Basketball Coach Eran Ganot '03 Earns Accolades, Reaches March Madness

Eran Ganot '03

In his first season as head men's basketball coach at the University of Hawaii men's, Eran Ganot '03 is heading to the Big Dance.

The 33-year-old alum guided the Rainbow Warriors to a 27-5 record, winning the Big West championship and earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball tournament, commonly referred to as March Madness. Hawaii is a No. 13 seed and will face No. 4 seed Cal-Berkeley on Friday, March 18, in Spokane, Wash.

Ganot's success as first-year head coach has earned him accolades. Following a 24-5 regular season, he was named Big West Coach of the Year by his peers, becoming just the fourth head coach to earn the honor in his rookie season.

Ganot graduated with a degree in economics and sociology/anthropology from Swarthmore, but knew he wanted to get into coaching. "I had a harder road because I went the coaching path, but that is what I wanted to do," he tells the Honolulu Star-Adviser. "And if you only get one life, I was gonna go with what I wanted to do, chasing my passion."

A four-year student-athlete for the Garnet, Ganot was a two-time captain of the men's basketball team and was awarded the Dick Beppler Memorial Award his senior year, which recognized outstanding contributions to the men's basketball team.

Ganot's success is just the latest highlight for the Swarthmore men's basketball program. The Garnet is coming off of the program's best season in 20 years, setting a new record for wins in a season (22) and reaching the Centennial Conference and ECAC championship games.