November 1, 1970 |
Quezon City, Philippines
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|College||Ateneo de Manila University|
|PBA draft||1993 Round: 2 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs|
|1993–1996||Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs|
|1997–2011||San Miguel Beermen|
|2012–2013||Petron Blaze Boosters|
|2013–2014||Purefoods Star Hotshots|
|2014–present||Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Rodericko Cesar Escueta Racela, also known as Olsen Racela, (born November 1, 1970) is the head coach of the FEU Tamaraws men's basketball. He is also currently an assistant coach of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He is a retired professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association and he is considered as one of the best point guards who ever played in the league. He is also a former member of the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP and the Philippine national basketball team on many occasions.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 PBA career
- 4 Coaching career
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Basketball career
- 7 Awards and achievements
- 8 PBA career statistics
- 9 References
Olsen Racela, born on November 1 in Quezon City, Philippines, was so named because he was born on All Saint's Day (his brother Nash was born on National Heroes' Day). As a young boy, he started playing basketball early in his life. It was just a game back then. A couple of shots through a hoop in his old neighborhood. Among his brothers, he shone out with the better basketball skills which gave him a spot in Ateneo de Manila University's varsity team.
Racela played for the Blue Eagles in a backup role to Jun Reyes and was a member of the Blue Eagles team that won the UAAP title in 1988. He also played in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League and the RP Youth Team.
In 1993, Racela was selected 12th by Purefoods in the 1993 PBA Rookie Draft. From 1993-1996, he played the backup role to Dindo Pumaren and won two titles with the Purefoods franchise under a limited role with the team.
San Miguel Beermen
In 1997, Racela moved to the San Miguel Beermen in what became the turnaround of his young career. Under new San Miguel head coach Ron Jacobs, Racela's skills were noticed under a rebuilding Beermen squad of Nelson Asaytono, Freddie Abuda and Mike Mustre.
In 1998, Racela's game would improve and was rewarded with a spot on the Tim Cone-coached Philippine Centennial Team that took home a bronze medal in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand. A season later, with Racela as its top point guard, San Miguel became the league's new dynasty under Jong Uichico, winning five titles from 1999-2001.
2002 Busan Asiad
He made his second stint in the national team in 2002 for the Asian Games in Busan, South Korea. With Racela as point guard, the Nationals made it all the way through the semifinals against host South Korea. In the final minute, Racela scored a three-pointer to give the Philippines the lead. However, after recovering the possession and was fouled, he missed two crucial free throws that could have given the country a four-point lead. Instead, Lee Sang Min's buzzer-beating triple gave the Koreans a dramatic 69-68 victory. Some argued that the blame rest on Jong Uichico's coaching in which he didn't set out a plan to ease Racela's pressure from the 15th foot line.
Despite the missed free-throws, Racela continued to shine in his point guard duties with San Miguel. In 2004, he dished his 2,000th career assist and was the starting point guard when the Beermen won another title in the 2005 PBA Fiesta Conference.
Starting in the 2007-08 All Filipino Conference, Racela occasionally plays off the bench in preparation for his retirement and life as an assistant coach.
League's oldest active Player and Retirement
After Johnny Abarrientos announced his retirement, Racela will play for another PBA season with San Miguel. He turned 40 on November 1, 2010 and was the senior statesman of the PBA during that season. He announced his retirement on January 28, 2011 at the Araneta Coliseum at the start of Game 4 of the finals. He had played the entire finals series before he hanged up his #17 jersey in which Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters subdued San Miguel Beermen in 6 games.
On December 20, 2016, FEU announced the hiring of Racela as the head coach of the FEU Tamaraws men's basketball team in the UAAP. He replaced his brother, Nash, who was appointed as the head coach of PBA team TNT Katropa. This also serves as his first head coaching job in a varsity basketball team.
Racela's nickname was based on the day of his birth as it was during All-Saints Day.
His brother, Raoul Cesar or Nash Racela, is currently the head coach of the TNT KaTropa and the former head coach of the FEU Tamaraws in the UAAP. Nash also coached the Batangas Blades in the Metropolitan Basketball Association. He has 3 children namely Ryan, Raya and Rafa.
- 1984: Ateneo de Manila - PAYA Aspirants
- 1985: Ateneo de Manila - PAYA Juniors
- 1986 Ateneo de Manila - UAAP Juniors
- 1987-1992: Ateneo de Manila - UAAP Seniors
Philippine Basketball League
- 1989: Crispa Redmanizers
- 1990-1991: A&W Rootbeers
- 1992: Pop Cola
Philippine Basketball Association
- 1987 Asian Youth 18 years and below, Qatar
- 1989 ABC Under-18 Championship, Manila
- 1998 Asian Games, Thailand
- 1998 Jones Cup, Taipei
- 2002 Asian Games, Busan, South Korea
Awards and achievements
Philippine Basketball Association
- 1993 Mr. Quality Minutes
- 1998-1999 2-time Mythical Second Team
- 2000-2001 2-time Mythical First Team
- 2000-01, 2003–04, 2006 5-time All-Star
- 2002-2003 Mythical Second team
- 2004 21st member of 2000-Assist Club
- 2010 5th member of 900 Games club
PBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||MPG||Minutes per game||FG%||Field-goal percentage|
|3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage||RPG||Rebounds per game|
|APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game||BPG||Blocks per game|
|PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Correct as of July 26, 2011
|1996||Purefoods Corned Beef||58||22.6||.454||.115||.795||1.5||3.0||.8||.1||6.4|
- Terrado, Reuben (December 20, 2016). "Olsen Racela takes over as head coach of FEU Tamaraws". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved December 20, 2016.