Warrior Beat: Problem solvers

Josh Omura and Jason Cvercko. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

We all know Pollyannas who just assume that things “take care of themselves”and “everything works out in the end.”

But we all know that’s not how it works. You just can’t close your eyes, make a wish, and problems are solved.

It takes people to make things work out. Two of those fixers are Jason Cvercko and Josh Omura.

When the Warriors had to fill certain positions, Cvercko and Omura initiated the search. And when a couple players did not meet eligibility requirements, they initiated very, very fast searches.

They also work on making sure that recruits know the process does not end on signing day. There are applications to fill, grades and test scores that need to be met, and prepping for life — for many — that is an ocean away.

During the season, they work on travel, practice and game-day accommodations, and dozens of other duties that fall into their area.

Cvercko recently was promoted to chief of staff, a position that comes with a raise but not more free time. Omura is officially an intern, but he has several other responsibilities, including in-house recruiting.

A lot of people deserve credit for the Warriors’ turnaround. Cvercko and Omura are among them.


  1. Chicken Grease December 7, 2018 12:06 pm

    Uh. I would guess Larry Ellison thinks about, well, not just University of Hawaii football, but the entirely of the University of Hawaii system about, oh, let’s round it off, up, and down: about __0__ times a year.

    December 6, 2018 2:10 pm
    Congratulations to Kyler Murray, Oklahoma Sooners QB on winning the Heisman. He beat out Tua Tagovailoa, 39 votes to 13 votes for the national title.
    Oklahoma is looking for their 8th national title.

    Uh. Heisman winner’s team does not normallly win their bowl.

    Can use Hawaii’s own “Ty Detmer” situation.

    You’re all welcome. 🙄

  2. haka December 7, 2018 12:12 pm

    Congrats to the new Chief and mahalo to J & J for all the diligence due!
    Recruit recruit recruit!
    Go Warriors!

  3. haka December 7, 2018 12:14 pm

    I hear Reardon calling for you….

  4. Boolakanaka December 7, 2018 1:07 pm

    Larry Ellison doesn’t give two hoots about UH football and the only football he ever thinks about is an ownership block to a NFL franchise.

  5. A-House December 7, 2018 2:00 pm


    ” in-house ” recruiting means ??? intra-state? on-campus such as other sports?

  6. Da Punchbowl Kid December 7, 2018 2:05 pm

    Thanks to both of them. Having met and worked with Cverko, I can say he’s a really good guy!


  7. kalua pig December 7, 2018 3:36 pm

    who won the golden apron this year?

  8. tom-warriornation December 7, 2018 4:18 pm

    Congrats Cvercko and Omura; we all know that recruiting is the LIFELINE of any football program!

    Got this email from Rolo:
    Received your email from my mom. Can’t tell you how thankful we are for what you have done throughout the years. I would like to pledge $500 to the account. Please put a $50 in the name of all the assistant coaches, I will let them know. Appreciate it.

    Best Wishes and Aloha,
    Nick Rolovich
    Head Football Coach
    University of Hawaii

    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 657 donors ($16,425), so only 1343 more donors to go–each donor spot represents $25.

    After donating, text me your name to 415-324-0585 or email your receipt to: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com

    Mahalo, and pls share this with all of your fellow fans.
    Tom Kitaguchi, founder of Hawaii Football Warrior Nation Facebook group (over 3300 members)


  9. Stephen Tsai December 7, 2018 4:59 pm

    It’s handling the visits.

  10. cappie the dog December 7, 2018 7:02 pm

    Larry Ellison lost a lot of money investing in Theranos.

    The story of Theranos is fascinating.

    Read the book before the Jennifer Lawrence vehicle hits theaters.

  11. madeinhawaii December 7, 2018 7:42 pm

    Josh Pacheco announced that due to high demand, the Orange and Blue sections will be opened for the SoFi Hawaii Bowl!

  12. Akamai Okole December 7, 2018 9:02 pm

    Orange and Blue?

  13. burro sabio December 7, 2018 10:09 pm

    #10 – LOL

  14. roygbivs December 8, 2018 2:16 am

    Every ship has it’s mates
    Thank you dudes!!

    I don’t think we’ll get 30,ooo at the gates – wat a shame ☹️
    I be dea +3 mo rooting fo us guys’

    Hawaii by 13

  15. cappie the dog December 8, 2018 2:35 am

    When I think 40,000+ for every home game, I think Bob Wagner, not June Jones.

    If somebody conducted a study about Hawaii’s ever-shrinking crowds, the sociologist would find a direct correlation with the emergence of technology. The Information Age.

    When I was a JPO, we went to Camp Erdman for three days. We didn’t have I-phones. We weren’t on Twitter. We talked about Chris Gaines. We talked about the 45-second shot clock and the 19’9″ three-point line.

