University of Hawaii men’s basketball assistant coach Jabari Trotter is on his way to New Hampshire.
Trotter, who joined the Rainbow Warriors in June 2018, is leaving to take up a post at his alma mater in Dartmouth where he both played and coached before arriving in the Islands.
“It was extremely difficult. You talk about obligations, just an environment that I’ve heard stories of but couldn’t really foresee. Support from the family, people within the department, the coaching staff, coach Eran Ganot. When he interviewed me and told me about it, it’s something you couldn’t believe until you experienced it and I just felt like this island and this community accepted me as theirs without knowing much about me. Kinda fair this kid from Dartmouth and I’ve grown a lot in those three years, ”said Trotter, KHON2 sporting director Rob DeMello. “So when you talk about a place like this it’s so special it is extremely difficult to leave, but also when you are presented with an opportunity and you go you have extra motivation to be successful.” and do well for these people. “
During his three years at UH, Trotter worked with range guards and was heavily involved in scouting and academics as well as recruiting. According to Trotter, he wasn’t looking to leave the place he now considers a second home, but an opportunity to return to a place so dear to his heart was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
“I told the players and spoke to the staff and no other school was really for me to consider. There are a lot of similarities even though you talk about such a big difference between Hanover and Honolulu. There are actually a lot of similarities in terms of community, environment and how special it is to me, but now you have that extra layer where it’s a place I’ve played and a place where I play. got my first assistant coach job. You just feel that extra motivation to be successful, you want to represent both sides of the coin, namely Hawaii and Hanover, and I’m just very lucky to be put in this situation to be back to where it all started for me.
Trotter is the second assistant coach to leave UH this offseason, joining associate head coach Chris Gerlufsen who has left for San Francisco.
Currently, it has not been revealed who will fill the gaps left by the departures of the coaches. John Montgomery remains the Rainbow Warriors’ only full-time assistant. Jesse Nakanishi, who has assistant coaching experience at Hawaii Pacific University, is currently the Director of Operations.