Ganot: I did not apply

Hawaii coach Eran Ganot has two staff positions to fill this summer. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, 2015

Hawaii basketball coach Eran Ganot would like to further quell the speculation about his status for the vacant head hoops job at the University of San Diego.

In the story that ran (free link) in Tuesday’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser, Ganot affirmed his loyalty to UH and downplayed a report that named him and four others as possible candidates for the Toreros job. But the question of whether he applied for it was left out there, hanging.

Tuesday night, just prior to leaving on a flight for San Antonio for the Final Four, Ganot was unequivocal about that — no.

He messaged: “As I said earlier, I have a job with great potential. We have worked through great challenges. We work with great people — we love Hawaii. I did not and have not applied for any other job in my time here.”

With that, he hopes to end confusion heading into his fourth head-coaching offseason in Manoa, which includes completing a schedule and filling up a couple of scholarship vacancies for his 2018 recruiting class. Next up is the team banquet at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on April 11, the same day as the opening of the spring signing period.


  1. Aaron March 27, 2018 11:58 pm

    I don’t know why people keep saying that because of his salary that he’s so certain to leave if even a slightly more lucrative offer comes along. If you are really paying attention, the facts don’t back that up. The guy wants to be here and he’s still building something. He may outgrow Hawaii at some point in the future, but I truly believe he wants to accomplish something and leave the program in better shape than how he found it when he does go… or he wants to be the next Riley Wallace or Randy Bennett (two of his biggest mentors) and stay in one place for as long as possible. Regardless of whether you think Rolo and Ganot are good coaches or bad coaches, it is hard to doubt their desire to accomplish something here at UH.

  2. cappie the dog March 28, 2018 4:30 am

    Coach Ganot already knew at the outset that the salaries at the University of Hawaii were mediocre at best. It’s his second tour of duty here. I agree with you that money isn’t a factor.

    Rolovich or Ganot are neither a good or bad coach, but rather, the best coach Hawaii can get, as a have-not.

  3. warriorrebel March 28, 2018 1:05 pm

    Glad to hear Ganot plans to stay put! he’s building a good and stable program. Go Ganot and warriors!

  4. orioles4eva March 28, 2018 3:38 pm

    Ganot stated that he did not apply for the San Diego job, he did not say that he was not interested in the position and would not take the San Diego job if it was offered. There is a difference in how he could have replied, such as “I will not be leaving the University of Hawaii anytime soon.” I am not sure what he would if he was offered the job.

  5. 808WarriorFan March 28, 2018 5:36 pm

    MAHALO Coach Ganot …

  6. oldtimer808 March 28, 2018 7:35 pm

    I’m just happy that we have our coaches who have affection for the the uniqueness of coaching in Hawaii. Coach Ganot has proven to me that he can take this program in the right direction as well as Coach Rolo. I look forward to the return of the run and shoot and I believe we have the ingredients to make it work. I am an optimist and good things will happen this year.

  7. cappie the dog March 29, 2018 4:48 am


    I think Coach Ganot’s counterpart would bolt, given a job offer equivalent to that of San Diego.

    Ganot probably wants to see if his trio of recruits are going to pan out.

    I can’t foresee the women’s basketball program improving with the graduation of their leading scorer.

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