Athletic director Jim Donovan today dismissed Bob Nash as UH’s basketball coach.
Nash as a year remaining on a contract that was extended last year. Boosters have contributed $100,000 to offset Nash’s $240,000 buyout.
Donovan and Nash met last night, and Nash was asked to come up with a compelling plan to remain. Donovan said he decided this morning to make the move based purely on business — losing record, dwindling attendance.
We’ve heard all sorts of names being dropped: Randy Bennett, Reggie Theus, Cameron Dollar, Gib Arnold, Jarinn Akana.
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Riley Wallace, who likely will be one of Donovan’s advisers in the selection process, said the position needs to be filled by an established coach who can recruit. Such a coach would cost about $500,000 to $600,000. Thing is, UH paid Nash $240,000 annually and the position’s ceiling is $400,000.
“They need seven spots to fill,” Wallace said. “You’re going to have to pay. The price is going up.”
When Wallace was hired as UH’s head coach in 1997, he earned $55,000 annually. “We couldn’t afford furniture in our living room,” he said.
Through most of his UH tenure, he earned less than $100,000. But his final season, he earned $330,000, which included radio money and other perks.
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Overshadowed by the basketball situation is that volleyball coach Dave Shoji was set to announce his new associate head coach today, presumably Scott Wong.
But UH’s human-relations director was busy, obviously, with other paper work this morning.