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10-30-2012, 01:49 PM
Nash Racela is new FEU head coach
By Mark Giongco

8:59 pm | Monday, October 29th, 2012 Share on facebook_likeShare 1MANILA, Philippines – Nash Racela, Talk ‘N Text’s long-time assistant coach, has been officially named as Far Eastern University head coach.

For weeks, Racela kept his lips sealed amid early reports of his coaching stint with the Tamaraws.

“FEU Head Coach will be Nash Racela effective November 1,” Anton Montinola, representative of FEU to the UAAP Board said in a text message Monday night.

Racela succeeded Bert Flores as the Tamaraws’ head coach.

Flores hinted last month that he might not return as head coach just moments after FEU failed to make the Final Four for the first time since 2007.

Racela is also the head coach of new team Fruitas Shakers in the PBA D-League

10-30-2012, 01:52 PM
Fruitas win forfeited for fielding ineligible player
By Mark Giongco
1:23 pm | Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – PBA Commissioner Chito Salud has nullified Fruitas’ 88-82 win over Cafe France after the Shakers played an ineligible player in their PBA D-League debut last Thursday.

In an article posted Tuesday in the league’s website, Salud also slapped the team with a P25,000 fine for fielding in Joseph Erioubu in the second quarter despite “the lack of documentary requirements to prove that he is a Filipino citizen.”

“This Office having no record in its file of the submission of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Order of Recognition, the minimum requirement for foreign-born players like Mr. Erioubu, holds that the said player is ineligible to play in the PBA D-League until such time that he complies with the league’s documentary requirements,” Salud informed Fruitas head coach Nash Racela in his letter stating his decision.

Erioubu’s mother is a Filipino but having born in Hong Kong, the six-foot-four forward must have an Order of Recognition from the immigration department to be eligible in the D-League.

The 20-year-old Erioubu, who also plays for Mapua, played for eight minutes and recorded two points on one-of-four shooting from the field.

Fruitas hopes to put the matter behind it when it battles Cebuana Lhuillier on November 8.

The Shakers will be favored to win with key cogs from three-time NCAA champion San Beda already available to give them a boost.

10-30-2012, 01:56 PM
Racela takes over as Tams' mentor
By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) Updated October 30, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Far Eastern U has appointed Nash Racela as the Tams new coach following the team’s disastrous campaign in the UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball tournament where it missed the Final Four after back-to-back runner-up finishes.

“FEU head coach will be Nash Racela effective Nov. 1,” FEU’s representative to the UAAP board Anton Montinola told The STAR yesterday.

Racela, currently an assistant coach with Talk n Text in the Philippine Basketball Association, is set to take over the reins of the team that failed to make it to this year’s UAAP semis despite staying in the Top 3 majority of the double-round elims.

Montinola said under Racela, the Tams expect to make a huge turnaround in Season 76.

“Finals or championship next season,” he said when asked about the Tams’ expectations from their new coach, who will replace veteran Bert Flores.

Racela’s appointment ushers in a coaching revamp for the FEU seniors team after its fifth place finish, with Flores’ deputy Johnny Abarrientos spared from the overhaul.

10-30-2012, 02:09 PM
UAAP: FEU taps Nash Racela as new head coach
October 29, 2012 8:08pm

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws have replaced Bert Flores as their head coach, tapping the services of Nash Racela to take his place.

Team manager and representative to the UAAP board Anton Montinola confirmed the change to GMA News Online via text message.

Flores returned for a second stint of duty as Tamaraws head coach in 2011, replacing Glenn Capacio, and in two seasons, compiled a record of 18-10 in the elimination round. In Season 74, FEU stunned second-seeded Adamson University to advance to the Finals, where they were swept by Ateneo. The next year, the Tams lost a playoff against the DLSU Green Archers to finish fifth, outside of the Final Four.

Racela, his replacement, is an assistant to former Ateneo head coach and current Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters head coach Norman Black in the PBA. The brother of Petron Blaze Boosters mentor Olsen Racela is also head coach of the PBA Developmental League's Fruitas Shakers.

FEU loses just big men Clarence Foronda and Mark Bringas to graduation, although former MVP RR Garcia is undecided if he will return for his final year of collegiate eligibility. The team may have an able replacement for him in the wings though, as athletics director Mark Molina earlier tweeted out that the team has a written agreement from juniors division star and Baby Tam Jerie Pingoy to stay with Far Eastern in the seniors division. - AMD, GMA News

10-30-2012, 02:10 PM
FEU recently tapped Nash Racela to be their new head coach, replacing Bert Flores. Racela was an assistant to his brother Olsen Racela, when the latter was the head coach of the RP Youth Under-18 team, which included Pingoy. - AMD, GMA News

10-30-2012, 02:23 PM
Nash Racela tapped as Tamaraws Head Coach
by inboundpass

Monday, 29 October 2012 9 Comments ShareAfter a dismal finish in the recently concluded UAAP Basketball tournament, Far Eastern University has decided to make a coaching change, starting next month.

The Tamaraws, who missed the final four for the first time since 2007, has tapped the services of Nash Racela to replace Bert Flores, who led the team to two finals appearance after Glenn Capacio era, as head coach of the Tamaraws.

“FEU is pleased to announce the appointment of Nash Racela as Head Coach of the FEU Tamaraws Men’s Basketball Team effective November 1, 2012,” according to the FEU Official Facebook page. “We look forward to an exciting UAAP Season 76 as FEU celebrates its 85th year in 2013.”

It was also echoed by FEU Athletic Director Mark Molina in his twitter account: “Welcome to FEU @scwtN.” @scwtN is the twitter name of Racela.

Racela is no stranger in his new post as he led the Batangas Blades to the Metropolitan Basketball Association title on 2001.

He also mentored the reigning NCAA titlist San Beda College from 2004-2005.

Racela, is currently the head tactician of Fruitas Shakers in PBA D-League, and is expected to bring the Tamaraws to their 20th title as they hold the most number of championships with 19.

They last won the crown in 2005 during the rookie season of Flores with notable players like Most Valuable Player Arwind Santos, Mark Isip, Jeffrei Chan, Benedict Fernandez, Jonas Villanueva and RJ Rizada on one page en route to a two-game sweep of De La Salle University in the title series

10-30-2012, 02:26 PM
Good Choice bro!

