HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Moving forward is what's next for the Rainbow Warrior basketball team.
But Tuesday...current players addressed what was said behind closed doors Monday, when Bob Nash told them he would not be coming back for a fourth season.
"He just went to each coach and person that was involved with the team and thanked them." Said guard Hiram Thompson. "(He) told them how grateful he was for the time he had to be with us."
"It was a really good speech." Added forward Bill Amis,"and we came together and prayed one last time together."
Players said while they maintain a close relationship with Nash, they realized 3-straight losing seasons meant a change was in order.
But change could be coming in more than just the coaching staff next season. Of the 11-players slotted to come back, only 8 are on scholarship.
And, whomever the new coaching staff is, they will have 5-vacant scholarships to fill. Another question yet to be answered is if all of Hawaii's players will return.
"I think for the most part everyone's going to come back...from who I've talked to. There's a couple of cases where it's still up in the air." Said Amis.
Thompson added that the change has motivated him to close out his senior season with a strong performance. "I know all the guys are ready for next year. They're starting to work hard and get ready. I'm just anxious to see who the new coach is."
A national search for a coach is underway. Tuesday Athletic Director Jim Donovan announced he has put together a 5-member committee to advise in the search.
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