UH close to hiring new coaches

The Warriors are getting close to filling the three coaching vacancies — offensive line, defensive line and receivers.

At the American Football Coaches Association’s convention this past week in North Carolina, Nick Rolovich interviewed eight defensive line coaches on Monday and six O-line coaches on Tuesday.

Rolovich termed it a “great convention.”

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If you’re following the Sony Open and reading this blog, that means you like golf and are interested in UH.

And that means, you should listen to JoJo and sign up for the UH School of Architecture Alumni Association’s 25th Scholarship Golf Tournament. It will be Friday, March 23, at the Pearl Country Club. There will be plenty of food, fun and prizes.

Here’s the info: Golf Tourney


  1. A-House January 12, 2018 11:32 am

    Yea! Yea!

  2. Na Alii Pride January 12, 2018 11:35 am

    A-house from the previous post, Banker is AHC and LB. Batoon has only been listed as DC, and with a 10th coach, it could be that he doesn’t have to coach a position. But nothing’s been announced (although maybe soon), so I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned.

  3. A-House January 12, 2018 11:40 am

    every so often a particular lady comes into our exercise location – first thing you notice is her height — she must be 6’7″ or taller and very attractive

  4. Stephen Tsai January 12, 2018 11:40 am

    Smith is associate head coach/offensive coordinator
    Banker is assistant head coach/linebackers coach
    Batoon is defensive coordinator
    Stutzmann is quarterbacks coach/pass-game coordinator
    Yoro coaches the safeties
    Elimimian coaches the cornerbacks
    Chaudhari is special teams coordinator/d-end coach

  5. A-House January 12, 2018 11:43 am

    Na Alii Pride:

    advantage to a “dual” position coach is more “mullah” to spread around to all the coaches except HC

    could work for UH!

  6. jm2375 January 12, 2018 11:52 am

    MVB schedule change due to bad weather in Nashville – today’s game postponed to Sunday, so they’ll play 2 games on Sunday (Grand Canyon & Lincoln Memorial).

  7. Stephen Tsai January 12, 2018 11:57 am

    Ah, two of my favorite tourist destinations: Grand Canyon and Lincoln Memorial.

  8. MattyBoy January 12, 2018 12:15 pm

    Smith? OC? Not another Chow-offense year. Please! Don’t let him call his boring, conservative plays! He’s so predictable and stubborn.

  9. burro sabio January 12, 2018 12:18 pm

    It’s after 12:00 so time for some whine

  10. H-Man January 12, 2018 12:28 pm

    Brian Smith has too much on his plate.

  11. DaveLetterMan January 12, 2018 12:29 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!
    ST, isn’t Smith RB coach also?

  12. Akamai Okole January 12, 2018 12:52 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    All the Talking Heads are being so dismissive of Tennessee’s chances tomorrow.

    Remember the Titans!


  13. BigWave96744 January 12, 2018 1:19 pm

    I thought Rolo was going to change the coach staff’s roles. I see the returning coaches coaching the same positions.

    Our offense resembled the new helmets and current uniforms. Dull and boring.

    Our special teams was REALLY bad in all phases. I hope they can learn from Banker and not rely on the old bread like last year.

    At least Batoon and Banker bring fresh air and wealth of experience to the defense

  14. Na Alii Pride January 12, 2018 1:35 pm

    #5 – yup, good point. Gotta look under the cushions of the sofa when you’re UH!

    #13 – I agree special teams were awful! The year before they were decent because they had Rigo.

  15. haka January 12, 2018 1:44 pm

    #9 It’s like being in Napa Valley.

  16. A-House January 12, 2018 1:50 pm

    if Rolo decides to keep Brian Smith as OC/play caller — sorry, but it will be another boring and possibility losing season — lordy, lord, lord!!!

    how sad!!! — big tear drops, big tear drops

    and totally agree with all who posted that “special teams” play in 2017 was nearly awful – really awful — especially the punting — and Rigo did make a huge difference in 2016 and now free agent punter for Indy ( is this correct? )

  17. islandman January 12, 2018 1:51 pm

    Special teams was not all awful. They blocked some kicks I think and no big punt returns.

  18. A-House January 12, 2018 1:51 pm


    weather so bad that players and fans could not make it to the “arena”?

    hope our players and coaches keep safe and healthy!

