Basketball

(Left to Right) Jabari Trotter and Jesse Nakanishi 

Jabari Trotter and Jesse Nakanishi are the newest staffers on board the Hawai'i men's basketball team.

Head coach Eran Ganot announced yesterday that Trotter joined as an assistant coach while Jesse Nakanishi will be the program's director of basketball operation.

Trotter, a Dartmouth alumni, was a combo guard and four-year starter. Trotter went on to play professionally in Ireland before starting his coaching career at his alma mater.

Having spent two seasons at Dartmouth, Trotter was responsible for practice and game preparation, player development, scouting and co-coordinator for recruiting.

Prior to that, he was the director of basketball operations for a Lehigh team that finished second in the Patriot League with a 13-5 conference record. He also served as an assistant coach at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

"We're really excited to have Jabari on board," Ganot said in a press release. "His passion and energy is clearly evident. Jabari excels in player development and has quickly built a reputation in recruiting circles for his relentless effort, keen eye for talent, and ability to develop strong relationships. We love everything about him. He's a great fit with our staff and Hawai'i as a he gets back to his West Coast roots."

Trotter replaces former assistant head coach Marlon Stewart, who left the staff for Oregon State.

Nakanishi, a former coach at Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) and Kamehameha School-Kapālama, returns to the islands after spending the past season as director of operations at Seattle University. At HPU, Nakanishi served as an assistant coach for six seasons, highlighted by the 2016-2017 season where the Sharks finished with a 29-3 overall record and 20-2 in the PacWest.

"It's great to welcome Jesse back home," Ganot said. "After an incredible high school coaching career, he worked under some terrific coaches in Darren Vorderbruegge and Jim Hayford on the collegiate level. He has a vast amount of experience working in different areas and has been successful wherever he's been. We really look forward to him joining the staff and moving our program forward."

Nakanishi becomes Todd Okeson's successor, who left UH for personal reasons.