New coaches for College of St. Benilde, Adamson
With the return of collegiate basketball imminent, College of St. Benilde and Adamson University have tapped new coaches to handle the reins in jump-starting their preparations for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), which are both planning to resume face-to-face games early next year.
The Blazers have appointed Charles Tiu to succeed TY Tang in time for the 97th NCAA season that has eyed January as the league opening.
Mr. Tiu’s appointment came a day after Nash Racela, a former Blackwater coach, took over the coaching helm at Adamson where he succeeded Franz Pumaren. The UAAP is seeking to open in February.
Mr. Tiu recently backed out coaching the Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards in the Chooks-to-Go MPBL to focus on the Meralco Bolts in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) where he is an assistant.
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He did not mind the new job as an added duty.
“I’m happy and excited and honestly didn’t expect it,” said Mr. Tiu.
Mr. Tiu has served as an assistant of Mr. Tang for three years and was familiar with how things were run with the Blazers.
So when Mr. Tang migrated to Canada last September, the Blazers did not look anywhere to get a replacement.
Mr. Tiu said he would have his hands full as he lost two key players to the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) — Kendrix Belgica and Justin Gutang. — Joey Villar
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