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Oliver returns as Batang Gilas coach
In this file photo, members of Batang Gilas Pilipinas receive their gold medals after a successful title run in the 2016 SEABA U-18 Championship in Medan, Indonesia.
MANILA, Philippines – Michael Oliver will continue to coach the Batang Gilas national youth team, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Renauld "Sonny" Barrios announced Thursday.
Oliver previously coached Batang Gilas in 2015 during the 2015 U16 SEABA championship that was held in Cagayan De Oro, where they emerged champions and qualified them to play in the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship in Tehran, Iran.
As a player, Oliver won a UAAP seniors championship with Far Eastern University in 1997. He also coached the FEU Baby Tamaraws to a UAAP Juniors crown in 2012.
The SBP will soon announce the schedule for the upcoming SEABA tournament, which the Philippines is hosting this summer. The tournament’s men's and U16 men's categories will be played simultaneously.
"Oliver's announcement is a welcome one because now we can prepare in earnest for the tournament," said Batang Gilas team manager Andrew The.