Good to go

Several years ago, mainland police departments were hiring away HPD officers with the lure of higher pay and better benefits. It was irritating (HPD spent money to train officers who would leave) and complimentary (HPD officers were good enough to be poached.) .
And that leads to the how UH is developing players that others are poaching. It’s been going on for a long time. But in recent years, what has stood out was Boise State plucking Zak Hill 48 days after he agreed to be UH’s offensive coordinator.
And, of course, there are other examples, such as how Viane Moala and, maybe, Keala Santiago, ended up at Utah.
Recently, it was revealed that outside hitter Austin Matautia and opposite Brandon Rattray are joining the UCLA volleyball team. In the case of the volleyball players, it might be a case of opportunities.
For UH supporters, the revelation is irritating and complimentary. For UCLA, one of the premier volleyball programs in NCAA history, to covet two UH reserves, well, times are a-changin’.


  1. DaveLetterMan June 30, 2018 9:42 am

    Lol. Was waiting to read we were getting some transfes coming in.

  2. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2018 9:42 am


    Not bot!

  3. burro sabio June 30, 2018 9:42 am

    Ekahi, Ichi, Uno, One, Foist
    I’m not a robot
    It’s easier to poach than work. UH is the pack of lions and UCLA is the pack of hyenas.

  4. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2018 9:44 am

    Not first.

    Poaching is poaching.

  5. burro sabio June 30, 2018 9:44 am

    Oregon State are the vultures

  6. Capt Ron June 30, 2018 9:54 am

    To the poachers I say thanks for the compliment, but no thanks! College athletics has gotten to the point for many coaches that is either win or walk. It’s about big money and prestige, and if “you” aren’t helping then you’re out. I understand the motivation of the institutions. Not saying it’s right, but understood.

    Now, about the athletes, many of which aren’t mature enough at h.s. graduation to make long term decisions. Again, understandable, and our society (especially sports pros) set an example of thinking of self above commitments. I know there are a number of reasons for leaving, and I’m not judging the merits of any of them. I just hope they seek very good advice before changing, whether they are coming here or leaving. Regarding the two leaving for UCLA, they are indeed going to a premier program, but they are also leaving one – our history isn’t as long, but it’s growing.

    Bottom line, as has been said by a number of others here, we should want the ones who want to be here, and as to the others, wish them well, be willing to welcome them back, and NEXT!

  7. islandman June 30, 2018 11:27 am

    Speaking about HPD, Charles Moose who was a Chief of Police on the mainland, joined HPD in 2006 as a recruit and patrol officer, working there to maybe 2010.

  8. islandman June 30, 2018 11:39 am

    Most transfers are because the player wants to get more playing time or wants to move to a better name school or doesn’t get along with the coach or …. ?
    For UH, we came out good with Stefan Jankovic and Noah Allen who wanted more playing time.

  9. Ran June 30, 2018 12:33 pm

    Let’s focus on the players who WANT to play for our State, not those who want to play for “premier” name colleges….enough said…

  10. jm2375 June 30, 2018 2:17 pm

    Best wishes to Brandon & Austin. This MVB auntie (no, not THE aunties) will miss both them and their families.
    (Next man up!)

  11. manoa mist June 30, 2018 2:39 pm

    The run during the Big West championship for volleyball really showed the short comings of Hawaiis coaching staff, after the mid season slump because of to much traveling and burning out from it. You would they would have come with a platoon system to alleviate the effects of jet lag on all the players, with all the talent laying around nothing was done. And the results was a sweep at Long Beach. I hope going forward they address jet lag and come up with a system to work around it. Otherwise different year but same result.

  12. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2018 4:19 pm

    I think it would be interesting if everyone was free to transfer, but the second school had to pick up the training fee. If UH spends three years training a guy, then they should be owed some money for a guy bolting — with all his acquired skills — to the new school. If coaches have to teach a guy how to block a linebacker, then there should be some compensation.

  13. cappie the dog June 30, 2018 5:54 pm

    35th round.

    Quintin Torres-Costa is one step away.

    I hope this inspires Matt Cooper from reconsidering his pre-mature retirement.

    For awhile, they had strikingly similar numbers.

    Did Pal Eldridge submit Torres-Costa’s name?

  14. cappie the dog June 30, 2018 6:04 pm

    The Padres’ Kirby Yates will probably pitch the seventh or eight today. One more scoreless outing and I think he’ll be San Diego’s token all-star. It’s hard for a middle reliever but his numbers are too good.

  15. burro sabio June 30, 2018 8:11 pm

    CapDog, Colorado Springs only has 1 other lefty pitcher.
    Manager Rick Sweet played for the Islanders.
    I’m not a robot

  16. ADG June 30, 2018 8:34 pm

    We need to keep our Warriors in Hawaii and also recruit all over. A few newly committed players, said they love to play in front of their friends and families. Let keep it that way. That’s the key for keeping our Warriors on the island.
    — I do love that we have a couple of players from Australia.

  17. roygbivs June 30, 2018 8:35 pm

    There are so many schools to choose from for a student-athlete, so many levels of competition, I’d say recruit the BEST possible player out there and see what happens.

    Shows that our talent levels in recruiting have been increasing, all the better for us!

  18. cappie the dog July 1, 2018 6:06 am

    burro sabio-

    Hawaii is a pack of meerkats and UCLA are birds of prey.

    Brad Hand almost blew a save in yesterday’s game. If there is a save situation today, Yates will close.

  19. Stephen Tsai July 1, 2018 8:33 am

    New post:

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