11-03-2012, 05:25 AM
Long wait worth it as Nash thrilled to be back in college game
By Reuben Terrado

October 29, 2012, 09:00 pm

It has been more than seven years since Nash Racela held a college head-coaching job at San Beda. Now a more experienced Racela is back in the college game as coach of perennial UAAP contender FEU. Jerome Ascano
NASH Racela hopes to complete a job he left unfinished seven years ago.

The year 2005 marked the last time Racela handled a college basketball team, an inexperienced coach at the reins of a rebuilding San Beda Red Lions team in the NCAA. So forgettable was the campaign that Racela was no longer around even before the eliminations could end.

The man who replaced him, Koy Banal, went on to steer the Red Lions to their first championship in 28 years behind a roster bannered by Nigerian import Sam Ekwe, Pong Escobal, and Yousif Aljamal.

Now, Racela finds himself back in the college game after he was named the new mentor of the underachieving Far Eastern University Tamaraws in the UAAP, replacing Bert Flores.

The official appointment of Racela came as a surprise since the school has long held a tradition of naming former players as varsity coaches. He is actually the first non-FEU alumnus to handle the team since – ironically enough - Banal called the shots for the team early in 2000.

Racela admitted being named FEU coach has yet to sink in when contacted by Spin.ph.

“Siguro para sa akin (talaga), it was worth the wait,” said Racela. “It’s nice to be back in college basketball.”

The FEU coaching job capped a blissful two weeks for Racela, who held a slew of assistant coaching jobs before the breaks started coming his way.

Just last week, he was formally introduced as head coach of the Fruitas Shakers in the PBA D-League. Before that, he was interim coach of Talk ‘N Text for at least two games as the team waited for Norman Black to wrap up unfinished business for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP.

It was a break Racela has long been itching for.

“I’ve been wanting to coach a team and it never came a reality,” admitted the soft-spoken younger brother of Petron head coach Olsen Racela. “I’m thankful to God na eto na ‘yung hinintay ko ng matagal. All of a sudden, I have two teams (to coach).”

Racela declined to speculate on the composition of next year’s FEU team after it missed the Final Four this season despite a winning 9-5 record. But he believes the Tamaraws will remain formidable as he looks forward to putting his imprint on one of the major teams in college basketball.

“I’m excited to lead the team," he said. "Alam naman natin na every year, FEU has always been a contender in the UAAP.”

11-04-2012, 10:13 PM
I think the hiring of Racela as coach of FEU is a prelude to the looming support of MVP since FEU is the alma mater of his dear father. Will this be the start of another FEU dynasty just like during the time of Johnny Abarientos and Vic Pablo?

11-04-2012, 10:14 PM

11-04-2012, 10:24 PM
sana next year mag-improve and hoping RR will stay, huwag na nila pilitin si pingoy kung ayaw talaga. 3 and 5 position need naten.

Dark Knight
11-06-2012, 01:54 PM
Though im no fan of Nash as a coach, he would be the best candidate for FEU coaching job. I will pick him for Abbarientos. How about Loui Alas?

11-07-2012, 06:11 PM
Louie Alas will stay as a Team Consultant thou he was saying he quit as being Coach of Letran knights..

11-11-2012, 06:30 AM
Well, denial means something thou....

11-11-2012, 06:31 AM
Alas approached for Eagles coaching job as candidates list expands
By Reuben Terrado

November 10, 2012, 12:33 pm

Louie Alas has been approached for the vacant Ateneo coaching job after his resignation at Letran.

LOUIE Alas has cropped up on Ateneo’s ‘wish list’ for its vacant coaching job as the school veered closer and closer to appointing another non-alumnus to one of the most high-profile positions in college basketball.

A source who asked not to be named confirmed the school has added not only Alas but also Adamson coach Leo Austria to the candidates list, and has even reached out to the former Letran coach to ask if he is willing to be recommended to the position.

Another source close to Alas has confirmed the approach to Spin.ph.

Alas recently announced his resignation as Letran coach after the Knights bowed to the San Beda Red Lions in the last NCAA Finals. He added that he is still open to help the school in a consultant role.

However, reports said Letran officials still plan to talk Alas out of resigning.

Alas and Austria join Alex Compton and Ateneo assistant coaches Sandy Arespacochaga and Jamike Jarin on the list of candidates to replace Norman Black, who moved to Talk ‘N Text in the PBA after leading the Blue Eagles to their fifth straight championship.

Compton, like Alas, an assistant coach at Alaska, has already been interviewed for the job.

Of late, Ateneo officials have made it clear that the job is Arespacochaga's for the taking. However, Black's longtime assistant has been cool to the overtures, ever since Ateneo's search committee chose Bo Perasol over him in the months after Black announced his plan to quit the job.

Perasol has since been released from a contract he signed with Ateneo after a falling-out between the school and top patron Manny Pangilinan.

If anyone among Alas, Austria and Compton is picked, he will become the fourth non-alumni to take on the Eagles' job in recent years after Joe Lipa, Joel Banal, and Black. Arespacochaga was the lone exception, having coached the team for one year before Black took over.

Over the years, several former stars have failed to get the Ateneo job, with former King Eagle Jun Reyes losing out to Banal and Petron coach Olsen Racela reportedly overlooked in favor of Perasol.

On Saturday, national coach Chot Reyes hinted on his Twitter account that another non-alumnus is in line to be named to the job.

“Sa Lakers unknown pa (ang next coach) pero sa Eagles alam na :) hindi alumnus #theAteneoWay,” Reyes wrote on his Twitter account @coachot.

Ateneo athletic director Ricky Palou and team manager Paolo Trillo, however, have insisted that no decision has been made, but added that they expect to discuss the coaching position soon with Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin.

11-11-2012, 06:35 AM
When informed about national coach Chot Reyes’ tweet, Ateneo athletic director Ricky Palou said: “Wala pa eh, wala nga 'yung presidente namin dito, he is out of the country. How can Chot know that na hindi pa namin alam?”

11-11-2012, 06:35 AM
ATENEO officials insist the Blue Eagles still do not have a coach, denying a tweet by national coach Chot Reyes implying that the reigning champions may have already picked someone to replace Norman Black on the bench.

