August 10, 2012 at 4:09 PM HST - Updated June 27 at 10:28 PM
HONOLULU – (Hawaii Athletics) University of Hawai'i men's basketball coach Gib Arnold announced the hiring of Chris McMillian as the team's new Director of Basketball Operations. McMillian has spent the last two seasons at UH as the team's strength coach and video coordinator
"Chris has done a great job here the past two years," Arnold said. "It was natural to promote him to the position of director of operations. His future is very bright in the profession"
McMillian, 32, replaces Kerry Rupp, who accepted an assistant coaching position at Montana earlier this year.
"I am truly grateful for the opportunity that I'vebeen given by Coach Arnold," McMillian said. "I've learned a lot from Coach Arnold and the entire coaching staff in the past two years and look forward to being a part of the great things that are on the horizon for this basketball program."
This is McMillian's second stint as a director of operations. He served in a similar capacity at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., during the 2008-09 season. His duties included coordinating all video activities including film exchange and game breakdown. He also assisted in the Gents' strength and conditioning.
Prior to working at Centenary, McMillian spent six years as a personal trainer and performance specialist in Phoenix, Ariz. McMillian assisted athletes improve their speed quickness, explosiveness, as well as providing nutritional advice. As a personal trainer, he designed workout programs aimed at 15 trainers and their clients.
McMillian was a standout basketball player at the University of Wyoming. He started at point guard all four years for the Cowboys and helped the team to two Mountain West Conference championships and one NCAA tournament berth. McMillian finished his career ranked third all-time in assists with 434 and second for consecutive games started. He currently ranks 10th in career assist average with 3.5 a game and sixth in career steals with 136.
A native of Brea, California, McMillian graduated from Wyoming in 2003 with a degree in communication.