The UH basketball team has filled a key position with the hiring of Chris Gerlufsen as assistant coach. Gerlufsen has worked for three Division I programs in the past two decades, including the last four seasons at the University of San Diego.
> Gerelufsen replaces Adam Jacobsen, who resigned to accept an assistant coach’s job at Cal Baptist. Jacobsen was with the Rainbow Warriors for four years, including the NCAA Tournament run in 2015-16. Jacobsen served as associate head coach the past three years.
> Gerlufsen takes over the offensive coordinator’s job from Jacobsen. Gerlufsen said his preferred style matches the four-out offense the ‘Bows ran the past couple seasons. UH’s offense relies heavily on ball screens and spacing.
> The Toreros and ‘Bows had similar stat lines in 2018-19. USD averaged 72.0 points on 45.5 percent shooting, including 35.1 percent on 3s. UH’s numbers were 72.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting, including 35.4 percent from behind the arc. The difference? The Toreros play in the West Coast Conference, whose membership includes perennial postseason participants Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s and San Francisco.
> Gerlufsen also will coach the perimeter players, help in scouting, and contribute in recruiting. He has been successful in recruiting in Texas, the junior colleges, and internationally.
> Lia Gombar, Gerlufsen’s girlfriend of more than 12 years, is a Kaiser High graduate who was born and reared on Oahu. They met on the “Ninth Island” — Las Vegas.