New Hawaii basketball coach Eran Ganot announced Utah director of operations Norm Parrish as his second full assistant coach on Saturday.
Parrish was a 20-year head coach at Salt Lake (Utah) Community College before latching on with head coach Larry Krystkowiak and the Utah Utes for the last four seasons. The Utes have enjoyed a steady rise in wins over that span and are coming off an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Norm to the Rainbow Warrior basketball program,” Ganot said in a UH release. “He is nationally respected in the coaching fraternity for his proven track record of success both on and off the court. His time as a highly successful head coach speaks for itself and, most recently, he was a major part of one of the great stories at the Division I level in the growth of the University of Utah basketball program. His experience in building and maintaining highly successful programs will be a true asset moving forward.”
Parrish coached SLCC to the 2009 NJCAA national championship, the first in school history. He was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year that season. The Bruins were runner-up for the championship in 2008.
During his 20-year tenure at SLCC, 20 Bruins players became NJCAA All-Americans while 24 were NJCAA Academic All-Americans. Almost half of his players went on to play Division I, according to his Utah bio. Parrish recruited heavily internationally.
Over his time at Salt Lake, he sent four players to UH: Troy Ostler, Ahmet Gueye, Jeff Blackett and P.J. Owsley.
“I am unbelievably excited to be a part of University of Hawaii basketball,” Parrish stated. “I have had the good fortune of sending several players to the University of Hawaii while I was the head coach at Salt Lake Community College. Every one of them loved their time at Hawaii. I am very familiar with the great tradition of men’s basketball at UH and look forward to continue building a championship program. Eran Ganot is one of the outstanding young coaches in the country and it is an honor to be a member of his staff. I am also well aware of the great community support the basketball program receives and am anxious to be a member of such an outstanding community and university.”
Ganot stated: "He has a great feel for the islands and for what it takes to succeed here. Please join me in welcoming Norm, his wife, Kaye, and his three children, Travis, Matt, and Collin to our Ohana!”
Parrish received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwest Nazarene in 1987 and got a Master’s from Utah State in 1993.