The deal was finalized today to officially hire Corey Batoon as the Warriors’ defensive coordinator.
> Experience: He has coached for 26 years, the past year as Florida Atlantic’s co-defensive coordinator. He also coached at Mississippi. At 49, Batoon will be the oldest member of the UH coaching staff. That’s important because it means he knows a prospect’s father or uncle.
> Recruiting: Nick Rolovich praised Batoon’s diligence in recruiting. Rolo has known about Batoon for about 10 years. When Rolo was at Nevada, o-line coach Darrin Hiller spoke highly of Batoon. Hiller and Batoon are friends.
> Answers: The word on the street is Batoon is a problem solver. That’s key because games don’t always go according to script. He also has a background coaching different defensive fronts.
> Local ties: Batoon’s father is Sol Batoon, a long-time Hawaii coach.
Batoon also is a Saint Louis School graduate. He will be the third Crusader on the staff, joining quarterbacks coach/pass-game coordinator Craig Stutzmann, and defensive backs coach Jacob Yoro.