ADIDAS HOOPS CLINIC PRESENTED BY HAWAIIAN AIRLINES
The EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Tournament, Chaminade University, adidas and Hawaiian Airlines are working together to create and host basketball related clinics throughout the Hawaiian islands. The overall clinic goals are to promote the fundamentals of the game and to offer educational opportunities to learn from qualified, collegiate coaches and administrators. There are two types of clinics that will be conducted this fall: coaches and kids. Additionally, clinics for officials will take place on a tri-annual basis; 2012 was an off-year.
COACHES CLINICS: Provides an educational opportunity for local island basketball coaches to learn playing techniques, coaching skills and overall management styles from successful former Division I NCAA basketball coaches and current D-II Chaminade University coaches. In 2012, the four coaches were: Chaminade head men's basketball coach Eric Bovaird, women's basketball coach Bobby Keanini, Tournament Chairman David Odom and former head coach Bobby Cremmins. The 2013 "guest coach" will be announced at a later date.
Meet the Coaches
Chaminade University Men's Basketball Coach
Eric Bovaird entered his second season as the head coach of the Chaminade Men's Basketball program. Boavaird upset Texas in the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational and continues to bring an exciting style of basketball to the Division II Silverswords. Before coming to Oahu, Bovaird served as the assistant coach at West Liberty University in West Virginia for the past seven years where the team recorded a 175-40 won-loss record - one of the top records over the past five years in the NCAA Division II level. The 2010-11 Hilltoppers were ranked No. 1 in the nation for the final two months of the season and reeled off 33 consecutive wins before the loss to BYU-Hawaii in the national semifinals. With four 1,000-point scorers in the starting lineup, West Liberty averaged more than 111 ppg. and shattered the previous NCAA Division II single-season scoring record by nearly 200 points. The Hilltoppers also became the first NCAA Division II team ever to make more than 500 3-point field goals in a single season. West Liberty has led the nation in scoring in six of the last seven years and has been ranked in the NCAA Division II as one of the top 20 teams nationally in five of the past six years.
Chaminade University Women's Basketball Coach
Keanini enters his fifth year at the helm of the Chaminade Women's Basketball program. The former Roosevelt High School girls’ basketball head coach brings a wealth of experience to the Silverswords program. Keanini served as the head girls’ basketball coach at Roosevelt from 1992-2007. During that time, his teams made seven state tournament appearances with a Division II State Championship and a Division I State runner up finish. He was named OIA Eastern Division Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 while also garnering Division II State Coach of the Year accolades in 2004.
Tournament Chairman, EA SPORTS Maui Invitational
David Odom is entering his fifth year as Tournament Chairman of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. Odom is well-known to the college basketball world, with a career that spans more than 30 years and garnered him three NIT Tournament Championships, two ACC Tournament Championships and one ACC Regular Season Championship. He served as head coach for East Carolina, Wake Forest and South Carolina and was named ACC Coach of the Year three times (1991, 1994, 1995 while at Wake Forest) and SEC Coach of the Year in 2004 at South Carolina. Odom is no stranger to the Hawaiian islands. By quirky coincidence, Odom was on the bench as an assistant coach for Virginia in 1982 when the team was defeated by Chaminade in what became known as "The Greatest Upset in College Basketball History." That game was the inspiration for what is now the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational.
GUEST COACH - TBA
KIDS CLINICS: Offers basketball skills programs to deserving kids throughout Hawaii in clinics designed to share the joy of the game of basketball while supporting the Hawaii Foodbank. The Chaminade University men’s & women's basketball program will work with kids on skills, drills, dribbling, passing and shooting.
Chaminade men's basketball coach Eric Bovaird shares his basketball knowledge with nearly 100 kids on Sat., Sept. 17 at the Spalding House in Honolulu