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UH hoops coach Ganot’s contract extended 2 years


    Hawaii head coach Eran Ganot instructed his team during the first half against California in the NCAA Tournament in Spokane, Wash. on March 18.

Hawaii basketball coach Eran Ganot’s contract has been extended two years by athletic director David Matlin, UH announced today.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser previously reported a two-year deal in the works for Ganot, 35, who coached the Rainbow Warriors to the program’s winningest season (28-6) and first NCAA Tournament victory in March. He was named the Big West Coach of the Year.

Ganot’s new deal takes him through the 2019-20 season. His original contract was for three years and a base salary approaching $240,000 through 2017-18. Ganot’s salary and other incentives under his new deal were not immediately disclosed.

“Eran embodies winning with integrity,” Matlin said in a UH news release. “He’s been a difference-maker for our basketball program as well as our entire department. We’re excited to extend his contract. Eran and his staff are committed to building an elite program here and this extension reflects our commitment to his vision.”

UH’s first full practice for the 2016-17 season is Friday. Pending a UH appeal, the Rainbows are still banned by the NCAA from the coming postseason because of rule violations during the tenure of former coach Gib Arnold. They are also operating with two fewer scholarships than other D-I teams for the next two seasons.

“I’m grateful to David and the university for their unwavering support of our program and our entire athletics department,” Ganot said in UH’s release. “I feel honored to have the opportunity to do what I love at a place that means so much to my family and I. It can’t be measured how much my family and I love this program, school, and the state of Hawaii. We take great pride being here and look forward to being a part of the Rainbow Warrior family for a long time.”

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    • Yup, just adding to the price of the buy-out when the fans demand he be fired. With the recruits he has, and all the good ones that refused or left, Men’s Basketball will barely have a winning season (and might not even get that even with the cupcake schedule) and the Fans will quickly become upset. The recruits he has average about 1/2 of what the Gib/Taylor boys put up. But he’s the AD’s pet so this wasn’t unexpected.

      • Why do you persist in protecting the fraud and unethical activities and behavior of the previous regime? Ganot has to rebuild from scratch because of the ruins left by your fellow crook. Why don’t you mention the fact that Fib got his bonuses for plus 20 wins by having Chaminade, Hilo, and toms of orher cupcake opponents on his schedule? Why don’t you mention the fact that some of Fib’s recruits left in disgrace and the top players (two exactly) who left after last year is because the success Ganot brought to the season made them think they’re good enough for the pros?

    • Your basing your comment on the fact that he was coach of the year in his first year, won the conference title, took the team to the NCAA and won a game for the first time in school history? Wow, brilliant deduction!

    • In my opinion, the extension is critical in re-building the program. It’s a lot easier to recruit when potential players know who their coach will be for the next four or so years. There is a potential for recruits to commit to another program if they aren’t sure what would happen after their first two years in our program. The NCAA sanctions has already cost the program some quality players who chose not to return, so recruiting becomes even more important to fill the void.

  • Yea, here we go again. All the Gib/Benjy lovers who insist they weren’t his recruits. True, but Gib and Benjy didn’t do what Ganot did in one season and with someone else’s recruits. To me that makes what he did with last year’s team even bigger. NCAA win out of the first round? C’mon, that’s historical stuff for us. Not even the Fab Five did that.

  • to soon to fast !! should wait till the end of this season and see how his team does !! last year any coach would of had plus wins with the team and player he had !! this year will show the real type of basketball style he will play !!

      • If he achieves 20+ wins this year it’s a near miracle and he should be in the running for one of the greatest coaches ever. Is tempering expectations with reality so difficult for you? He is tasked with rebuilding a program decimated by the crookedness of the previous regime. Why is that so difficult to comprehend?

      • Extending a contract for two years has nothing to do with Gib or his recruits. Ganot signed a 3 year contract and after one year we added two more years. This is lunacy! WHY do AD’s continue to give lucrative jobs to people for five years when the average time a college coach has is 2.2 years nationally? Reward a good year with a bonus like normal companies do, don’t promise him more years on a contract like UH did with Chow. If Ganot has a bad couple of years are revenue will be down and then we wont have the money to find a replacement for him because we still have two years left on a contract. The kid coached one year and you gave him a 4 year deal. THIS IS JUST NOT GOOD BUSINESS.
        MORE TAXPAYERS MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN, DON’T ASK THE LEGISLATURE FOR ANY MORE MONEY. FYI football will barely break even this year(lucky we had body bag games with CAL,MICH,ARIZONA). we are in trouble thanks to another incompetent AD.

        • hywnsytl, i have to disagree with you, yes UH has not been the best with AD’s and this goes back to the days of Yoshida. However, Matlin brings a different approach and like the current coaches that have been brought in Matlin took the position knowing that he would inherit a ton of collateral damage left by Ben Jay and those before him. Matlin is bringing in people who have a great passion for the school and the desire to bring UH to a higher level. I like that Matlin is young and so are the coaches that have been brought in. In a world that is driven by huge salaries and bonuses I think UH has fared well with coaches that are getting paid well below the average of what many first year coaches are making. Ganot like Rolo have a lot of love for Hawaii and this is how you keep coaches. Tomey, Wagner, Shoji, Wallace all had bad years but they had a long tenure at UH with Shoji still coaching, as well as the Softball and Baseball, I really think JJ would have stayed but that is part of the fall out. Anyway, I feel your pain, anger and frustration but I also feel that the ship is turning in the right direction not fast but making progress

        • Extending the contract has everything to do with “good business practice” when a smart CEO analyzes the data effectively, just as importany as cutting bait early on like how BJ should have done with Chow and Arnold. And further to your education, UH football will make at $2 million profit this year.

  • Got to give the guy credit for coming into a program that was being investigated by the NCAA because of the coach before him screwed up. He takes over a team that lost two scholarship and may not get a chance to go to any tournaments this year. Granted last year all of the players were recruited by the last coach and they made it all the way to the NCAA tournament, but starting this year he has a whole new team and he should have at least four years to try and build this team.
    Glad that he got the extension.

  • Ganot was not a popular choice over Benjy Taylor, he knew of potential NCAA violations and sanctions, inherited a talented team with set predetermined schedule (cupcakes were not his selections), and yet produced the single greatest season in UH b-ball history. I believe the extension is beneficial to the program and to recruiting. Now instead of just managing the inherited team, begin coaching a team from scratch. I support him but he needs to prove the extension was warranted. Go Bows.

  • ganot is the best hope the university has for increasing home game attendance at the stan. wallace proved that a winning record does not shield a coach from dismissal. attendance drives the coach’s salary and tenure.

    if, in three years, ganot has not improved on the 2015, 6,000 average home game attendance at the stan, he may be looking for another job. for now, i hope he makes a significant difference in home game attendance this year. he deserves a chance at an enhanced salary. the only university of hawaii ncaa basketball tournament win is proof of ganot’s value.

  • Come on, haters, don’t begrudge this good guy, good coach and his $240k salary. We’ve had ineffectual coaches earning around $1 million for doing nothing. Eran deserves a little security and maybe a raise. Ya think?

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