McNamara helped build baseball program

College recruiting is difficult, and college baseball recruiting is bonkers. A school has to:

> Out-recruit other schools;

> Hope that a commitment does not receive a too-good-to-pass-up offer from the major leagues;

> Find a player who is willing to pay up to 75 percent of his own tuition/expenses to play. (A Division I school must spread the equivalent of 11.7 scholarships over 27 players, with 25 percent of a scholarship as the minimum per player.)

> A player must meet NCAA eligibility requirements a full semester before the season (in other words, no mid-season additions).

All of which means that assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Rusty McNamara’s departure is a huge loss to the UH baseball program. McNamara’s wife has accepted a job in Italy. While McNamara said he will miss working with coach Mike Trapasso, the staff and the players, his family welcomes the opportunity to live three years in Italy.

McNamara, who has spent the past 7 1/2 years with the ‘Bows, has been instrumental in building what is expected to be a competitive team this coming season. The ‘Bows also have 10 recruits signed for the 2019 season.

“Coach Trap is amazing to work for,” McNamara said. “He runs a great, clean program. I was happy to be a part of it. … I expect nothing but great things from these guys.”


  1. burro sabio December 9, 2017 1:17 pm

    Wake up everyone, it’s a sunny Saturday

  2. islandman December 9, 2017 1:17 pm

    Does beach volleyball have a minimum 25 % scholarship per player ?
    Maybe not.
    Besides the above listed baseball recruiting difficulties, UH has to compete against the California based Big West teams for those players that are not covered by the 11.7 scholarships or are only partially covered. The other schools’ in-state tuition is less than out of state tuition at UH, even with the Western Exchange program , meaning the other schools can fill their rosters with California players that have to pay less than if they attend UH.

  3. al December 9, 2017 1:28 pm

    #2. Beach volley ball is limited to 6 full scholarships.
    I suppose they may be divided like baseball..

  4. winning December 9, 2017 1:37 pm

    In reference, Levon Largusa had tremendous potential. He allegedly became dissatisfied with changes made by coaching in his pitching motion. He consequently left. That was a start in UH’s decline, and also when Coop Derenne, UH’s chief recruiter, left as well. Cant remember in what order they left.

  5. winning December 9, 2017 1:47 pm

    Hope our coaches can recruit! It will be tough as they lack name recognition and experience in their position. I’m sure their pitch is “you can help us right away”. I think that may the only way they will get better recruits or that their parents love em.

  6. islandman December 9, 2017 2:06 pm

    Regarding previous day’s posts on dollars to support the program. Seems the available dollars are less these days from the middle class fans due to people trying to keep up with the cost of living and the rising cost of housing, etc. Those dollars could also go to such things as United Aloha Way,etc. to assist the homeless which keep increasing every week.

  7. ai-eee-soos December 9, 2017 2:52 pm

    Oregon’s new HC: Mario Cristobal.

    He was Oregon’s offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator this past year.

    He might be looking for an OL coach, Hope Rolo can land an OL coach.

  8. Jay December 9, 2017 2:56 pm

    Please give your prayers and thoughts to former Warrior Ivin Jasper and his family.
    Related to today’s Army vs Navy football game, (Ivin Jasper is an Assistant Coach and Ken Niumatalolo is the head coach of Navy).There is an emotionally moving story on the ESPN website regarding Ivin’s young son waiting to get a new heart.

  9. Honu888 December 9, 2017 3:22 pm

    If my old brain serves me correctly, Didn’t Lavon suffer an injury when he and the third baseman collided going for a infield pop up? I can’t remember if it was his hand or not but I remember he wasn’t the same after returning to the lineup. I didn’t know the coaches was trying to change his delivery but remember he had a real over the top throwing motion.

  10. PCjay December 9, 2017 3:29 pm

    Please give your thoughts to former Warrior Ivin Jasper and his son. There was a heartwarming story on the ESPN website in relation to today’s Army-Navy game.

  11. Hapaguy December 9, 2017 4:35 pm

    I take issue with the headline of this article. MacNamara didn’t help “build” anything. COACH LES BUILT this once proud program. All MacNamara did was help maintain the mediocrity of the Coach Trapasso era.

  12. Na Alii Pride December 9, 2017 6:41 pm

    #4- Levon Largusa was my roommate in college. While he may have been unhappy with coaches trying to change is pitching delivery, he ultimately left because he was drafted by Toronto after his junior season.

  13. cappie the dog December 9, 2017 9:13 pm

    Hawaii returns three starters, their closer, and a good nucleus of freshman who could actually play.

    I think that’s what ST meant.

    McNamara leaves the program in good shape.

    I think next year’s team will be picked to finish second or third in the Big West.

    Kolten Wong, Greg Garcia, David Freitas, Steven Wright.

    Spring training rosters: Esteban Lopez, Jonathan Hee, Breland Almadova, Vinnie Catricala.

    Kean Wong and Jake Bauers are probably going to make the Devil Rays squad in the upcoming season. It would seem the guy can recruit a little.

    Three post-season appearances. (If Steven Wright didn’t contact mononucleosis, who knows?)

    Mike Trapasso is coaching in a different era.

    Hawaii’s baseball program is mediocre, but I think it could be a whole lot worse.

  14. cappie the dog December 9, 2017 9:19 pm

    Can Drew Buggs play the two?

    I like Stepteau.

    Maybe not. I remember Tony Sellito saying on-air, mind you, that there is no such thing as a hybrid guard.

  15. cappie the dog December 10, 2017 5:38 am

    I mean combo guard.

  16. Stephen Tsai December 10, 2017 7:32 am

    New post:

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