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Law leaving Hawaii Hilo men's basketball team

The long-time coach has been hired by Western New Mexico

By Cindy Luis

LAST UPDATED: 06:18 p.m. HST, Mar 18, 2013

Hawaii Hilo men's basketball coach Jeff Law will be leaving the Vulcans after 15 seasons for the head men's basketball job at Western New Mexico.

“Every assistant coach looks for that break and I’m very grateful the University and the Hilo community gave me mine,” said Law, who was an assistant with the University of Hawaii under Riley Wallace.. “I’ve learned much over the past 15 years about myself, coaching and people but it’s time that I move on. “Hilo holds a special place for anyone who has been here and it will with me.

"I think it was a time for a change for me and for the (UHH) program. I will be going to work for my best friend in the world.”

Law will be replacing Mark Coleman, who has been the Mustangs men's basketball coach since 2003 and added the athletic director's position in 2011. Coleman will remain the athletic director at the Silver City, N.M., school. 

The longest tenured coach in UHH basketball history, Law finishes his Vulcan career with a 208-188 (.525) record and is the Vulcans’ second all-time winningest coach. He is just one of two coaches to make the 200-victory plateau joining veteran Jimmy Yagi (218 wins).

The Vulcans made their first NCAA Division II regional in 2002-03. Two years later, UHH won the PacWest title and was No. 8 in the national coaches poll.

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niimi wrote:
Loss for Hilo's program. Law brought stability and general competitiveness to this small university's basketball program. Getting a team to a ranking of 8th Nationally at any level is impressive.
on March 18,2013 | 10:01PM
kailua000 wrote:
Thanks for your long time commitment to Hawaii Coach Law and best of luck as a new Head Coach.
on March 19,2013 | 02:59AM
Ewasohappy wrote:
Lawless, that doesn't bode well.
on March 19,2013 | 07:42AM
gshilo wrote:
Good luck, Jeff. You knew how to blend in with the community.
on March 19,2013 | 08:16AM
PokeStop wrote:
Vulcans losing two long time coaches in Jeff law and Joey Estrella (baseball) this year. Maybe Trap and Gib can apply for their jobs!
on March 19,2013 | 11:52AM
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