Coach classes

Most of the UH coaches, including Nick Rolovich, departed yesterday for Charlotte for the four-day American Football Coaches Association’s convention that begins today.

There are more than 6,000 attendees for what is considered to be an important gathering to learn, network and exchange ideas.

After returning to Hawaii at the end of the week, Rolovich is expected to fill the final three slots on his coaching staff — at offensive line, defensive line and receivers.


  1. Rusty Riguerra January 7, 2018 11:46 am


  2. azwarrior22 January 7, 2018 11:47 am

    Eagerly awaiting the rest of the coaching hires.

  3. Pete Jek January 7, 2018 11:49 am

    Any chance of getting Dave Aranda as DL coach?

    Kidding, of course…

  4. H-Man January 7, 2018 12:27 pm

    Someone mentioned Brian Derby previously. That would be a nice choice. Also anxiously awaiting update of any new commits.

  5. suckkabooya January 7, 2018 12:32 pm

    Its hard to justify using Public Funds for housing Professors/Coaches in these unsure economic times here. Public funding for Doctors makes more sense. Easier to justify. Perhaps they should lobby Boosters and Donors to make what seems to be a logical investment. Any company that would benefit from a better educated, more polished and prepared Student/Athlete in any sector should take a hard look at it. The State is always going to be short sighted when it comes to things like this but the “Public” even worse, always looking out for their own self interest. Human Nature. Once UH Football starts winning they can lobby with some leverage. For now its pay your taxes, then “pit of misery”. Dilly Dilly.

  6. ai-eee-soos January 7, 2018 12:45 pm

    The coaches convention is also a jobs fair.

    Hope the fishing is good.

  7. jm2375 January 7, 2018 12:49 pm

    #4 – you’d be surprised at how low the salaries are for new Asst Profs and asst coaches (excluding FB & MBB).

  8. cappie the dog January 7, 2018 1:17 pm

    I know. I know.

    You’re dying to know how Megan Huff is doing at Utah.

    Huff hit a three to bring the Utes within a possession against Washington State.

    Then she dished an assist to tie the game at 77.

    Utah wins 81-79.

    Isaac Fleming, on the other hand, is playing on a team that in all likelihood will finish last.

    He has some high turnover games.

  9. al January 7, 2018 3:58 pm

    Brian derby is an excellent technique coach. However, what about the other admin duties and recruiting stuff?

    Perhaps as a grad asst?

  10. tom-warriornation January 7, 2018 5:38 pm

    Can you help me reach my goal by making a $25 donation to the UH Foundation Fund I created for UH Football recruiting–see below link. If 2000 fans do this, we will raise $50,000. So far, I got 250 donors, 1750 more to go–each donor spot represents $25.

    After donating, text me your name to 415-324-0585 so I can add it below (if you don’t mind):

