Bolla bounced by University of Hawaii

Jim Donovan
Jim Donovan

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - "Jim Bolla is no longer an employee at the University of Hawaii at Manoa." That's a direct quote from UH Athletics Director Jim Donovan on Wednesday regarding the status of the now former women's head basketball coach.

Bolla's been on paid administrative leave since mid February after allegations surfaced he kicked a player.

During a teleconference Wednesday Donovan spoke about the new coaching availability, but couldn't discuss Bolla's situation further citing personnel issues

"We're posting it today both inside our state and nationally it'll be posted on the NCAA site as soon as they can get it up, and also with NACWAA, so it will be a national search," said Donovan.

But what are Hawaii's options if Bolla appeals and finds success in it?

"Well, you're walking me down a path which I said I couldn't do in the beginning, but I will confirm there is an appeal process for all employees, and that's about all I can say about that," said Donovan.

Another concern for fans is the timing of the process, as national letter of intent signing day for basketball is next week.

"April 15 is the signing day for men's and women's basketball, the state has requirements in regards to timelines and how long a job needs to be posted and at the same time we want to get the best candidate possible to be in the mix for the position," said Donovan.

Before the alleged kicking incident occurred, Bolla also had another complaint filed against him last year.

In his five seasons at UH, the 57-year old coach compiled a 56-73 record.