After missing the first 13 games of the season on medical leave, Hawaii head coach Eran Ganot is returning. He will coach his first game of the season on Sunday against the Maine Black Bears.
During his absence, the Rainbow Warriors went 8-5 with interim coach Chris Gerlufsen leading Hawaii to significant wins over UTEP, Pacific, San Francisco, and New Orleans.
Hawaii’s strong start has been led by their guards, Drew Buggs and Eddie Stansberry. Prior to Stansberry’s poor shooting during the Diamond Head Classic, he was one of the nation’s best shooters. He is ninth in the country in percentage of minutes played. Buggs has been great passing the rock for the Rainbows, ranking 60th in the country in assist rate.
Ganot has made significant strides with his health over the past two months. Over the past couple weeks, he has began attending practices. During his first year coaching (2015-16) he led Hawaii to the NCAA Tournament and an upset against 4 seed California. Ganot’s career record is 85-52.
Eran Ganot ends medical leave of absence, returns to coach Rainbow Warrior basketball team https://t.co/5jUx6B57Ho #GoBows @HawaiiMBB @HawaiiAthletics @c_shimabuku // https://t.co/SOdY37JnAf pic.twitter.com/vrEuQ88Rmj— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) December 29, 2019
After Sunday’s game against Maine, Hawaii begins Big West play against Cal State Fullerton.