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Hawaii men’s basketball associate head coach Walter Roese has left the program to pursue options outside of college basketball, multiple sources confirmed today.

Roese, formerly an assistant at Nebraska, was valued for his international recruiting ties, particularly in his native country of Brazil. He was hired by head coach Gib Arnold in April 2010 for Arnold’s inaugural season in Manoa. The Rainbow Warriors went 19-13.

Roese and Arnold could not be immediately reached for comment.

A source close to the situation said Roese may join his family’s business in Brazil. His salary at UH was believed to be $124,656.

Roese, as agreed upon at the time of his hire, was given leave by Arnold to coach with the Brazilian junior national team this summer. Earlier this month Roese coached Brazil’s team in the World University Games held in Shenzhen, China. His team was to play UH in a practice game which coincided with the Rainbows’ Warriors to Asia tour, but difficult travel logistics prevented a meeting.
It is still believed that junior center Vander Joaquim, who followed Roese to Hawaii, will return to UH after playing in a recent tournament in Africa for the Angolan national team.


UH must post the associate coach job position on its website for about two weeks before it can announce a replacement.

Official practices begin on Oct. 15.


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