HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Already named the Big West Coach of the Year, Hawaii first-year head coach Eran Ganot has been named a finalist to a number of national coaching awards.
For all of the programs success in his inaugural year coaching, Ganot has received nominations to four major awards. Most impressive of these is the Jim Phelan Award, given the nation's top division one head coach. He was one of only 21 coaches to earn this selection. Additionally, Ganot is one of 10 coaches chosen to win the Joe B. Hall Award, which honors the nation's top rookie division one head coach. He is also one of 21 finalists for the Hugh Durham Award, which is given to the nation's top mid-major coach. Lastly, Ganot is one of six elected finalists for the Red Auerbach College Coach of the Year Award, given annually to the nation's top Jewish college coach under the Jewish Coaches Association.
Under his wing, the 'Bows recorded the most wins in school history (28) en route to winning both the Big West regular season and tournament titles. That led to the programs fifth NCAA Tournament berth and a first round upset of Cal, the first NCAA Tournament win in program history.
The winners will be announced in Houston this weekend at the Final Four. Ganot will be in attendance.