a return stint in the UAAP after five years.

    Racela is reportedly set to take over Adamson University’s coaching reins, replacing Franz Pumaren.

    Baby Falcons tactician Mike Fermin took over from Pumaren on an interim basis in February.

    Adamson has yet to confirm or deny the development.

    If Racela gets the job, he will get the chance to redeem himself from a forgettable last two years in the PBA.

    Racela, who also called the shots for TNT, was handed the pink slip by the Bossing after Blackwater lost 19 straight games, including a 0-13 card in the Philippine Cup in Bacolor, Pampanga.

    In 2015, Racela steered Far Eastern University to its last UAAP title against University of Santo Tomas.

    The Falcons emerged with a 10-4 record after the elimination round for second but fell to No. 3 and eventual runners-up University of the Philippines in their Final Four battle in 2018.

    The likes of 5-foot-10 guard Jerom Lastimosa and Congolese big man Lenda Dounga are expected to lead Adamson in its campaign next season.

    The Falcons lost gunner Valandre Chauca and big man Simon Camacho due to graduation.

    Fil-Nigerian playmaker Jerrick Ahanmisi also chose to forego his final year and is now proving his worth with Magnolia in the pros.

    Aside from Lastimosa and Dounga, young guns AP Manlapaz and Joem Sabandal, along with new additions Joaquin Jaymalin and Roger Syvels delos Reyes are expected to lead Adamson’s bid to win its first title since 1977.