Reyes appeared to have inside knowledge of who is next in line in the Ateneo coaching job based on what he wrote on Saturday morning in his Twitter account @coachot.

“Sa Lakers unknown pa pero sa Eagles alam na :) hindi alumnus #theAteneoWay,” Reyes wrote.

The Los Angeles Lakers fired coach Mike Brown on Friday.

Former MBA star Alex Compton is the lone non-alumnus who is a candidate for the head coaching job, with Ateneo assistant coaches Sandy Arespacochaga and Jamike Jarin as the others being considered to replace Black, who moved to Talk 'N Text in the PBA after guiding the Eagles to five straight titles.

However, Ateneo team manager Paolo Trillo insisted that no coach has been installed, adding that he will have a meeting with Ateneo president Jett Villarin this weekend to discuss about who will take over.

“Still no news regarding Ateneo coach. Fr. Jett is arriving today (Saturday). We will discuss with him over the weekend,” said Trillo.

“Siguro by Monday, I’ll have a better idea,” Trillo added.

Trillo reacted to Reyes’ tweet saying: “I don’t know where coach Chot is getting his news, kasi wala pa talaga.”

Ateneo athletic director Ricky Palou also said that no coach has been hired to replace Black.

“Wala pa, siguro by next week,” said Palou.

When informed about Reyes’ tweet, Palou said: “Wala pa eh, wala nga 'yung presidente namin dito, he is out of the country. How can Chot know that na hindi pa namin alam?”

11-12-2012, 02:45 PM
Alas on Ateneo interest: 'I'm flattered'
By Reuben Terrado

November 11, 2012, 05:36 pm

“Flattering on my side but kinda hard to comment,” says Louie Alas on the interest from Ateneo.

LOUIE Alas on Sunday said he is "flattered" to be on the short list Ateneo is considering as the school searches for a replacement for Norman Black as the next Blue Eagles coach.

“Flattering on my side but kinda hard to comment,” Alas said in an SMS message to Spin.ph.

Alas has been approached for one of the most high-profile coaching positions in college sports, joining fellow Alaska assistant coach Alex Compton, Adamson head coach Leo Austria, and current Blue Eagles assistant coaches Sandy Arespacochaga and Jamike Jarin on the candidates list.

Alas has announced that he will no longer coach Letran next season after leading the Knights to the NCAA Finals against San Beda, although Letran officials are reportedly not giving up hope that they could talk him into staying put.

Meantime, Austria said news that Ateneo is interested in hiring him is nothing new to him, even as he pointed out that he still has one year left in his three-year contract with Adamson.

Austria confirmed that representatives from Ateneo's search committee had been making overtures since two years ago.

“Since two years ago, may kumakausap na sa akin na close sa administration,” said Austria. “Alam mo naman, may nagpaparamdam na mga alumni dahil may mga kaibigan rin ako na nasa search committee.”

“(But) I still have a one-year contract with Adamson,” Austria said.

Incidentally, Leo’s son Bacon played for the Blue Eagles up to 2011.

11-12-2012, 02:50 PM
No offer from Ateneo – Compton
by inboundpass
Wednesday, 7 November 2012

A day after his name was dragged into Ateneo’s wish list as their possible head coach, former Metropolitan Basketball Association and Philippine Basketball League Most Valuable Player Alex Compton told Inboundpass that he has not received any offer from any school.

Compton, a versatile 6’0 American, said last Wednesday that he was surprised when his name appeared in a popular daily broadsheet as a candidate to mentor the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball defending champs.

“I have not received an offer from Ateneo and thus cannot comment on the situation,” Compton, 38, in a text message to Inboundpass “I was surprised but there’s no offer.”

Despite his denial, Ateneo Athletic Director Ricky Palou said that the sweet shooting Compton was considered to replace Norman Black, who is responsible for the Blue Eagles’ 5 straight UAAP titles.

Black returned to the Philippine Basketball Association to coach the Talk ‘N Text Texters.

“He is being seriously considered,” said Palou, who also named Sandy Arespacochaga and Jamike Jamarin as other candidates.

Asked if what he’s going to do if an offer finally comes, Compton didn’t reply.

Compton didn’t play in the PBA as a local because he is not a Filipino Citizen despite the fact that he knows how to speak and enunciate the language unlike any other Fil-Foreigner. He played as an import for Rain or Shine in 2007

11-12-2012, 03:09 PM
I find it a little unethical to recruit a coach from another school who has live contract. It sounds is if it's 'win at all cost'

11-16-2012, 06:49 PM
well they call it mercenaries move.

11-16-2012, 06:57 PM
Garcia still undecided on whether to return to revamped Tamaraws next season
By Reuben Terrado

November 15, 2012, 02:46 pm

Former MVP RR Garcia has yet to commit to another season with the FEU Tamaraws in the UAAP.

RR Garcia is still undecided on whether to play another season with Far Eastern University in the UAAP, saying he still needs to talk to the new coaching staff led by head coach Nash Racela before making a decision.

“Wala pa,” said Garcia on Tuesday, when asked by Spin.ph if he has already made a decision on next season. “Sa akin siguro, pinag-iisipan ko pa … Marami ding nagsasabi na tapusin ko (sa FEU).

“Kakausapin pa ako ni coach Nash. Hindi ko pa alam kung ano pag-uusapan namin,” Garcia added.

Garcia, the 2010 league MVP, didn’t state what exactly is hindering him from staying with the Tamaraws for another year but sources close to the FEU guard says the 22-year-old feels he is ready to make the jump to the PBA.

Racela said he is aware of Garcia's indecision, but made it clear the point guard is very much part of his plans as he looks to revive the Tamaraws' fortunes after their failure to reach the Final Four last season.

“I’ve heard that RR is thinking of going straight to the PBA,” said Racela. “But of course, he is welcome to stay with FEU. We know what he is capable of doing. Malaking bagay siya para sa team.”

If he decides to stay with the Tamaraws at least for another season, Garcia believes he won’t have a difficult time adjusting from former coach Bert Flores' system to the new one under Racela.

“Madali naman para sa akin kasi ‘yung sa FEU ngayon, halos pareho lang naman kaya hindi ako mahihirapan kahit na bumalik,” said Garcia.