    We were all worried that he would transfer.

    Kaimuki Cue. (Joust was awesome. The objective was to make your ostrich sit on another ostrich to get an egg. You didn’t actually joust anybody.)
    Playing basketball in the gym across from Kaimuki Cue. (We could all hit the three.)
    The cracked seed store in Kaimuki THAT’S STILL OPEN. (Blows my mind every time I pass it.)

    I finally broke down and bought an Iphone. I still care about Hawaii athletics. On my lunch break, I read this blog and try to think of something interesting and appropriate to say when I get home.

    We talked about Glenn Tipton’s game-winning drive against Wisconsin.

  16. Boolakanaka December 8, 2018 7:08 am

    I wouldn’t worry about Ellison’s net worth, north of 50 billion, and in fact, his investment contribution was in the 100million range, while a vast profound sum for us mere mortals, was primarily debt financing, and thus all written off and actually helped his tax position at the end of the year.

  17. islandman December 8, 2018 9:15 am

    14. I like your correlation. Also a correlation between the lower crowds and the increased cost of attending a UH football game. Also the increased cost of living and the increasing homeless compared to say 10 years ago.

  18. Na Alii Pride December 8, 2018 9:32 am

    Cappie – I agree with you that crowds in JJs time were not phenomenal as people suggest. I don’t recall many crowds over 40,000, even in 2007 sugar bowl year.

    But I actually associate huge crowds with Tomeys era. A UH game was an EVENT. I actually think Hawaii fans like good, fierce defense. And they had some great defenses in Tomeys day. They also had a pretty vanilla offense but people still came. I would say in the peak of his era from 1980-85, 40,000 was about the average.

    I always enjoy reading your posts. Keep um coming.

  19. H-Man December 8, 2018 9:33 am

    Back to previous post, re: 20 Lowest HC Football Salaries, I only just checked the link and was really surprised that Nick Rolovich’s is the 3rd lowest in FBS at $400,008, I ask myself, how likely Nick will see a sizeable pay adjustment, not just for himself, but his staff as well? I think highly unlikely. I guess, the old saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” applies. Hawaii might as well withdraw football and just stick with an athletic program like the rest of the Big West schools – no football. That takes care of needing to replace Aloha Stadium. No need. Just tear it down and build housing for homeless.

  20. Boolakanaka December 8, 2018 10:01 am

    As to the Tomey teams – we had no bowl teams – as there was less than a dozen back in the day- we most certainly would have gone bowling with our 9-2 team. The Tomey teams still have produced the most NFL players by a large margin. Yes, the offense was sporadic but as they say—“defense always travels .”

  21. Akamai Okole December 8, 2018 10:53 am

    Great Morning All.

    So why all the debate about a 30,000 seat stadium?

    Not saying we gotta chroway da box…jus get outta eet.

    Oh, and BTW


    59 – 28 Akamai Okole

  22. Akamai Okole December 8, 2018 10:59 am

    We got a problem.

    Wat J & J doing? 😯

  23. Akamai Okole December 8, 2018 11:00 am

    Great motto: Sing Second

  24. islandman December 8, 2018 11:08 am

    17. The average attendance for 2007 was 43,514.
    There were 50,000 sellouts for the Boise St and Washington games. 49,000 for the Fresno St game. Even 37,700 for a game vs Charleston Southern.
    In the Tomey era, prices were cheaper and the cost to attend a game was way less, i assume. Like a i bought a house in H Kai for $128,000 in 1982 and am still in that house.
    Now the prices for housing including rents are way higher. Though wages/pay have increased, not enough for many to keep up. That’s the major reason we have the homeless increasing so much.
    That’s why you may or will not see the 40,000 in the stands and also due to the cost of attending a game nowadays is high.

  25. A-House December 8, 2018 12:55 pm

    watching the Army – Navy game and could not wonder how they transported the entire school to Philly and housing for thousands of cadets/midshipmen

    talk about a logistic headache!!

  26. A-House December 8, 2018 12:56 pm

    cold, windy, rainy in the valley — got all the windows closed nearly tight!!!

  27. Stephen Tsai December 8, 2018 2:07 pm

    I do like the idea of closing the North end zone and moving the band to the sideline during the regular season.
    I also think they should move the student section to under the press box so snarky reporters don’t take pictures of the empty section … every … single … game.

  28. Chicken Grease December 8, 2018 4:05 pm

    Kyler Myrray wins the Heisman.


  29. Chicken Grease December 8, 2018 4:06 pm

    Kyler Murray, that is.

    Hey. They get Tua’s name wrong. 🤪

  30. islandman December 8, 2018 4:33 pm

    Dan Robinson’s daughter, Madelyn is a 5-10 freshman OH for BYU’s volleyball team.

  31. Stephen Tsai December 8, 2018 6:31 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47706

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