Head coach Eran Ganot will miss the 2019-20 season opener after taking a temporary medical leave of absence.

Head coach Eran Ganot will step away from the Rainbow Warriors basketball team temporarily, Hawaii Athletics announced today. Ganot will be taking a temporary medical leave of absence, effective immediately.

"Although it pains me to leave the team, there are certain health issues that I need to address," Ganot said. "I have a plan and I will return.  I appreciate my coaches, players and the administration and I look forward to returning to the court as soon as possible."

The ‘Bows are set to open the season this Friday with the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic. In Ganot’s absence, assistant coach Chris Gerlufsen takes over as acting head coach as Hawai’i hosts Florida A&M in the season opener.

"Our main concern is with Eran's health,” Athletic Director David Matlin said. “We're here to support him and we look forward to his return.  Nobody loves this program more than Eran. Eran has created a strong culture with his staff and we both have full confidence in the ability of Chris, John (Montgomery), Jabari (Trotter) and Jesse (Nakanishi) to lead the team."

Ganot took over the program in April 2015. Since his reign began, he has taken the team to unprecedented heights. He won 77 games in his first four seasons, including a historic campaign in his first year that saw the team win its first ever March Madness match, an opening round upset of fourth seeded Cal Bears. Ganot won a trio of awards that first season, with the Big West Coach of the Year, the Red Auerbach College Coach of the Year, and the Joe B. Hall Award (Top First-Year Head Coach).

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