HONOULULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new coach has been selected to lead Chaminade University's men's basketball program.
On Monday, the University announced that Eric Bovaird will replace Jerry Carrillo as the Silversword's head coach. Carrillo agreed to take the position, but later reconsidered the move to Hawaii after discussions with his family.
"Coach Bovaird is quite an accomplished basketball player himself with professional playing experience in Australia and Germany," Chaminade University athletic director Bill Villa said. "As a member of the West Liberty team he ranked 2nd and 5th in scoring in the Nation his junior and senior years and is a 2-time Collegiate All-American."
Bovaird served as an assistant coach at West Liberty University for seven years. The team was ranked No. 1 in the 2010-2011 season, but came up short in the NCAA Division II semi-finals to Brigham Young University-Hawaii. West Liberty finished the season with a 33-1 record.
"I am extremely excited to be the next Head Men's Basketball at Chaminade University. Chaminade has had a great tradition of basketball and I am honored to guide its program in the next phase," Bovaird said. "We have developed an exciting, high scoring, winning brand of basketball at West Liberty University that I plan to implement at Chaminade. Hawaii has always been a special place to my wife Leigh and I, and we are so excited to be moving to this magical place that we can now call home."