April 16, 2007 07:34 AM
By Russell Yamanoha
MANOA (KHNL) - For nearly four decades, UH Associate Basketball Coach Bob Nash has either played for or coached for the Rainbow Warriors.
Now, he's getting his chance to run the show, as Nash beat out a boatload of applicants Friday to be named the new head coach of the basketball 'Bows.
"I've had passion for this university for a long time", said Nash, "And so I was always going to give it my best shot."
Nash says, he prepared long and hard to show the coach search committee that he was their man.
But now that he's over that hurdle, the real work begins.
"A lot more responsibility but I'm up for the task. I been on the sideline a long time and I've seen a lot of different things and now I want to take that knowledge, apply it and be able to go forward with it."
Since last December, when Riley Wallace announced he was stepping down at the UH, there's been a huge ground swell of support for Nash.
That support came from the man on the street and the players on the UH roster.
"I think it's a great hire", said K5 Basketball Analyst Artie Wilson, "I think Bob has paid his dues and he's honed his skills as he always says and Bob Nash to be the next head coach of the University of Hawaii is a great choice."
Current Rainbow Warrior basketball player Matt Gibson added, "He's gonna work us and I'm not afraid of that, you know. As long as we reach those goals that we set at the beginning of the season, I'll be happy. You know, I have one more year and I'm glad I get to spend it with Coach Nash."
"I got a lot of work to do before we get there and I got to put in a whole different system. I got to get the guys all on the same page. And so it's going to take a while so let's slow it down a little bit."
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