You don’t idly post an opening for a men’s basketball assistant coach.
Although UH gave itself some wiggle room with the way its job listing is worded, you had to be pretty sure someone was on their way out to go through all that trouble.
In the time since the post went up sometime Tuesday, it’s been increasingly clear that assistant coach Chris Acker is the guy. Acker to Boise State is all but a done deal, according to sources. The Broncos and coach Leon Rice have had an opening since John Rillie joined Joe Pasternak’s new staff at UC Santa Barbara in mid-May.
Here was today’s article in the print edition on the subject.
If (when) the move becomes official, UH will feel Acker’s absence.
Acker’s biggest recruiting contributions for the team were Leland Green and Drew Buggs, but he also brought in Larry Lewis Jr. and walk-on forward Darryl Matthews. The latter two were already determined to be out for next season.
The former Chaminade guard increasingly found his voice over his two-plus seasons in Manoa, coming into his own as an assistant at the Division I level. He was Eran Ganot’s go-to guy for player development and team defensive schemes.
In the current landscape of college hoops, the Mountain West is a cut above the Big West in prestige and financial backing. You can’t begrudge a family man (who has a wife and two young children) the superior job package of a MWC school.
Now it’s UH that must try to pry an up-and-comer away from his comfort zone.