Garcia said that one factor that will make him stay with the Tamaraws is an opportunity to win a championship. FEU fell just short of the title in 2010 and 2011, losing to Ateneo both times.

“Kailangan ko kasi mag-champion kaya pwede pa rin talaga ako bumalik,” Garcia said.

Racela's entry has triggered a mild revamp of the Tamaraws' lineup which included the axing of controversial forward Arvie Bringas.

Dark Knight
11-19-2012, 12:24 PM
Garcia will be a big help for the Tams next season should he decide to stay despite the downward performance last season. But if Pingoy will officially play for the Tams, it's better for him to move to the PBA. A surplus of PG's will hound the Tams and i doubt he will get the same playing time he enjoyed in his first 3 years for FEU. Romeo is the star point guard now and if Jerie will suit up, Pingoy will eat the minutes he should have. If Pingoy plays for Ateneo, then we badly need him.

11-19-2012, 06:39 PM
Good observations Boss, but if he really wants to stay so be it.

11-19-2012, 06:44 PM
stay or not we dont really care , we can always find a better players and thats for sure.

11-20-2012, 08:54 PM
marami pa naman dyan na magagaling kung sa ateneo talaga siya dun lang siya.. balita ko target din ng FEU makuha si nambatac and ochea, nandyan naman si coach bert para mag-recruit lalo na sa south marami magagaling dun.

11-22-2012, 10:12 PM
ok lng talaga kung sa iba cya mapunta not a big loss for us , Remember bago Coach ng team natin expexcted malaking pag babago sa Kilos ng bawat isa .. ika nga Its time to shine again.

02-28-2013, 11:56 AM
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Fruitas set for shake-up after forging FEU tie-up
By Reuben Terrado
February 27, 2013, 02:44 pm

Fruitas and FEU coach Nash Racela hopes to have a more competitive team in the D-League next season. Jerome Ascano
FRUITAS is expected to undergo a roster shakeup, with Terrence Romeo and possibly seven other Far Eastern University Tamaraws to be inserted in the lineup for the PBA D-League Foundation Cup next month.

FEU coach Nash Racela said the Tamaraws will have a tie-up with Fruitas next conference in preparation for the 76th UAAP season.

“Hopefully, we could get eight from FEU plus other Fruitas holdovers from last conference,” Racela told Spin.ph.

Racela was recently appointed head coach of the Tamaraws, replacing Bert Flores after FEU missed the Final Four last season.

Racela also coached Fruitas in the recently-concluded Aspirants Cup where the squad had a tie-up with NCAA champion San Beda.

The Shakers came up with a 5-5 win-loss card and missed the quarterfinal round.

Romeo will be suiting up for the Shakers, according to Racela, after his stint with Big Chill last conference although Superchargers head coach Robert Sison had said he still expects their collegiate players to fulfill their “long-term” contracts with the team.

Racela added that he will seek permission from the recently-crowned Aspirants Cup champion NLEX to release RR Garcia to the Shakers.

Garcia, the UAAP MVP in 2010, looks set to play his fifth and final year with the Tamaraws next season following his stint with the Gilas Pilipinas cadet squad.

Racela added they are hoping to retain Carlo Lastimosa, Pong Escobal, Anjo Caram, Jan Colina, and Martin Antonio in the line-up to join the Tamaraws D-League roster.

02-28-2013, 11:57 AM
Parang Viva minerals at Magnolia dati. ayos yan Coach!

03-02-2013, 10:57 AM
Fernandez hopes to keep RR Garcia from playing against NLEX
By Reuben Terrado

February 28, 2013, 12:44 pm

"I hope schools will understand, we will allow their players to go back to their schools pero hindi naman siguro puwede na maglaro sila sa D-League at kalabanin kami,” says NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez. Jerome Ascano
IT’S a potential clash between minor league squad and mother club as NLEX hopes to keep its star player from suiting up for his alma mater and playing against the Road Warriors in the PBA D-League.

Fruitas has forged a tie-up with Far Eastern University for the next conference, a move that paves the way for the Shakers to beef up their lineup with the core of the Tamaraws including NLEX player RR Garcia. Under a school tie-up, a D-League team is allowed to obtain players—local and foreign—from the college team.

But coach Boyet Fernandez believes it will be unfair for management if their starting guard Garcia or any NLEX player is released to another D-League team only to play against the Warriors.

“Parang imposible ’yun because they are committed to us. If they (college team) want to get the players, they will get the players but they will not play against NLEX or probably in the D-League. Unfair sa amin and sa management,” said Fernandez.

The Road Warriors mentor said management is willing to give back its players to their respective schools that are preparing for the upcoming collegiate season, on the condition the school team will not play in the developmental league next conference.

“Ang sa akin, I hope schools will understand, we will allow their players to go back to their schools pero hindi naman siguro puwede na maglaro sila sa D-League at kalabanin kami,” Fernandez said.

Fruitas earlier said it is planning to ask permission from NLEX to release Garcia so that he can play for the Tamaraws-backed Shakers.

Nevertheless, the NLEX mentor who recently led the Road Warriors to their fourth straight title said that it will be a management decision and will keep an open mind in the matter.

“Pag-iisipan. Probably, we will enjoy the next few days first,” Fernandez said.

03-02-2013, 10:58 AM
Nag Aral ba itong BOyet Fernandez sir DK? bobo sa Row4 eh!

03-03-2013, 11:33 AM
"we will allow their players to go back to their schools"...dapat lang naman eh.... i guess may magagawang paraan si coach nash na kunin ssi garcia for fruitas boss naman niya si MVP (talk n text) pagbibigyan naman siguro ni MVP yun... hindi si coach boyet fernandez ang magdedecide..

03-03-2013, 10:03 PM
Stupido..kaya nag champion yan NLEX nila eh star players halos lahat, eh nun nsa UP pa cya hindi nanalo yun team nya.

04-14-2013, 10:45 AM
Romeo violated pact with FEU when he joined Big Chill, asserts Racela
By Reuben Terrado

April 11, 2013, 06:40 pm

“May instruction sa players not to sign with any D-League teams, na kinontra ni Terrence. Nakiusap siya because he wants to play for FEU, so I gave him a chance with conditions,” said coach Nash Racela. Jerome Ascano

FAR Eastern University and Fruitas head coach Nash Racela defended the Tamaraws’ move to bar Terrence Romeo from suiting up for Big Chill in the PBA D-League on Thursday.

