UH Mānoa and UH Hilo open 2010 with several new coaching appointments.
Gib Arnold was named head Warrior Basketball coach March 20, 2010. Arnold most recently served as assistant coach at the University of Southern California for five seasons, helping USC achieve a record three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, three straight 20-win seasons and the winningest four-year stretch in school history. He was also an assistant coach for four seasons at Pepperdine and posted a 57–14 record as head coach at the College of Southern Idaho. He replaces Bob Nash, who was highly regarded as assistant coach with the Mānoa program for 25 years but couldn’t find the formula for a crowd-drawing winning record as head coach. Read the news release on Arnold’s appointment.
Arnold named Walter Roese associate coach. The Brazilian native, who met his wife in Hawaiʻi, has coached at at Nebraska, San Diego, Brigham Young and BYU-Hawaiʻi. Read the news release.
The Vulcans named Tolentino “Tino” Reyes interim women’s volleyball coach. “Coach Reyes has the strength and character of someone who knows Hilo and the university, and he has the experience and connections with the national programs to give us the best opportunity for success,” said Director of Athletics Dexter Irvin in making the announcement. Reyes, who was associate coach with the Mānoa men’s team, succeeds Bruce Atkinson, who led the Vulcan women to a 69–14 record and won two Pacific West Conference championships over three years. Read the news release.
Rainbow Wahine Volleyball
Scott Wong joins Rainbow Wahine Volleyball as associate coach. Wong was a volunteer assistant for the 2006 team that advanced to NCAA Regional finals. He was associate coach for the University of San Francisco Lady Dons last season after coach serving four years as an assistant coach for the Pepperdine men’s team. Former associate coach Mike Sealy accepted the head coaching position at UCLA. Read the news release.
In Wahine softball, Coach Bob Coolen promoted 13-year assistant Dee Wisneski to be the team’s first associate coach. He also named student manager Kaulana Williams assistant coach and welcomed Dickie Titcomb as volunteer coach. Read the news release.
Former Warrior quarterback Inoke Funaki rejoined Mānoa football as graduate assistant. A four-year letterman and 4.0 grad point average student, Funaki is pursuing his master’s degree. Read the news release.