  19. haka January 12, 2018 2:17 pm

    From a coaching perspective, criticism is part of the playing field. Win or go home. It’s performance based for sure, but sometimes it takes some understanding and time. Take the hiring process for Coach Rolo in completing his staff. He’s not in a position to call his first choice and say, “How much you like brah?”. It’s a lot easier to fill a position when you have the money. Everyone wants the big fish, but not everyone has a boat. Make a hasty choice that doesn’t work out and everyone questions your judgement. Take too long and everyone questions your ability to close the deal. Either way, “No can win.”. Coach Banker and Coach Batoon, on paper, seem to be great hires and I am sure they are helping with the remaining hires. Hires that will be named very soon I am sure. Will it all work out? Only time will tell who will be the catch of the day.

    Go Warriors!

  20. jm2375 January 12, 2018 2:59 pm

    A-house: 2 inches of snow and icy roads in a city not used to snow/ice.

  21. Island Visitor January 12, 2018 3:06 pm

    Maybe its time to try the other punter !!

  22. Haleakala January 12, 2018 3:13 pm

    i have to agree with the prior comments today and before regarding this past season’s offense. Friends and relatives who are long time season ticket holders have all complained that the offense was too predictable and boring there needs to be a new offensive attitude and schemes that will help to rejuvenate the team as well as the fans. The fans will lose interest if the offense is too predictable. They want to see different plays even if they don’t always work. Change the players if necessary. Sometimes the interest of the fans need to be considered. After all, who helps to pay the bills. I am not one to complain. However this has been on my mind and I am reminded of it when I talk to some others who are at each and every game.

  23. Aaron January 12, 2018 3:19 pm

    irks me how people use “mullah” instead of “moolah” when talking about the slang term for money. A mullah is a muslim teacher.

  24. ai-eee-soos January 12, 2018 3:26 pm

    Is this the same guy who used to coach here?

    Cincinnati Bengals: The organization has announced

    Daronte Jones as cornerbacks coach.

  25. islandman January 12, 2018 3:30 pm

    UH Special teams tied for 6th in NCAA Div I with 5 blocked kicks this past season.
    Punt return defense was 70th out of 129 teams, allowing 7.4 yds per punt return. No punt return TD’s allowed ( 58 total punts).
    2 kickoff return TD’s allowed.

  26. Ipu Man January 12, 2018 5:44 pm

    All in all, UH boys played with what God given talents they had.
    Statistics prove that. It just sad that not enough wins resulted.
    Penalties. Bad refereeing. The other team played better.
    The other coaches out coached us. And then that on side kick
    that no one expected except all of us and Bobby Curran and staff.

  27. Ipu Man January 12, 2018 5:51 pm

    Snow sissies. I remember riding on a team bus in a blizzard heading to a town as a member of our high school basketball team in Wisconsin, with coach driving an old stick shift bus. We asked him
    how he could see the road. He said as long as he could see the telephone poles, we should be ok…
    Eventually, we spun around but never turned over or into a ditch–because at the time our chaplain was leading us in The Lord’s Prayer.

  28. seewhy January 12, 2018 8:12 pm

    RE: #23 ai-eee-soos

    That’s him! Prior to being hired at Cincinnati, he was coaching the Miami Dolphins secondary. Before that, he spent a season with the Wisconsin Badgers. Glad to see he’s moving on up.

  29. amela January 12, 2018 8:41 pm

    Is handing off the ball and throwing into the flats boring? Any QB could do that if running wasn’t an option.

  30. Paniolo January 12, 2018 9:03 pm

    There is one terrific Defensive coordinator Hawaii has ever had – Bob Wagner who was the DC under Hawaii Rainbow head coach Dick Tomey. Since Bob Wagner, all the Hawaii football DCs were failures.
    One year we could not stop the end runs. Other years no pressure on the opponent QBs. Our Warrior football defense has been soooobad that even during game time the opponent will always go on 4th down, for a few yards or 10 yards for a first down. They know Hawaii had a very poor defense.
    Will all see what the new Defensive Coordinator whoever that be, can do to change that….

  31. Bondancr January 12, 2018 9:09 pm

    New coaches will bring positives changes. I was guilty of always leaving during 3rd quarter.