Racela spoke to reporters to clarify the issue concerning the star guard, who he said violated an instruction by FEU not to sign with any D-League teams for the Foundation Cup so as to allow the Tamaraws to concentrate fully on their preparation for the coming UAAP season.

The Morayta-based school’s preparations for the next collegiate season include a stint in the D-League in a tie-up with Fruitas.

Racela also stressed that Romeo was given a reprieve after continuing his stint with Big Chill, on the condition that he will prioritize FEU practices and will not play for Big Chill against Fruitas since practices of the Tamaraws and the Shakers are held at the same time.

The Shakers and Superchargers clashed Thursday, with Fruitas prevailing, 83-75.

“May instruction sa players not to sign with any D-League teams, na kinontra ni Terrence. Nakiusap siya because he wants to play for FEU, so I gave him a chance with conditions,” said Racela.

The FEU coach clarified they are not hindering Romeo from playing for Big Chill as the condition set was only meant to teach the combo guard a lesson after making a commitment with his UAAP team.

“The reason why I don’t want (him) to play with them is because I want him to learn to follow and be true to his commitment," the FEU coach said.

“If he says something na gagawin niya, gawin niya. We are teaching these kids something dahil hindi naman niya kami kasama sa pagtanda niya.

“I know it’s the best for him kung maglalaro siya. But at least for this game, I want him to be true to his word.”

The young coach remained mum on whether Romeo will be allowed to play for Big Chill if the two teams meet again in the playoffs.

“Maybe they can play, maybe hindi. It all depends on them on how they respond and how they change. If they say that they are really committed, dapat gawin nila yung sasabihin nila,” said Racela.

RR Garcia also agreed to the same conditions by FEU after the former UAAP MVP signed with NLEX.

Racela admitted Garcia and Romeo suiting up for other teams in D-League is affecting the Tamaraws’ preparation for the UAAP.

“’Yung programa ng FEU nade-delay na. Hindi kami maka-usad. They were unfair to their teammates na nag-commit at ginawa nila (not to sign up with any D-League team). Ngayon, if they really want to play (for FEU), these are my conditions for you to be fair, not to me but to FEU,” he stressed.

04-14-2013, 10:48 AM
School vs club row far from settled for FEU stars Romeo, Garcia
By Reuben Terrado

April 09, 2013, 03:47 pm

Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia are practicing with Fruitas but are playing for commercial clubs Big Chill and NLEX, respectively. Jerome Ascano

RR GARCIA and Terrence Romeo are staying put with their mother teams in the PBA D-League on the condition that they will not be seeing action against Fruitas, a team that has a school tie-up with their UAAP squad Far Eastern University.

FEU and Fruitas head coach Nash Racela said this agreement has been reached after the ballclub failed to tab the two prized Tamaraws guards for the Foundation Cup, which the team is also using in preparation for the coming UAAP campaign.

Racela explained that the Tamaraws and the Shakers are practicing at the same time with Garcia and Romeo also joining. The guard duo is attending those practices despite also playing for Fruitas’ competitors NLEX and Big Chill, respectively, in the PBA D-League.

“They will be unfair to Fruitas because they technically practice with us everyday,” Racela explained.

When pressed for comment, head coaches Boyet Fernandez of NLEX and Robert Sison of Big Chill, however, disagreed that such an agreement was made.

“The agreement is for RR to play for FEU and all the games of FEU at the Filoil,” Fernandez said. “Fruitas is not FEU. So RR has to play for NLEX.”

Sison said: “There is no such agreement like that.”

With the issue far from settled, Big Chill is set to face Fruitas on April 11 at the Ynares Sports Arena.

“I would recommend that they just focus on the game and not spread rumors like that,” said Sison, who mentioned a previous rumor that Big Chill has released Romeo for Fruitas, which turned out to be false.

Racela said that part of the said agreement is that Garcia and Romeo will prioritize their commitments with FEU.

“Meaning, FEU practice over D-League practice. FEU game over D-League game,” Racela said

05-03-2013, 02:25 PM
For FEU, it’s the little things that matter
by Jane Bracher
Friday, 3 May 2013

They have always been a title contender. They have regaled with the UAAP Final Four regularly since 2007. And they have relished being under the bright spotlights of back-to-back Finals appearances in 2010 and 2011.

To say that 2012 was unkind to the FEU Tamaraws men’s basketball team could be an understatement.

The Tamaraws figured in a hot start to their UAAP Season 75 campaign, which led to many claiming that they are a shoe-in for a Final Four, if not another Finals appearance.

They were strong and mighty, with their heads bowed low, ready to charge.

But somewhere along their campaign, perhaps towards the end of the eliminations, something went wrong.

A controversial on-court act, an even more controversial game redo—and the Tamaraws found themselves fighting for their Final Four lives only to end up at the gutters, from the outside looking in.

For the first time since 2007, a very promising team that charged through season after season seemed to have sputtered and came to an abrupt halt as they missed the playoffs.

Clearly, something had to be done.

Cue Coach Nash Racela.

Late in 2012, Coach Nash replaced Coach Bert Flores as the new head coach of a team raring to pick itself back up.

And with Coach Nash at the helm, fans of the Morayta-based cagers are certainly wondering one thing: What could he do to turn things around?

Pieces of the puzzle

For many, winning basketball games should start with solid recruitment. Hence, the recurring question surrounding the FEU team concerns the possible new fishes swimming in their green and yellow pond. Though this undoubtedly became more pressing due to recent events involving their high school standout that jumped ship.

Unfortunately, FEU doesn’t have any blue chip recruits to rave about.

“Normally kasi when you’re a new coach, you’ll make do with what you have eh. Kasi, well, you don’t really have time to recruit yet. So normally your recruits will come in mga 2nd or 3rd year of the program. On the first year wala pa,” says Coach Nash in an interview with Inboundpass. He also speaks candidly of how this has not allowed a major revamp for the team.

“Kung ano ‘yung meron kami, ‘yun lang. Ang pwede lang namin pagkunan is ‘yung Team B, which we have a few only, and our high school players.”

