HONOLULU (AP) — Bob Nash was fired as coach of the University of
Hawaii’s men’s basketball team on Monday after posting a 34-56
record over three seasons.
“This was a very tough decision,” athletic director Jim Donovan
said in a statement. “No person has shown more dedication to UH
basketball than Bob Nash.”
Nash was a member of the “Fabulous Five,” a group of UH
basketball players during the 1970-71 and 1971-72 seasons that
led the team to a 47-8 record. They made the postseason twice,
including the school’s first NCAA tournament appearance.
He became head coach in 2007 after 23 seasons as an assistant
coach, replacing Riley Wallace, who retired after 20 years at
Hawaii and making his mark as the school’s winningest coach with
As the program’s 18th head coach, however, Nash was unable to
steer his teams onto a consistently victorious path. His first
season ended with an 11-19 mark, including upset wins over New
Mexico State and Utah State. The team finished Nash’s second
season with a 13-17 mark.
This season, Nash compiled a 10-20 record overall, 3-13 in the
Western Athletic Conference. The team was hampered by injuries
or other maladies. Each of its 11 scholarship players missed
either practice or game time due to an injury, illness or
Last year, he recruited junior college All-American Roderick
Flemings, who recently was selected as an honorable mention on
the all-Western Athletic Conference team.
“Ultimately this comes to a business decision based on win-loss
record, not Bob Nash’s character or how well he performed in
other aspects of the program,” Donovan said.
A national search for a new coach will begin immediately,
The university will have to pay Nash approximately $240,000 to
buy out the one year remaining on his contract.
Donovan said he has received $100,000 from anonymous sources to
help mitigate that cost, adding that he intends to raise more to
cover the remaining amount.
Junior point guard Hiram Thompson, the only starting player
eligible to return next season, said he would prefer to play for
“We have a good relationship and I know what to expect from
him,” Thompson told The Honolulu Advertiser. “There’s definitely
a bright future for next year with the personnel we have coming