by: Beth Hillyer
(KHNL) - Sports fans at Murphys reflect on the Coach's announcement.
Fan Warren Taylor says, "I have been to every game except last night this year. And they got a good team and it's a bummer to see Coach Riley leave with such a good team."
This afternoon Riley Wallace announced his retirement - effective at the end of this season.
But fans like Taylor support his decision. "With his health and time put in 20 years been here a long time he is 65 wants his retirement I can relate to that."
And they bid him aloha. "I wish him well, hope they keep the program going. I hope Assistant Coach Nash gets the job. Hope to keep it local, keep on trucking.
Wallace broke the news to the team after Thursday's game" says Taylor.
Some fans like Bob Askew were shocked, "First time I heard the news that he retired. I wish he'd stay. We aren't going to get anyone better than him. He's been a great coach and always has been."
Coach Wallace has a career record of 325 wins. Askew sums it up, "He has brought great basketball to Hawaii and if it is his decision and not someone above him then I wish him Aloha. I just wish he'd stay. He is going to be very hard to replace."