Among those new players included in the 18-man lineup for the FilOil preseason tourney are Joshua Aguilon, Jeson Delfinado, and Joel Lee Yu from the high school team; Gus Denila, a high school player from Iloilo; and Ron Marvis Denison and Giovanni Luz from Team B.

Only sixteen will be lined up for the UAAP.

Asked if the new additions are sufficient Coach Nash smiles before answering, “We’re happy with what we have. I just want to put it like that. Kasi wala rin naman choice, ‘yun lang ang meron, even if you wanted to get other players.”

The little things

It would seem, however, that recruitment is the least of his worries at the moment because for Coach Nash, the answers lie underneath the surface.

He plans to snap back into focus the little things; the things that have been taken for granted—things that don’t necessarily include recruitment or basketball for that matter.

“I think it’s more of we’re trying to change the culture within. Sa amin kasi it’s more than basketball, it’s the culture,” he explains, also adding that this culture overhaul has taken some time, causing actual basketball preparations to resume only last March.

“Kaya ‘yung mga bagay na kinasanayan na nila noon, on and off the court, like the way they do things sa quarters, sa dorm, the way they do things sa school—‘yan ‘yung mas inaatake namin,” he adds.

Doing that successfully in his first year as head coach, he admits, is not likely. But he sees his efforts now as an investment for the future, and believes that with time, everything else will follow, including winning.

“We believe that pag maganda ‘yung foundation, I think winning will come after eh. But as a coach I don’t want to be pressured by winning alone. Sa akin mas importante is what we teach the kids.”

He already began teaching by putting his foot down with star guard Terrence Romeo who violated instructions on not signing with any D-League team for the ongoing Foundation Cup, in order to focus on preparations for the UAAP.

Romeo signed with Big Chill.

Coach Nash then laid down conditions for Romeo saying that he wanted to give him a lesson on prioritizing and sticking to his commitments.

And with Romeo being part of the team that recently won the 3-on-3 championships, there is curiosity on whether or not he will be allowed to fly to Qatar and represent the country for the Fiba Asia 3-on-3.

This is, of course, if Big Chill is able to appeal their lost spot in the tournament. As of this writing, they have reportedly failed to submit the necessary documents on time.

But if things work out, Coach Nash still plans on teaching the same lesson.

“Well, if it’s for flag and country then we will consider,” he explains. “Having to choose between FEU and the Philippine Team, kahit 3-on-3 ‘yan that’s still called the Philippine Team, right now I’m thinking that he has to prioritize that.”

Lost and found Tamaraws

Apart from players lost due to graduation (John Clarence Foronda, and Mark Anthony Bringas), FEU also lost another Tamaraw: Arvie Bringas.

Known to be among the more physical ballers of the UAAP, Arvie was caught in a spitting incident during a match against Ateneo in the previous season. He had to endure a couple of game suspensions because of it.

After the season, it was reported that he had been removed from the FEU Tamaraws’ roster with no clear reasons of whether it was due to the controversies he was involved in.

Coach Nash made it clear, however, that cutting Bringas was not part of the changes he implemented.

“He’s not part of the program anymore,” he says of where Bringas stands in terms of the FEU men’s basketball team. “Wala na siya before we came in. We took over late last year, so wala na talaga siya last year.”

On the other hand, there have also been whispers of another Tamaraw who might not opt to return for his last playing year.

RR Garcia suited up for flag and country as part of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas cadet pool under Coach Chot Reyes, and played in international tournaments late last year.

It then seemed to make more sense that he would not go back to FEU.

But Garcia has donned his green and yellow, FEU-emblazoned jersey for the FilOil preseason tournament. And according to Coach Nash, Garcia is certainly headed towards the direction of maxing out his final year of eligibility.

“Well, sa end naman namin, we don’t force players to play for us,” says Coach Nash, likening the situation of Garcia to that of Pinggoy.

“If he (Pinggoy) doesn’t want to go to FEU, I don’t want to force him. The same with RR, if he doesn’t want to play his final year, I won’t force him. Kaya lang, of course, they (Garcia and Pinggoy) are all welcome. Because alam namin, in the end, makakatulong naman sila sa amin.”

What now?

For now, what is certain is that Coach Nash’s team is smaller and heavy on guards. His new players are also perimeter players.

“I think the only thing na medyo certain ako going to next season is, I don’t see a big man who will dominate just how Greg Slaughter dominated the UAAP. So that’s one thing that’s gonna work for us, kasi wala kaming malaki,” he remarks, a tone of positivity evident in his voice.

Clearly, Coach Nash is taking a different approach for this team. So it’s not surprising that he could still be hiding some tricks up his sleeve, safely tucked away from the preseason.

He takes a moment before speaking cryptically, “When it matters, we will try to win. Pero ngayon, like as a coach, minsan kailangan mo mamili eh. Between winning and ‘yung learning nila. So I’d rather teach them now, I’d rather go through the process now, than pag dating ng UAAP bigla ako mamro-mroblema.”

The Tamaraws are currently holding a 1-2 win-loss card in the preseason cup, suffering losses from UAAP foes Adamson and National University.

But they certainly have been showing a lot of grit and character despite the losses, chopping down leads and going down to the wire.

“We just want to focus muna on the present, to take it a practice at a time, a game at a time. Ang concern namin is our improvement. As long as we improve day to day, I think we will be good enough come UAAP,” says Coach Nash.

Only time will tell if his methods will pay off. However, with a little over a month left to prepare, time certainly isn’t on his side.

Exuding a solid sense of determination and resourcefulness he hopes to pass on to his wards, Coach Nash is set to make the best out of what little time he has, and will continue to tinker away at the little things.

“All we’re after right now is just consistency (and) improvement. As long as we become faithful to those little things, I think we will be rewarded later on. So, patience (lang).”

05-04-2013, 01:58 PM
Tamaraws’ build-up for UAAP a big learning experience under Racela
By Celest R. Flores
11:49 am | Saturday, May 4th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Under new head coach Nash Racela, one thing is apparent – Far Eastern University’s build up for the coming UAAP Season has been a big learning experience.

