Eran Ganot

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Eran Ganot
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Hawaii
Conference Big West
Record 59–35 (.628)
Biographical details
Born Tenafly, New Jersey
Playing career
1999–2003 Swarthmore
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2007–2010 Hawaii (asst.)
2010–2015 St. Mary's (asst.)
2015–present Hawaii
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2006–2007 Hawaii (Director of Ops.)
Head coaching record
Overall 62–37 (.626)
Tournaments 1–1 (NCAA)
Accomplishments and honors
Big West regular season championship (2016)
Big West Tournament championship (2016)
Big West Coach of the Year (2016)

Eran Ganot (born c. 1980) is an American college basketball head coach for the University of Hawaii. In 2015-16, his first season as head coach at Hawaii, he earned Big West Coach of the Year accolades.

Early and personal life[edit]

Ganot was born in Philadelphia, and raised in his hometown of Tenafly, New Jersey.[1][2] He is Jewish.[3] His father immigrated to the United States from Romania, and his mother immigrated to the US from Israel.[4] He has a twin brother, named Asaf, a high-end fashion designer.[4][5]

Ganot attended Tenafly High School, graduating in 1999.[6] Playing for his high school basketball team, he was a two-time all-league first-team selection, and was named all-county as a senior.[6] He now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, with his wife Barbea and his daughter Zeza.[1]


Ganot lettered at Swarthmore College from 2000 to 2003, and was a two-time team captain.[1] He graduated with a degree in Economics and Sociology/Anthropology in 2003.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Ganot was the assistant coach at Hawaii from 2007 to 2010.[1] From 2010 to 2015, he served as assistant coach at St. Mary's in Moraga, California, and was acting head coach for five games in 2013-14, compiling a 3-2 record.

On April 9, 2015, Ganot was named Hawaii head coach, and signed to a three-year contract.[7][8] At 33 years of age he was the second-youngest head coach in school history, and the 21st head coach ever for the university.[1][9] His base salary was $225,000.[4]

In 2015-16, his first season as head coach at Hawaii, he led the Rainbow Warriors to the Big West regular season and tournament titles, the most wins in university history (28), the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002, and an opening-round upset over California for the teams's first-ever NCAA Tournament win.[8] He earned Big West Coach of the Year accolades.[10] He also received the’s Joe B. Hall Award, awarded to the top first-year head coach, as well as the Red Auerbach College Coach of the Year Award, selected by members of the Jewish Coaches Association as the top Jewish head basketball college coach.[1]

In September 2016 the university gave him a two-year contract extension.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Saint Mary's Gaels (West Coast Conference) (2013–2014)
2013–14 Saint Mary's (CA) 3–2 2–2 (acting)*
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (Big West Conference) (2015–present)
2015–16 Hawaii 28–6 13–3 T–1st NCAA Second Round
2016–17 Hawaii 14–16 8–8 5th
2017–18 Hawaii 17–13 8–8 6th
Hawaii: 59–35 (.628) 29–19 (.604)
Total: 62–37 (.626)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

*Ganot served as acting head coach from December 29, 2013 to January 9, 2014 due to head coach Randy Bennett's suspension for NCAA rules violations.[11]


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