  32. tom-warriornation January 12, 2018 9:10 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 292 donors, so only 1708 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
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    Mahalo, and pls share this with all of your fellow fans.

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


    ps: Awaiting great news on the remaining coaching hires!

  33. Captain Ron January 12, 2018 10:04 pm

    I read here all the talk about how bad our offense/defense/special teams have always been. REALLY?? I actually remember some very good teams in each aspect of the game. But then, my memory isn’t the greatest.

    I’m not a die hard fan anymore. What I mean is my week used to be very good, or very bad, depending on how UH played the previous game. I would grumble all week, or until the next game. I finally realized that I didn’t get to have any control over how they played, so I let go of the frustration and directed more attention to the things in my life that I have more control over. I realized that the players are full-time students and part-time football players. And they seemed to be doing the best they could. And none of the coaches wanted to lose, so I figured they did the best they could too. Doesn’t mean I always agreed with them but I remembered 2 things: I don’t know what they know so it’s hard for me to second guess their decisions, and they are human and can also make mistakes.

    This blog is a place where all are allowed and encouraged to express their opinions, and I hope it stays that way. But some of you are such “negative nellie’s” when you suspect things won’t be done the way you think they should. How many of you really predicted and expected the team to do as well as they did Rolo’s first season? I know we all hoped for it, but how many really believed it ahead of the season? The point, maybe support and encourage rather than being critical. And be willing to be surprised how well they do.

    And about the offense being boring and demanding a change. I suspect almost all fans would care less about the play selection if it is working. I liked JJ’s offense, but I also liked Tomey’s and Wagner’s. I like it if it works. I’d rather have a “boring” win than an “exciting” loss any day.

  34. BigWave96744 January 12, 2018 10:29 pm

    Wagner’s offense was no where near boring.

  35. suckkabooya January 13, 2018 1:14 am

    Once coach Rolovich resolves the offensive line issues (O line coach, Depth) we’ll need a much bigger bandwagon. Especially if he gets a home run hire and another good sized recruit.

  36. Akamai Okole January 13, 2018 5:10 am

    Great Morning All!


    The last crew left none…zero, zilch, nada.

    Enter this gang with a short recruiting season and its results in Year One (the Smoke and Mirror Campaign)

    Year Two brought with it a full season of game film for oppo research and untimely injuries that exposed the lack of depth and eliminated the benefits of smoke and mirrors.

    Where does depth help/hurt the most? Special teams.

    On to Year Three…

    ( Remember the Titans)

  37. Old School Dave January 13, 2018 7:11 am

    I remember UH fans calling for Paul Johnson to resign or be canned when he was OC (too many running plays). Fans used to yell stuff at him when he and the other UH coaches would go up to the press box before and after games. Once, when a fan yelled at him to leave UH, Johnson calmly turned and replied, “Maybe I will.” He later left to take the OC job at Navy.

    Sometimes, UH fans don’t know what they want.

  38. al January 13, 2018 7:33 am

    Ah, must have been one of the blind mice got out of its cage.

  39. A-House January 13, 2018 7:50 am

    spelling of words which sounds the same is interesting

    here — hear dye — die there — dare —- and they all have different meaning

    forward and onward! get them coaches on board!!!!

  40. Old School Dave January 13, 2018 7:58 am

    Whatever happened to the Stanford QB transfer who got busted in a Chinatown Gambling house raid during Von Appen’s run?

    Looks like option football may be coming to the Pac-12 with Arizona offering the HC job to Kenny N?

  41. Sharkcam January 13, 2018 8:38 am

    What about former UH center and local lineman camp guru Brian Derby for O-line coach? He has the experience, track record and connections to all the top lineman in the islands.

  42. al January 13, 2018 8:41 am

    39. What????
    Have you gone blind?

  43. burro sabio January 13, 2018 8:43 am

    #40 – if his name is not committed to memory he wasn’t significant. But do you mean Tim Carey?

    Kenny not going IMO. BYU was his dream job and he passed.

  44. burro sabio January 13, 2018 8:44 am

    Relax al hahahaha

  45. clyde January 13, 2018 9:11 am

    Hope there weren’t any recruits in town. The false-alarm alert is now national news.

  46. islandman January 13, 2018 9:37 am

    How many thought it was a real alert, at least for a few moments ?

  47. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2018 9:39 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=45289

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