Racela, who plays a big part with perennial champion Talk ‘N Text in the PBA as assistant coach, is trying to impart a lesson to his players that it’s the simple things that make a team run like a well-oiled machine.

After three games into the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, Racela has allowed his players to learn the ropes on their own inside the court as he takes pointers.

“Going into the FilOil [tournament], we don’t prepare how we will prepare in the UAAP [like thorough scouting reports]. Rather than focus on the opponents, sa team kami nakatutok,” said Racela, who replaced Bert Flores.

“Sometimes, pwede mo na gawan ng game plan but we hold back because, sa end naming coaches, we just want them to learn the fundamental stuff,” he added.

That has been the theme for the Tamaraws so far: back to basics. Starting with as simple as following instructions, making better decisions and trusting your teammates.

“Right now, the more important thing for us to see is that our players are capable following instructions,” said Racela.

And this goes beyond just the instructions being bellowed during the game. Like the decisions players make that mold their future.

“That’s been the problem of FEU since way back. Kaya sa end game nagkakaron ng struggle. As coaches, we just need to be patient,” Racela said. “Kaya nga kami sumali sa Filoil to improve.”

Sans a blue-chip recruit this season and with its core intact, FEU is virtually the same team — and that’s more than enough for Racela as he sly guards and skilled wings at his disposal.

“In terms of recruitment sa labas, we’re limited. But we’re happy with what we have,” said Racela.

The Tamaraws may be lacking upfront, but their backcourt led by RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo – regarded as two of the best guards in the collegiate ranks – still make them contenders.

But Garcia and Romeo – as good as they are – haven’t exactly been the league’s most effective one-two-punch. They’re good on their own, but questionable when together.

And that’s another concern Racela needs to address.

“Before we entered FEU, that’s one of the comments they had. That they can’t co-exist, na may conflict,” said Racela.

In the Tamaraws 64-67 setback over National University last Wednesday, though, Romeo and Garcia played at least 20 minutes together on the court.

Enough time for NU coach Eric Altamirano to take notice “that RR, Romeo they can coexist now. With the system, they compliment each other and it gives them a lot of space to do what they’re capable of doing.”

While Racela would like to believe these two guards could coexist harmoniously – he admits that it’s still a work in progress.

“Andun kami sa process of learning eh. Sharing the basketball is all about trust. That’s what we’re trying to teach them. Like Terrence, you need to trust your other teammates,” said Racela.

Romeo, who has a penchant for shooting at will, instead set up Carl Bryan Cruz, who then missed a potential go-ahead triple in the dwindling seconds.

They didn’t get the win, but Romeo — who finished with 25 points – showed signs of improvement which Racela commended.

“Inunahan ko na sya, pinalakpakaan ko sya because he made the right decision. Masaya kami kanina,” shared Racela.
“All in all we’re happy with what we’re seeing, they’re willing to adjust.”

And with just two months to go before another season of the UAAP opens, there are going to be a lot of adjustments for the Tamaraws, who have always been able to make a deep run.

And building that FEU team with character and commitment raring to go the distance is in another chapter of Racela’s lesson plan.

05-08-2014, 05:42 PM
Mike Tolomia believes in Coach Nash Racela
by inboundpass
Thursday, 1 May 2014

De facto FEU Tamaraws leader Mike Tolomia has faith in the principles being established by his mentor and second-year team head coach Nash Racela, as the team looks to hone its performance in the 2014 Hanes FilOil Flying V Premier Cup preseason tourney in preparation for the upcoming UAAP season.

As the team enters its first year in the post-Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia era, the incoming junior has trust in the system being inculcated by his head coach, who is eager to turn the Tamaraws’ offense into a dynamic featuring unselfishness, ball-movement, and equal opportunity.

“Naniniwala naman ako sakanya,” stated Tolomia, expressing the credence he has in his coach, after his team’s tournament debut victory over Mapua, 89-77, last Saturday at the San Juan Arena. “Confident ako sakanya sa gusto niya mangyari saakin. Tinutulungan niya ako. Yung gusto niya naman talaga i-involve ko teammates ko, so dapat more of yung rotation nung bola.”

What Tolomia is referring to is how his coach wants him to be more of a pass-first type of playmaker – one who can break down defenses and find open teammates.

“He’s become a very willing passer,” Coach Racela confidently indicated following his team’s first victory of the tournament. They are now 2-0 after a close win against the RP U18 team on Monday. He also jokingly answered, “Terrence Romeo? Sino yun?” with a laugh when queried on how his squad will move on past the former UAAP MVP’s, who has now taken his talents to the PBA.

Part of Racela’s objectives for Tolomia is to move the ball more in order to get further production from mainstays Mac Belo and Roger Pogoy, who combined to score 18 markers in the Morayta-based club’s triumph over the Cardinals during the past weekend.

“Dinedevelop ni coach si Mac Belo na maging perimeter player. Kaya bago namin mag FilOil sa mga tune up games namin, maganda naman yung linalaro niya talaga,” mentioned Tolomia, who’s currently majoring in Sports Recreational Management. “Tsaka si Roger Pogoy – siya rin yung dinedevelop ni Coach Nash na maging perimeter player.”

Furthermore, the Tamaraws are viewing the preseason tilt as a training ground for the upcoming UAAP year, where they expect to make some noise. “Ginagamit namin ito as a preseason na yung learning dito namin inumpisahan,” shared Tolomia, who said not to expect much action from FEU’s incoming rookies.

“Makikita niyo yung rotation ni coach hindi niya talagang sinusubukan yung ibang rookies. So, yun, preparation namin ito para sa UAAP.”

Tolomia, who had a beastly stat-line of 19 points, four assists, and three rebounds in his team’s first win, knows many pundits will look at him to carry the load left by Romeo and Garcia, both of whom played well enough during their FEU stints to garner league MVP awards. However, the explosive guard is not aiming for individual glory, but rather to spearhead his team to as many victories as they can attain.

“Hindi naman,” remarked Tolomia when asked whether he expects to be the go-to-guy of the Tamaraws. “Pag may mga opportunities sila (his teammates) na sa tingin ko kaya nila yung bantay nila, hinahayaan ko naman sila,” he continued, before stating that he also doesn’t mind carrying some of the scoring burden.

“Pagnakikita ko na gusto nila ibigay saakin, tinitake ko yun.”

