Warrior Insider

The Inside Source for Hawaii Men's Basketball

Assistant coach Acker headed to Boise State

Chris Acker is leaving the University of Hawai’i basketball team’s coaching staff, and has been hired as an assistant coach at Boise State. Both schools made official announcements about Acker on Wednesday.

Acker was an assistant coach for the Warriors for the past two seasons. His vacant spot on the staff is already advertised as an open job position.

Here is a statement from UH head coach Eran Ganot:

“We want to congratulate Chris on his new position. Chris has played a pivotal role in our program’s success and his efforts have allowed us to get where we’re at today. We’re extremely grateful for his contributions, particularly in developing our student-athletes both on and off the court. As good as he is as a coach, we’ll miss him most as a person. We wish him – as well as Jen and their two boys — all the best in this next chapter of their lives.

“In the meantime, we look forward to completing our staff in the near future and are excited about getting our team ready for a great 2017-18 season.”

And here is the announcement from Boise State:

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State men’s basketball head coach Leon Rice announced Wednesday, the hiring of Chris Acker as an assistant coach. Acker spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Hawai’i. Acker rounds out the Broncos’ 2017-18 coaching staff.

“I am excited to have Chris and his family as a part of Bronco Basketball,” said Rice. “He’s an accomplished coach and brings a lot of enthusiasm and experience to our program.”

In Acker’s two seasons at Hawai’i he helped the Rainbow Warriors to the 2016 Big West title and a win in the NCAA Tournament. He oversaw the team’s defense and was the player development coordinator. His skill development highlights include helping Stefan Jankovic progress into the Big West Player of the Year and earn a free-agent contract with the Miami Heat.

Prior to Hawai’i, Acker was the head coach at West Los Angeles College for two seasons. He took over the program following a one-year suspension and led the team to immediate success on the court and in the classroom. Three student-athletes went on to four-year universities and five were honored with academic accolades. In Acker’s second season, the Wildcats finished 18-8 and advanced to the Sweet 16.

Acker spent six seasons at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., serving as an assistant coach and the associate head coach during his tenure. He helped the Owls win the 2008 California state championship and four Western State Conference championships.

Defense has been Acker’s calling card at each stop. Hawai’i finished in the top three of virtually every defensive category in the Big West during his first season. At West LA, his teams finished in the top three of the state in scoring defense.

Originally from Compton, Calif., Acker played two years of community college basketball before finishing his playing career at Chaminade. After a productive two seasons, which included helping the Silver Swords to an upset of Villanova in the 2003 Maui Invitational, Acker went on to a four-year professional career in Greece, Portugal and the United States.


  1. Helped tremendously with recruiting. His wife and kids were always at the games cheering on the team. Eldest son served as one of the floor wipers – at 4′ he’s an amazing shooter.

  2. I am wondering what players Chris Acker was recruiting for future years and if he telling his recruits to follow him to Boise. I think it is obvious that Ganot need to hire a new assistant who makes recruiting the top priority.

  3. 6-5 SG Max Guinn offered by UH for 2019, per verbal commits.

  4. Max Guinn is a fine offer. Hope they can reel him in. For 2019.
    No doubt he has some growing to do. Him and MT’s brother as well.

  5. Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 1h ago
    ” Gonzaga grad transfer Bryan Alberts tells me he has cut his list to Long Beach State, Weber State, and VCU. Immediately eligible. “

  6. Guinn founded KIds Eco Club when he was 10, along with his mother.
    ” To empower youth to lead a cultural transformation that optimizes health and sustains the environment. “

  7. Re: Alberts. It’s probably why they brought in Hemsley for a visit … if, in fact, that was true.

  8. Jhems‏ @JustinHemsley_ 3h ago
    EXTREMELY excited to announce that i’ve committited to the University of Hawaii. Thank you to everyone who never doubted me #GoWarriors
    6-5 PG ?

  9. Could be a wing player.

  10. 6-6, he grew.

  11. This has got to be the top news of the year for men’s basketball. Ganot’s secret signing.

  12. CaliRebels‏ @CaliRebels1
    Big shoutout to Cali Rebels Wing Justin Hemsley/Damien HS 4 being named to the Open Division All-CIF team! Big time player in the C/O 2017! (Mar 21 2017)

  13. All CIF-Southern Section

  14. Also on that All-CIF team was a player named Justice Sueing.

  15. All-CIF Southern team. At 1:03, Justice Sueing, at 1:12 Justin Hemsley. Later,
    one of the Ball brothers and near the end the youngest Ball. Also Bol Bol.

  16. This recruit looking better and better. (Nice post.)

  17. Also briefly in the video at about 2:32, Shareef O’Neil, someone pointed out.

  18. akuhead2, see Bol Bol with Mater Dei at an Iolani tournament June 15,16 and 17, per Sports Animals.

  19. Kentucky, Arizona, UCLA, USC, Kansas, Oregon, Creighton, St. Johns, and New Mexico State. Hawaii should offer him. We should be on that list. Somebody make this dude an offer !

  20. … don’t get me wrong. I am very happy the coaches were able to get Hemsley. And it is worth it to note, though not all telling, that Hemsley did make the 13. Hemsley will get minutes, and he might start right away. I’m just waiting for word now how he likes the poki and lau lau.

  21. so little info and video….in between a noah allen and mike thomas?…hopefully not a trevor wiseman

  22. Heard on TV this morning that Ganot will announce another signing by the end of the month (a transfer student). Is this going to be Stallworth or is there someone out there we don’t know about?

  23. Stallworth already committed or signed.

  24. Did Hemsley officially sign a financial aid agreement? Since the window closed technically Hemsley could leave us if he gets a bigger offer.

  25. Larry Lewis, Jr. to Hawaii Pacific, per verbal commits.

  26. Great interviews !! It seems it has been a long time since we heard from the coach and these interviews cover almost everything. (maybe everything). Coach has gotten a lot of things done these past few months. Great job !! Go Bows !!

  27. transfer or front court player?…idk bout another guard/wing unless that guard is bryan alberts

  28. Darn. Was hoping Hawaii had a shot at Leland King II, a one-and-done forward who left Nevada a few weeks ago, but he committed to Santa Barbara. Oh well, it’ll be interesting to see how he turns out.

Leave a Response

Login or fill in the fields below to comment. (New user? Register)