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.”