Nevertheless, when games come down to the wire – and they usually do in the UAAP – Tolomia knows his number will be called upon in times when his team is in dire need of a basket or clutch play. And needless to say, he will be ready.

“Kung bibigan nang opportunity ni coach, siyempre igragrab ko yun. Kasi, ever since yun pinapangarap ko eh – yung mga last shot,” said the guy who idolizes two guys used to taking buzzer-beater shot attempts: Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

When inquired whether or not he believes the Tamaraws can win the title, Tolomia said that FEU fans could expect nothing less than full effort from their team.

“Lalaban kami.”

08-25-2014, 05:07 PM
Gilas Road To Spain

Timing perfect as Nash Racela leaves FEU to be with Gilas in Spain for Fiba World Cup
From: Reuben Terrado
•August 25, 2014, 03:13 pm

FAR Eastern University coach Nash Racela will miss a few games for the Tamaraws due to the Fiba World Cup, but he doesn't expect the team to struggle without him.

Racela is set to leave for Spain on Wednesday night to join Gilas Pilipinas in his capacity as assistant coach to Chot Reyes. He is set to head straight to the airport after the Tamaraws face fellow league-leader De La Salle in a marquee match-up on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“After the La Salle game, I’m going straight to the airport,” said Racela.

Racela’s departure comes at a time when the Tamaraws are tied with reigning champion De La Salle at the top of the standings with a 7-2 win-loss card and on track for another Final Four appearance in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for a team that lost top stars Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia.

Racela said he trusts the players enough to expect the team to sustain the streak under assistant coach Eric Gonzales.

“I’m confident na the players will be in good hands. The players mentally are prepared for the games that I will miss. I’m trusting all of them,” said Racela.

"We have prepared the team for eventualities like this na nawawalan ng players or nawalan ng coach, everybody is ready to step forward."

Racela won’t be in Spain for the entire Fiba World Cup as he will only miss two FEU games against University of the Philippines (August 30) and Adamson (September 3). He will be back in time for the September 7 game against University of the East.

It helps that the Tamaraws will be facing the league's minnows in the Maroons and Falcons in the games Racela will miss. But the coach expects nothing less than a victory.

“We are not thinking of getting losses over the period,” said Racela.

08-25-2014, 05:11 PM
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08-26-2014, 01:36 PM

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08-26-2014, 01:36 PM

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08-27-2014, 06:54 PM
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08-28-2014, 09:41 PM


Coach Nash Racela wants no let-up for surging FEU Tamaraws even in his absence
From: Reuben Terrado
•August 28, 2014, 05:48 pm

THERE’S no let up for Far Eastern University now that it is on top of the UAAP men’s basketball standings and not even in the absence of its head coach for the next two games.

The Tamaraws seized the solo lead on Wednesday following their come-from-behind 74-70 win over defending champion De La Salle that completed their two-game sweep of the Green Archers in their head-to-head match-up this season.

The last thing coach Nash Racela wants from the Tamaraws is to become overconfident following their two-game sweep of the reigning champions, saying the team hasn’t reached its full potential despite coming into the game with a seven-game winning streak.

“La Salle is not yet a hundred percent. This is not the La Salle team na alam natin. You can’t be confident kahit nanalo kami twice (against La Salle),” said Racela, who will missed the Tamaraws’ next two games as he joins Gilas Pilipinas in its FIBA-World Cup campaign in Spain.

FEU currently holds the top spot with an 8-2 (win-loss) card followed closely by three teams in La Salle, National University, and Ateneo, all with similar 7-3 slates.

The Tamaraws are expected to easily clinch a slot in the Final Four as their next two games will be against league minnows University of the Philippines and Adamson.

A win over the two lowly teams would enable FEU to already match its win total from last season.

But Racela said the Tamaraws are not taking second chances.

“We will see kung saan kami babagsak. Nothing is guaranteed yet. We have to focus on the next games,” Racela said.

Now on the cusp of clinching a Final Four berth and bagging one of two twice-to-beat incentives in the playoffs, Racela likes the way his team has been playing as of late.

“Our team is based on trust. I think we have developed ‘yung malaking trust sa isa’t isa na kahit mawala ‘yung isa, mapupunuan ng isa,” said Racela, who immediately flew to Seville, Spain after the game against La Salle.

Carl Bryan Cruz can attest to the level of trust within the team as he believes the FEU assistant coaches are very capable of leading them to victories in the absence of Racela.

Chief deputy Eric Gonzales will take the role as acting coach in the team’s next two games.

“Siyempre big factor sa amin si coach Nash. Pero sanay na kami sa mga coaching staff. Gamay na namin si coach Eric,” said Cruz.

08-28-2014, 09:44 PM

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04-25-2015, 03:19 PM
Nash Racela to call shots for Gilas cadets in Seaba as Baldwin wraps up business with TnT
From: Reuben Terrado
•April 24, 2015, 07:00 pm

Gilas assistant coach Nash Racela could be drawing up the plays for the Philippines starting with the match against Indonesia. Jaime Campos

NASH Racela is expected to handle the Gilas cadet squad, at least for the start of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship, as Tab Baldwin wraps up his duties as consultant for Talk ‘N Text in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Baldwin said he will stay in the country until the end of the Commissioner’s Cup finals.

The Texters-Painters showdown could end as early as Sunday, just a day before Seaba opening. Or it could go the distance and end on Wednesday, which would be the third playing date for the Gilas cadets.

Racela will lead the Philippine delegation leaving on Saturday for Singapore. The Seaba Championship runs until May 1.

“I’ll be staying with the Talk ‘N Text team and coach Nash and coach Mike (Oliver) will be travelling with the squad. I’ll go immediately when the series finish, irrespective of the result,” said Baldwin.

Baldwin made it clear he is very confident of Racela handling the squad, with the latter actually calling the shots and the former simply observing the Gilas cadets’ final tuneup match against PBA team Blackwater.

Racela is also part of the Talk ‘N Text coaching staff.

“We foresaw this from the very beginning. We built this team to where it is today and coach Nash has plenty of experience as a head coach. We are comfortable with that. I hate to see him go without me but it’s not something that we weren’t ready for,” said Baldwin.

04-25-2015, 03:22 PM