    1. Tom Kitaguchi
    2. Joel Gushikuma
    3. Michelle Houlihan (mom of Ben Scruton #36)
    4. Timothy Ho
    5. Jeffrey Domdoma
    6. Toni & Chris Martines
    7. D. Ng
    8. Tom Mui
    9. Glenn Okada
    10. J Sakai
    11. W Stallworth
    12. Daniel Ng
    13. Dean Shimabukuro
    14. Dave Mutter
    15. Aaron Avilla
    16. Tammy Hadden (mom of former K Tyler Hadden)
    17. E Hananoki
    18. Scott Isara
    19. C Kobashigawa
    20. J Nanya
    21. Daniel Ng
    22. Glenn Okada
    23. Mike Perry (brother of Fred Ulu-Perry’s grandpa)
    24. D Rutt
    25. E Scott
    26. Keith Sherman
    27. E Stallworth
    28. H Takahashi
    29. E Stalwart
    30. Rick Santana
    31. Glen Iwamoto
    32. Graham McConnell
    33. C Kuniyuki
    34. Gerald Ushijima
    35. Barbara Heiking
    36. Curtis Sano
    37. M Yuen
    38. Al Kimura
    39. Dave Mutter
    40. Andrew Uffman
    41. Wayne Miyasato
    42. Garret Okamoto
    43. Neal Morisato
    44. Stevie Kiyosaki
    45. Carey Adachi
    46. Brian Koji
    47-50. Harold Imai $100
    51. Jeff Duva, first QB for Dick Tomey 1977-78
    52. David Kam
    53. J Aniya
    54-57. William & Ramona Stutzmann $100
    58. Greg Cummins, first punter for Dick Tomey 1977-78
    59. Wayne Coito
    60-64. Tom Kitaguchi $125
    65-66. Timothy Ho $50
    67-70. Daniel Ng $100
    71-74. Dave Mutter $100, former OL in 1970’s & biggest supporter of all former players
    75-76. Rick Santana $50
    77-80. Gil Horita
    81-96. anonymous
    97-98. Chad Sanborn $50
    99-102. Tom Kitaguchi $100
    103-104. Herb Ho $50
    105. Gary Tokumori
    106-107. Leburta Kanno $50
    108-109. Milton Gibo $50
    110. Tyler Siu
    111. Ipu Man
    112. Lesley Torres
    113-114. Ross Shiraki $50, UHM ’80
    115-119. Tom Kitaguchi $125
    120-121. Scott Simon
    122. Roger Simon
    123. Jarin Simon
    124-127. Gerald Ushijima $100
    128. Eric Saruwatari
    129. John Amaki
    130-134. Glen Morisato $100
    135-136. anonymous
    137. L & T Afusia
    138. Gregg Isara
    139. Grant Tanimoto
    140. Roger Ikeda
    141. David Oride
    142-151. Rick Nakashima $250

    152-191. $1000 from Water Controls Inc. of Maui
    192. Desmond Ogata
    193. Carol E. Ogata
    194. Gwen Martin
    195-204. Pat Rogers $250
    205-208. Rich Yamane $100
    209-210. Rick Ikemoto $50
    211. Garret Yamanaka
    212-237. Tom Kitaguchi $650
    237-240. Ed Tamura $100
    241. W Figueira
    242. Shilene Matautia (mom of our star LB Solomon #27)
    243-244. C. Y.
    245. Ed McIntosh
    246. Bob Medeiros
    247-250. Tom Kitaguchi

    Mahalo, and pls share this with all of your fellow fans.

    Tom Kitaguchi, founder of Hawaii Football Warrior Nation Facebook group (over 3050 members)

  11. KOH I NOR January 7, 2018 5:40 pm

    Who was the other coaches that replaced Legi Suianoa at DL coach? Cory Batoon will be the special teams coach. Former Hawai’i man. How do you know the coaches is the missing component to their defensive woes? Truthfully.

  12. KOH I NOR January 7, 2018 5:46 pm

    Is this from the UH funds or did the bank set it up just for UH and the HTA bylaws on the Hawai’i Bowl every year?

    1. Promote tourist spending 2. Media coverage 3. Promote good will relations in Hawai’i.

    And your part to UH athletics is…

  13. KOH I NOR January 7, 2018 5:53 pm

    They use tuitions and fees for building and maintenance cost, for lower and upper campus dormitory rooms. Through loans and grants.

    Players and coaches

  14. KOH I NOR January 7, 2018 5:58 pm

    I cannot see how a suburban resident can pay off the loans for their son/daughter, playing at UH. All I see is claiming chapter 11, bankruptcy on a personal basis. At the bank and court rooms. The player after four years of playing sports will have no means to repay the loans.

  15. KOH I NOR January 7, 2018 6:06 pm

    Alohilani Waikiki Resort is hiring for banquet captains, for the banquet functions. Maybe the football players can apply for a job if they need more income and not file for chapter 11. This being after their sports career is over.


  16. KOH I NOR January 7, 2018 6:11 pm

    I don’t want to support UH athletics by donations. Find your own funds yourselves.

    A lot of people feel this way.

  17. burro sabio January 7, 2018 6:47 pm

    Either stop taking drugs, or listen to the nurses and take your medication.

  18. Abunai January 7, 2018 6:50 pm


    Batoon is the DC not special teams coach.

