HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawai'i men's basketball head coach Gib Arnold announced the departure of two members of his staff as assistant coach Scott Fisher and director of basketball operations Chris McMillian have each accepted coaching positions on the mainland.
Fisher will serve as head coach at Ohlone College in his native Fremont, Calif., while McMillian accepted an assistant coaching position at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.
"When I first hired Scott and Chris I told them I never wanted them to stop climbing the coaching ladder," Arnold said. "I didn't want them to become complacent as career assistants here. Both worked very hard and received promotions within our coaching staff. Chris now has the opportunity to further his career as a full time assistant at the College of Southern Idaho, the top junior college in the country. Scott has been given an opportunity to not only to run his own program, but to return home as the head coach at Ohlone College. I'm very grateful for all the hard work and dedication of both Scott and Chris. Ohlone and CSI are getting great coaches and great people."
Both Fisher and McMillian were among Arnold's first hires when he arrived in Manoa four years ago. Fisher was the team's director of basketball operations before serving as assistant coach the last three seasons. Fisher came to Hawai'i after spending two decades as a player and head coach in Australia's National Basketball League.
"I want to thank everyone at the University of Hawai'i for the opportunities and experiences of the past four seasons," Fisher said. "It's difficult to leave a place that has come to feel like home, but I know I will return one day. Teaching basketball on the court is what I need to do and Ohlone College has presented me with the exciting challenge of being a head coach again."
McMillian, meanwhile. spent his first two seasons as strength coach (2010-11) and video coordinator (2011-12) and the last two seasons as the director of basketball operations.
"I'd like to thank everybody at the University of Hawai'i,"McMillian said. "The College of Southern Idaho is among the elite junior colleges in the country and gave me an opportunity that I could not pass up."