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2 UH basketball staff members take junior college jobs

By Brian McInnis

LAST UPDATED: 05:35 p.m. HST, May 29, 2014

Two members of the Hawaii men's basketball coaching staff are departing for the junior college ranks.

Assistant coach Scott Fisher has accepted the head coaching job at Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif., his hometown. Director of operations Chris McMillian has taken a full assistant job at the College of Southern Idaho.

Fisher, a UC Santa Barbara alumnus and a hall of famer as a player and coach in Australian basketball, joined Gib Arnold's staff in 2010 as director of operations then was promoted to full assistant after a season. He handled team academics and oversaw the team's big men.

"(A head job) means everything in terms of being a basketball coach," Fisher said. "I feel that I still have a lot to offer as a teacher on the court. I think this is the best opportunity for me to use my talents."

McMillian was with UH in various capacities since Gib Arnold took over the program in 2010. The former Wyoming point guard began as Arnold's strength coach, did some video editing, then settled into the ops job the last two seasons.

"The last four years, one, they went by very, very fast," McMillian said. "I've always said I got into this business to continue moving up and CSI has given me an opportunity to do that. So, I'm looking forward, I couldn't be happier about where I'm at and look forward to many, many good things ... many, many good years to come in this business. That's pretty much it."

Arnold said in a statement released by the school: "When I first hired Scott and Chris I told them I never wanted them to stop climbing the coaching ladder. I didn't want them to become complacent as career assistants here. Both worked very hard and received promotions within our coaching staff. Chris now has the opportunity to further his career as a full time assistant at the College of Southern Idaho, the top junior college in the country. Scott has been given an opportunity to not only run his own program, but to return home as the head coach at Ohlone College. I'm very grateful for all the hard work and dedication of both Scott and Chris. Ohlone and CSI are getting great coaches and great people."

Both Fisher and McMillian said their moves were unrelated to the ongoing NCAA investigation of the UH men's hoops program.

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Donna2415 wrote:
Going from a Division I basketball program to a junior college is usually not a "step-up." Maybe they sense a "sinking ship".
on May 29,2014 | 02:11PM
den wrote:
"Both Fisher and McMillian said their moves were unrelated to the ongoing NCAA investigation of the UH men's hoops program." yeah right.......liars
on May 29,2014 | 02:45PM
Slow wrote:
I truly hope I am wrong but is the smell of a rat in the basketball locker room getting stronger?
on May 29,2014 | 03:03PM
lwandcah wrote:
First the player, now the coaches.
on May 29,2014 | 03:22PM
gicnk wrote:
uh athletics and basketball owe the public an explanation on what is going on...the claim of privacy is developing to be an excuse to avoid the transparency that is due.
on May 29,2014 | 04:43PM
connie wrote:
This cannot be good. Is Coach Akana still on staff? If not, this leaves just Coach Arnold and Coach Taylor. Can't see how you can recruit with only two coaches.
on May 29,2014 | 05:43PM
usahwn wrote:
I want you guys to keep moving up when the boat starts going down.
on May 29,2014 | 06:28PM
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