  19. ai-eee-soos January 7, 2018 7:36 pm

    our opening day opponent …

    Navy defensive line coach Shaun Nua

    will coach the defensive line at Arizona State,

    according to Sun Devil Source.

  20. 808WarriorFan January 7, 2018 7:44 pm

    #14 & 15 … KOH I NOR … I guess you’re not a UH Rainbow Warrior Fan …


  21. ai-eee-soos January 7, 2018 7:50 pm

    anyone you know looking for a DB job- pays 132+K.

    Nevada plans to interview candidates for the Safeties Coach,

    the next couple of weeks.

    ” Alignment and Assignment “

  22. amela January 7, 2018 8:58 pm

    Koh I Nor or whatever, you can’t file bankruptcy for student loans unless you’re a friend of the President then you don’t need to pay anything back.

  23. Coach DB January 7, 2018 10:15 pm

    #20 I’ll take it!!!

  24. Old School Dave January 7, 2018 10:17 pm

    I wasn’t aware of this story regarding SDSU. Sign of the times?

  25. Tempmanoa January 8, 2018 2:59 am

    I am hoping for improvements in the offense even if we do not hire a new coordinator. With new bodies on the OLine and St. Juste gone, it will take time to develop a running game. Hopefully we can add some to the passing game because we will need it as the running game develops.

  26. Tempmanoa January 8, 2018 3:08 am

    Regarding student loans and financing college– this is a real problem for all of us. If you have two kids going to UH, the cost is about $21,000 or more per year. With cost of living in Hawaii– housing for example, UH is unaffordable (community college is an alternative) for many. Talking with some people who are using the HELOC on their homes to pay for college for kids and grandkids (tough for grandparents old enough to have grandkids going to college to borrow against their home with a HELOC that is due in a few years instead of covering their retirement and medical costs).

  27. Popeye January 8, 2018 4:37 am

    Kor I Noa, this post is not for UH Haters. You must be an old BYU fan or a current UNLV fan or; a disgruntled walk on who is a legend in his own mind. Nobody wants to read about your hate, take it elsewhere.

  28. Boolakanaka January 8, 2018 5:37 am

    It’s too bad we couldn’t poach an ex player like this—Kim McCloud to coach receivers who is at Syracuse. Not going to happen, but one can wish…

  29. Akamai Okole January 8, 2018 5:40 am

    Great Morning All!

    Hoping the Coaching Staff left with a solid plan in place for the convention.

    Attending classes; meet and greets; impromptu interviews (both ways)…lots to keep track of.

    I can only hope that Rolo had his “shopping list” well-defined prior to departure.

    The tricky part is always coming home with more than you left with… 😯 :mrgreen: 😈

  30. H-Man January 8, 2018 6:58 am

    Here’s why the offensive side of the team really needs help – Brian Smith is overloaded. I mean severely overloaded. His responsibilities are Associate Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, coach for running backs and tight ends. And for part of last season, he took over the O-line when Chris Naeole left. That’s work for three coaches. Rolo really has his work cut out in having to right the coaching imbalance on offense.

  31. Ipu Man January 8, 2018 7:22 am

    Coach Class: “This is an X.
    And this is an O. This is Dick.
    Run Dick, Run!”

  32. A-House January 8, 2018 7:43 am


    based on your introduction to your “post” — OC is NOT mentioned therefore same OC?

    if so, I do not see any improvement to play calling for 2018 and this could lead to another losing season — play calling needs a ‘strategic’ mind set

  33. JR January 8, 2018 8:07 am


  34. al January 8, 2018 8:40 am

    A house…some things are better not to be disclosed, although, if you follow the bouncing ball the offensive will be revamped towards the more wide open style as was during the last few games. Quite often it was Rolo who took over the play calling. Those two should suggest to you or anyone else that this is the direction we are headed towards.

    The incumbent will land on his feet somewhere.

    While there are 3 more coaching slots, I am thinking that the new dc will have at least one or two more select choices for his staff that could mean more positions to fill.

    Remember assistant coaches typically have a one year contract. That is why there are so many openings everywhere.

  35. Stephen Tsai January 8, 2018 8:44 am

    New post:

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