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Warrior Beat: Rolovich completes Hawaii football staff

By Stephen Tsai on May 20, 2019

Nick Rolovich completed his coaching staff with the hiring of Johnnie Mack as a quality-control coach for offense. Mack will work under receivers coach Andre Allen. Allen coached Mack at City College of San Francisco in 2000 and 2001. After that, Mack was a running back and kickoff returner at Texas Tech under Mike Leach. Several years later, Mack, who was living in Dallas at the time, joined SMU as a strength/conditioning assistant. At the time, former UH head coach […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii athletics graduation day

By Stephen Tsai on May 11, 2019

Three former UH basketball players — Sheriff Drammeh, Brocke Stepteau and Jack Purchase — earned degrees today and are ready for the next phase of their lives. Drammeh has reached an agreement with a sports agency in Europe and is expected to play professionally over there. Purchase is headed back to his native Australia to audition for the professional league over there. The free-agent period is coming up. Stepteau is exploring options in basketball and music. He is accompanying Purchase […]

Dick Tomey was a coach, and not just of football players

By Dave Reardon on May 11, 2019

Back when I was a teen and allowed to be a fan out of sheer loyalty, or whatever other reason I wanted, Dick Tomey, who passed away last night, was my coach. He was not my coach as in playing for him, of course, but as in me rooting for his team. Same with Les Murakami and Dave Shoji. The teams they coached at the University of Hawaii when I was in high school here, and then later when I […]

Hawaii football: Former coach Dick Tomey dies at 80

By Brian McInnis on May 11, 2019

Former University of Hawaii football coach Dick Tomey died on Friday night at age 80, causing a cascade of condolences, reflection and tributes spanning social media. First up were some memories from the Warrior Beat’s Stephen Tsai. Here’s some others from Twitter: Football coach Dick Tomey, one of UH's most beloved coaches, died in Arizona Friday night, the family announced. He had been battling lung cancer. Tomey had a 63-46-3 record at UH from 1977-'86 where he revitalized the football […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football adds California prep pass rusher Mark Blocker

By Stephen Tsai on May 10, 2019

The top pass rusher from California’s 2A state championship team is joining the Warriors. Mark Blocker of Lawndale High (Inglewood, Calif.) announced it on Twitter this morning and confirmed his decision during an interview with the Warrior Beat today. Here’s the skinny: > Blocker is 6-3, 230 pounds. He played D-end in Lawndale’s 4-3 and outside linebacker in the 3-4. He’s expected to compete at hybrid end for the Warriors. > He attended Downey High in L.A. through his junior […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii athletics all about the keiki on Thursday

By Stephen Tsai on May 9, 2019

In a state surrounded by water, it’s always refreshing to see UH’s coaches wade into the community to volunteer their time for a worthy cause. Once again, the Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine helped sell Keiki Day newspapers to raise funds for Parents and Children Together (PACT).

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football gets commit from Kamehameha end

By Stephen Tsai on May 8, 2019

As a birthday present to his mother, Kamehameha’s Ezra Evaimalo announced his oral commitment to accept a 2020 football scholarship from the Rainbow Warriors. “Basically, I tried to pay her back,” Evaimalo told the Warrior Beat today. “It doesn’t add to up what she’s done for me.” Evaimalo, a junior, said he is 6 feet 2 and 225 pounds. He will play a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position for Kamehameha during his senior season this fall. As a 2020 recruit, […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football graduate assistant impressed

By Stephen Tsai on May 7, 2019

It’s UH’s final-exam week, but Rafael Aguilar already has earned high marks for his football work this spring. Aguilar was hired as a graduate assistant to replace Numi Lolohea, who joined Tennessee as a GA. “We were worried about the timing of losing Numi, but we were really blessed to get Rafael,” defensive coordinator Corey Batoon said. Aguilar coached on both sides of the line at American River College. In 2018, he was ARC’s assistant offensive line coach/offensive and special […]