Finding Nino

It will be a homecoming of sorts when kicker Nino Alibegic of Independence (Kan.) Community College joins the Warriors as a walk-on this summer.

Alibegic was born in Idaho, moved to Hawaii in the fourth grade, and moved back to Idaho just prior to his freshman year at Rocky Mountain High School.

It was the summer before his senior year when Alibegic and a Rocky Mountain player were kicking around a soccer ball. Head coach Scott Criner asked Alibegic to join the football team. The Grizzlies won Idaho’s 5-A championship in 2015.

The following year, Alibegic and his half-brother, defensive tackle Tristan Nichols of Saint Louis School, enrolled at Arizona Western. A year later, Alibegic transferred to Independence. Nichols, who had made a verbal commitment to the Warriors, remained at Arizona Western and recently signed with Nevada.

Alibegic will earn his associate’s degree at the end of this semester, and join the Warriors for the July 25 start of training camp. He will have three years to play two UH seasons.

Alibegic said he chose UH because of the coaches, the emphasis on special teams (newly hired Michael Ghobrial works solely with the specialists during practices) and a chance to return to Hawaii (his mother and step-father live here).

Alibegic said he can comfortably convert from up to 53 yards. He said he has focused on attempts up to 40 yards in recent training.

“I cannot wait to come in and get to work,” Alibegic told the Warrior Beat.

Alex Trifonvitch, Ryan Meskell and Michael Boyle also are competing at kicker for the Warriors.


  1. Maddog50 April 9, 2018 1:24 pm

    You just plain crack me up!!!

  2. ai-eee-soos April 9, 2018 1:24 pm


  3. Da Punchbowl Kid April 9, 2018 1:29 pm

    Tsai – I would say I got a kick out of your pun, but that one’s been done to death.

    Continued prayers for Wena’s mom.

    Welcome, Nino!

  4. ai-eee-soos April 9, 2018 1:34 pm

    Go check out Nino’s tweets … lotsa comments.

  5. tom-warriornation April 9, 2018 2:19 pm

    Welcome Nino!

  6. tom-warriornation April 9, 2018 2:21 pm

    Can you help me reach my goal by chipping in $25 online with the last below link?
    Got this email from Rolo:
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    Head Football Coach
    University of Hawaii

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  7. iceebear April 9, 2018 4:08 pm

    You have got to wonder what is going on with the current kickers, as they are bringing in another. You would think that one of the current crop would develop and step forward.

  8. Kahuna April 9, 2018 4:18 pm

    Guy is a walk on. Nothing to lose. Even if you have an All American kicker on the roster and some kid wants to walk on, why would you turn him away without giving the kid a chance? Who knows? The dude could turn out to help the team in other ways, like being a holder, being the kick off guy or maybe even being a very good on side kicker.

    The more the merrier.

  9. cappie the dog April 9, 2018 5:16 pm

    Go UH sports!

    Go journalism!

  10. cappie the dog April 10, 2018 4:27 am

    I watch zero MMA.

    They were displaying a giant gold belt outside the Mililani Times.

    A man was signing autographs in the parking lot.

    It must have been BJ Penn.

    Is there anybody else on the board who does not watch mixed-martial arts?

    David Mamet is a fan.

  11. A-House April 10, 2018 7:00 am


    our prayers go out to you and Wena for your MIL’s speedy and 100% recovery.

    did your long, lost neighbor finally decide to “move-in”? keep seeing a light on about 4:45 am today and before we left on a trip

  12. Akamai Okole April 10, 2018 7:51 am

    Great Morning All!

    All for the kicks…

    Nino…Pinto…Santo Mario…and… and…:shock:

  13. Akamai Okole April 10, 2018 7:54 am


  14. islandman April 10, 2018 9:29 am

    El. Nino

  15. z April 10, 2018 10:38 am

    Can he reach the endzone with his leg on kickoffs?

  16. KOH I NOR April 10, 2018 12:07 pm

    Wow. A true walk on. Junk.

  17. A-House April 10, 2018 12:43 pm

    will the special teams coach be able to help the kickers/punters increase their range?

    hope so, cause it was lacking in 2017.

  18. A-House April 10, 2018 12:46 pm

    is there another Semiri Ulufale out there who is willing to play for UH and be the “wedge buster” on kick-off”?

    hope the new special teams coach will create “alleys” that can go either left or right and keep the “up-da-middle” option if given to UH by an opponent.

  19. A-House April 10, 2018 12:47 pm

    eye mus bee on da “robot” list again — so many blocks with cars~!!!!

  20. Stephen Tsai April 10, 2018 1:32 pm

    New post:

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