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Dwight Holiday out as MPI basketball coach

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / SEPT. 9, 2013Dwight Holiday, 63, will not return as head basketball coach at Mid-Pacific Institute.
    STAR-ADVERTISER / SEPT. 9, 2013
    Dwight Holiday, 63, will not return as head basketball coach at Mid-Pacific Institute.

Dwight Holiday, a member of the iconic University of Hawaii’s Fabulous Five basketball teams of the 1970s, will not return as head basketball coach at Mid-Pacific Institute.

Holiday, 63, coached just one season at MPI, his first high school head coaching job. His team won just one game in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, coming in the regular-season finale against Saint Louis.

Both parties admitted that "it wasn’t a right fit."

"I truly thank him for all that he did this season, and for his time and effort with the players. I wish him well in all that he does," MPI athletic director Scott Wagner said.

Wagner said he will begin the search for a new program head/varsity head coach for basketball in the coming weeks.

Holiday became a household name as the starting shooting guard for UH’s Fabulous Five, a group that also included former University of Hawaii head coach Bob Nash, Al Davis, John Penebacker and Jerome Freeman. The Fab Five captivated the attention of the state, with its uptempo, free-flowing style of basketball that drew national recognition and large crowds to the Honolulu International Center (now Blaisdell Arena). The Fab Five played in the postseason NIT in their junior year and the NCAA their senior year.

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