Special assignment

One of the toughest areas to coach is special teams, mostly because special teams are six separate units.

And while UH head coaches have been generous in allotting practice sessions to special teams, newly hired Michael Ghobrial is one of the few coordinators to work exclusively with the specialists. In the past, a punter would walk the sidelines alone working on drops. Now Ghobrial accompanies punter Stan Gaudion, offering observations and tips. Ghobrial also will work closely with the kickers. Last year, UH attempted only nine field goals (converting four).

The hiring was one of the benefits of the NCAA’s decision to allow teams to add a 10th assistant coach.


  1. Warrior Dave March 25, 2018 1:14 pm

    Hoping to see “special” return to special teams.

  2. SteveM March 25, 2018 1:53 pm

    Need a Special Team for ST. Opened the paper the other day and saw almost a whole page by ST–baseball game coverage and spring training report. Lessee…football practice at 6:00 am and basebow games until 9-10 pm at night. File story.

  3. winning March 25, 2018 3:13 pm

    Byrd and Ursua sounds good. But do we have the QB to deliver and the line to block, that is the BIGGER question. We’ll see. Gonna be tough to go 7-6 this year but I hope I’m wrong.

  4. cappie the dog March 25, 2018 4:10 pm

    If this game goes into extra-innings, I think Trapasso has to burn his game four starter.

    Can’t kill Dylan Thomas’ arm.

    Maybe he can rely on Koltermann.

    Need this win.

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid March 25, 2018 4:21 pm

    Special teams make special Warrior! Git ‘er done!


  6. cappie the dog March 25, 2018 4:27 pm

    Bottom of the ninth.

    C’mon, coach.


    I don’t think Yelland can go another inning.

  7. cappie the dog March 25, 2018 4:45 pm

    Jonathan Weeks doesn’t hit a lick when I am in attendance.

  8. al March 25, 2018 8:58 pm

    If memory serves me right…Mike Akiu ran a 4.28 40.

  9. al March 25, 2018 9:00 pm

    cappie the dog…stay home then

  10. Boolakanaka March 26, 2018 5:24 am

    Al— I think that’s right, but it was handheld at Cooke field, which notoriously had especially quick times back in the day. The better story, at least from my perspective, is when Bruddha Mike, five years removed from the NFL, was working as a stevedore, heard that there was a pro Day back in campus. Now, at this point he was 31 or 32, and for laughs and giggles, he wanted to see if he still had the jets. Well, story goes, he smoked everyone, had the fastest time by a large margin. I heard it was a very low 4.4 and had more than a few teams ask him to consider a contract and come to summer camp. But, nah, what’s better then working the docks, with all your past-teammates and seeing Kifi everyday ?!?

  11. Inyoface March 26, 2018 7:31 am

    Would like to see the RnS drives down the field and maybe using some power packages in the red zone. The QB with a quick release usually does the best in the RnS it seems. Thank you.

  12. A-House March 26, 2018 9:46 am

    our trip to Amherst last year was a good one to “check-off” items on my “bucket list”

    1] stayed at Foxwoods Hotel & Casino — it was their 25th year.

    2] went to Yankee Stadium — watched the game, bought souvenirs, took pictures.

    3] re-visited the new 911 tower.

    4] went to the Rose Bowl for the UH – UCLA game.

    5] visited San Francisco — rode the “cable-car” standing on the “rail”

    6] went to the new 49er stadium and watched them beat the Titans – bought souvenirs, took many pictures.

    wonder what will be checked off on our next trip?

  13. Duster March 26, 2018 10:28 am

    #8 Al – that’s my recollection too. I explained why he got around the edge so fast to block PKs and punts. My foggy recollection is that the time stood up until Deion Sanders eclipsed it. Maybe Don Beebe too.

  14. Duster March 26, 2018 10:29 am

    Er, “I” = “It” in my previous post.

  15. Stephen Tsai March 26, 2018 10:58 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=45651

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