Former Petron Blaze Boosters head coach will join Tim Cone as an assistant coaching staff in San Mig Coffee Mixers team.
After 16 years with the same franchise carrying the San Miguel Beer and Petron banners, Olsen Racela is moving on.
Olsen Racela, who was appointed coach of the Boosters before the start of the season, will join the coaching staff of San Mig Coffee, another team under the San Miguel Corporation umbrella.
Mixers coach Tim Cone confirmed the news to InterAKTV.
“Just got the official word that Olsen is coming to our team and Koy Banal is going to Petron,” Cone wrote in a text message.
Gee Abanilla, Racela’s erstwhile chief deputy, will reportedly take over coaching chores at the Boosters.
Olsen Racela spent 14 seasons as a point guard with San Miguel Beer before retiring in 2011. He was an assistant under Ato Agustin before assuming head coaching duties.
Curiously, Racela returns to the same franchise where he began his PBA career in 1993. Then known as Coney Island, the Purefoods squad drafted Racela in the second round that year, making the team as a third-string point guard behind Dindo Pumaren and Frankie Lim.
Cone also coached Olsen Racela in the Philippine Centennial Team that won the bronze medal in the 1998 Asian Games. Racela was the backup point guard to Johnny Abarrientos, who is also part of the San Mig Coffee coaching staff.
Olsen Racela met with San Miguel Corporation basketball officials on Tuesday, presumably to discuss the coaching move, but offered no details about what transpired during the meeting.