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Marlon Stewart named new assistant coach

Marlon Stewart was announced on Wednesday as a new assistant coach for the University of Hawai’i basketball team.

Stewart was an assistant coach at Montana last season, and previously held various staff positions at Virginia, Cal and Washington State. He fills the assistant coach role at UH that became open when Chris Acker left for Boise State last month.

Here is the official announcement from www.hawaiiathletics.com

HONOLULU – University of Hawai’i men’s basketball head coach Eran Ganot announced the hiring of Marlon Stewart as an assistant coach. Stewart has been working in collegiate basketball for more than a decade, including the last three seasons at the University of Montana.

A native of Washington, Stewart boasts a depth of championship experience. He’s been associated with four different programs across the nation and has been part of the postseason in 12 of the last 13 seasons. He’s also worked with a number of players who have gone on to the NBA, including 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon.

“We’re excited to add Marlon to the team,” Ganot said. “Marlon is well respected for his
work ethic, coaching acumen, and recruiting, particularly on the international front and in the Northwest. His experience working with winning programs and NBA-caliber players will be a true asset to our student-athletes. He’s passionate about the game, particularly on the defensive end, and we can’t wait to get things going with him.”

Stewart added: “This is an incredible opportunity and I’m humbled and thrilled to join such a special program under Coach Ganot. I look forward to getting started with our student-athletes and helping Hawai’i basketball achieve great things in the years ahead.”

In his most recent stop at Montana, Stewart spent his first two years as director of basketball operations, before being elevated to assistant coach. As an assistant, Stewart directed the Griz defense, while also playing an important role in recruiting, compliance, scouting, video analysis, and the team’s strength and conditioning.

During his first two seasons in Missoula, Stewart helped UM to a pair of 20-win seasons. The Griz won the Big Sky regular season championship in 2015, made two appearances in the conference tournament championship game, and twice advanced to post-season play. In 2016-17, Stewart helped guide a stifling defense that ranked second in the league in points allowed.

Before joining the staff at Montana, Stewart enjoyed vast success during stops at Virginia, Cal and at his alma mater Washington State. His teams reached the post-season 10 straight times, including six NCAA tournaments, three conference championships and two Sweet 16 appearances.

Prior to Montana, Stewart spent two years at Virginia (2012-14), where he served as the technology and scouting assistant. During that time, the Cavaliers won 53 games, highlighted by the 2013-14 season in which the team won the ACC championship, earned a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament, and advanced to the Sweet 16.

Stewart also worked as the video coordinator at California for four seasons (2008-12), under Hall of Fame coach Mike Montgomery. During his four years in Berkeley, the Bears advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times and won the Golden Bears’ first Pac-10 title in 50 years.

Stewart got his start in college basketball as a student video coordinator for Washington State from 2003-2008. In his time in Pullman, the Cougars advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice and reached the Sweet 16 in 2008.

A native of Mercer Island, Wash., Stewart earned his B.S. in Sports Management from Washington State University.


  1. Just the type of coach that UH needs to be on the lookout for. Up and coming coaches that come from good programs that know how to do things right. Hope he can expand our recruiting presence by getting kids from the PNW.

  2. Noah played 10 minutes and scored eight points (1-for-1 from 3-point range), with three rebounds and two steals in a blowout loss to the Celtics. Kudos to the Golden State staff for allowing 16 players to see the floor. Think it was their last game in this summer league.

  3. Guessing no excitement on this hire until we start hearing about recruits

  4. Props to the Golden State coaching staff credit for giving the rookies exposure. Noah started today, played 27 minutes and finished with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal in a win over the Clippers. He shot 3-for-6, including 2-for-4 from 3-point range, and made 3 of 4 free throws.

  5. Road games to be given more emphasis by the NCAA in 2018-19.
    ” For years, many programs have manipulated their nonconference résumés by facing solid opponents at home and avoiding road matchups against quality teams before conference play. ” ( ESPN article, July 14)

  6. Mid-Term per HSA:

    …”The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Mate Colina selected UH over Saint Mary’s — a West Coast Conference school known for regularly picking up some of the best Aussie players. While there was other interest, those were the only schools he took official visits to, he said.”

  7. Likely to redshirt this coming season, per Brian.


  9. Besides Mate, there was a player listed in the article below named Indiana Faithfull and one named Lat Mayen.
    Mate Colina
    One of the biggest bodies at the Combine combined with a solid skill set in the post for a post player, Colina was another CoE representative at the Combine.
    Showing great positioning and hustle, Colina was the leading rebounder for the Combine both when it came to averages and total figures.
    In addition to this, he showed solid touch from the free throw line making 80%, which was the best of any player with at least 10 attempts across all games.
    Keep an eye out for the Victorian pivot in years to come as he continues his development.

  10. anderpops:
    ” Although Owies transferred out to Seattle University this offseason, UH has another Aussie on the roster in junior forward Jack Purchase.
    “I do know Jack. We’re good friends from back home,” Colina said.
    “I’m actually best friends with his first cousin. I saw (Jack) around a lot and it’ll be great to meet over with him. Great guy.”
    (staradvertiser, 7/16/17)

  11. islandman, thanks for sharing.

  12. this will benefit ido a lot being able to bang with someone just as big as him everyday at practice

  13. Redshirt? We only have one true big in Ido. If Colina can rebound that’s good reason to play him this year. Unless Ganot is going small ball. Wonder if his 80% free throw shooting could one day translate into a good shooter?

  14. Redshirt makes sense since he won’t join the team til mid-year due to the different school schedules in Australia. It will likely take him time to learn the system and acclimate to the pace of basketball at the D1 level. No need to rush him into action and burn a year.

  15. Ok. Looks like the only position up for grabs is point between Buggs and Stepteau. Although Green is the favorite for shooter Stallworth should give him a run for his money. Regardless who starts it’s nice to have capable backups. Something we were short on last year. Wonder if Stallworth might be considered a candidate at point?

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