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Urika
03-16-2010, 07:54 AM
Posted on: Sunday, March 14, 2010

Gaels' Smith here for interview
By Ferd Lewis and Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writers

Less than 24 hours after advertisements closed for the University of Hawai'i men's basketball job, interviews began in the search to find a successor to Bob Nash.

Kyle Smith, associate head coach at Saint Mary's, was said to be in town for a meeting with athletic director Jim Donovan and his advisory committee yesterday. Donovan declined comment and Smith did not return calls seeking comment.

But the timing would have been good for Smith, whose Gaels' won the West Coast Conference Tournament Monday with an 81-62 win over Gonzaga, and await their NCAA Tournament pairing today on Selection Sunday.

Smith, 40, has been with the Gaels for eight years and previously coached at Air Force and the University of San Diego. He is said to be the successor designate if Gaels' head coach Randy Bennett leaves for another job.

The UH committee is expected to go to the Mainland, possibly as early as Wednesday, to begin meeting with additional candidates.

One of them may be former University of Utah coach Ray Giacoletti, who has emerged as the most experienced known candidate to date.

The 47-year-old Giacoletti, who is an assistant at Gonzaga, has a career head coaching record of 171-123 with stops at North Dakota State, Eastern Washington and Utah.

He was 54-40 at Utah and took the Utes to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. He has been an assistant at Washington and Eastern Illinois.

Giacoletti said he has talked to Donovan and is, "very interested in the Hawai'i job. It is a unique job (and) in a lot of ways I think it would be the right fit for me and my wife. I think it fits who I am."

Giacoletti said the UH position is the only one he has applied for because he deems it "the best fit."

Meanwhile, former San Jose State head coach Steve Barnes has reportedly been recommended to UH. He is in his sixth year as associate head coach at Southern Mississippi. Barnes was 39-51 with the Spartans.

Donovan declined to confirm the candidates, but said he has heard from "30 to 40" and "we're moving along as fast as we can."

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Pargo the Destroyer
03-16-2010, 07:57 AM
Posted on: Sunday, March 14, 2010

Gaels' Smith here for interview
By Ferd Lewis and Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writers

Less than 24 hours after advertisements closed for the University of Hawai'i men's basketball job, interviews began in the search to find a successor to Bob Nash.

Kyle Smith, associate head coach at Saint Mary's, was said to be in town for a meeting with athletic director Jim Donovan and his advisory committee yesterday. Donovan declined comment and Smith did not return calls seeking comment.

But the timing would have been good for Smith, whose Gaels' won the West Coast Conference Tournament Monday with an 81-62 win over Gonzaga, and await their NCAA Tournament pairing today on Selection Sunday.

Smith, 40, has been with the Gaels for eight years and previously coached at Air Force and the University of San Diego. He is said to be the successor designate if Gaels' head coach Randy Bennett leaves for another job.

The UH committee is expected to go to the Mainland, possibly as early as Wednesday, to begin meeting with additional candidates.

One of them may be former University of Utah coach Ray Giacoletti, who has emerged as the most experienced known candidate to date.

The 47-year-old Giacoletti, who is an assistant at Gonzaga, has a career head coaching record of 171-123 with stops at North Dakota State, Eastern Washington and Utah.

He was 54-40 at Utah and took the Utes to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. He has been an assistant at Washington and Eastern Illinois.

Giacoletti said he has talked to Donovan and is, "very interested in the Hawai'i job. It is a unique job (and) in a lot of ways I think it would be the right fit for me and my wife. I think it fits who I am."

Giacoletti said the UH position is the only one he has applied for because he deems it "the best fit."

Meanwhile, former San Jose State head coach Steve Barnes has reportedly been recommended to UH. He is in his sixth year as associate head coach at Southern Mississippi. Barnes was 39-51 with the Spartans.

Donovan declined to confirm the candidates, but said he has heard from "30 to 40" and "we're moving along as fast as we can."

http://sports.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20100314/SPORTS0204/3140375&template=UHSports/Gaels++Smith+here+for+interview

Seriously, this guys name is Ferd? Awesome. Reminds me of Turd Ferguson.

Urika
03-17-2010, 07:15 AM
Posted on: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

UH to interview 3 today
By Ferd Lewis and Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writers

The search to find a new men's basketball head coach at the University of Hawai'i has moved to Los Angeles, where three candidates are scheduled to be interviewed today.

Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti and Southern Mississippi assistant Steve Barnes are said to be two of them, according to people familiar with the process but not authorized to speak for UH. The identity of the third coach could not be confirmed.

Once the interviews, which are scheduled to be held near Los Angeles International Airport, are concluded, athletic director Jim Donovan and his advisory committee will have met with at least six candidates.

Saint Mary's associate head coach Kyle Smith was interviewed Saturday in Honolulu while former USC assistant Gib Arnold and current Chaminade head coach Matt Mahar met with the committee in Waikīkī Monday afternoon.

Donovan said approximately 40 applications have been received. He declined comment except to say the "process will be done as expeditiously as possible."

Several signs point to the process winding up by this time next week with pressure mounting to name a replacement for Bob Nash before the national letter of intent signing period begins on April 14.

Oregon coach Ernie Kent was fired yesterday, but there was no indication that he had made contact with UH. Kent was 235-173 in 13 seasons with the Ducks, the most wins of any coach in Eugene.

Seattle University coach Cameron Dollar declined comment on whether he was a candidate, saying, "I have a policy to never comment publicly on job openings."

Giacoletti, 47, who has spent the past three years at Gonzaga, has the most head coaching experience of the known candidates with a 171-123 record over stays at North Dakota State, Eastern Washington and Utah. He led the Utes to a 29-6 record and a Sweet 16 appearance during the 2004-05 season.

Gonzaga plays Florida State Friday in the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, N.Y.

Barnes has spent the past six seasons as associate head coach at Southern Mississippi. Previously, he had been head coach at San Jose State for three seasons and an assistant at Chico State, Idaho, Utah State, Cal State Bakersfield and two tours at Iowa State.

Although he finished with a 39-51 record at San Jose State, Barnes led the Spartans to their two best showings in 14 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. San Jose State finished 15-15 in 1999-2000, and 14-14 in 2000-01 with Barnes as head coach.

The Spartans have finished with below-.500 records every year since.

Southern Miss plays Louisiana Tech Thursday in Ruston, La., in the www.Collegeinsider.com Tournament.

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GonzagaSwagga
03-17-2010, 07:24 AM
Dear Coach Giacoletti,

Please go coach my beloved Bows and turn the program around. March Madness 2011!

Love,

GS
'06