Strength in numbers

Tommy Heffernan will oversee UH football's strength and conditioning along with Josh Elms. / Photo by Stephen Tsai.

In an unofficial official move, Tommy Heffernan and Josh Elms will oversee the UH football team’s strength and conditioning.

They replace Bubba Reynolds, who was not renewed after two years in the program.

Josh Elms

Heffernan, a former UH baseball and football player,is the athletic department’s overall strength/conditioning coordinator.

Elms is a former UH baseball player who has been on the strength/conditioning staff since 2013. He also handles men’s volleyball. His wife, Kelly (Majam) Elms was an All-America softball player for the Rainbow Wahine.


  1. seewhy August 3, 2018 11:22 am

    Howzit, Tsaikos!! 🤙🏼

  2. SteveM August 3, 2018 12:46 pm

    I’m number 2 today.
    I don’t try harder… 🙁

    Welcome “back” to Tommy Heffernan and Josh Elms!

  3. Tom-warriornation August 3, 2018 12:50 pm

    Last call for Army road game tickets, sitting on the sidelines with 70 Hawaii fans. Also tickets for SJSU and SDSU sitting with 200+ UH fans.
    Text 415-324-0585 or. Email:

  4. Tom-warriornation August 3, 2018 12:55 pm

    UH ticket office seats at Army are in the end zone directly behind the goal post, which I consider bad for viewing, and not a good road game experience!

  5. SteveM August 3, 2018 1:01 pm

    Yesterday’s blog entry with LizKauai post about Colt and discussion of “Izzy” and Washington caused a nostalgic moment in me. Below is a rare photo of Izzy (hope the link works) and the last time we saw Rasu Begasu (las vegas) before his passing.

    Committed Road Warrior, me, LizKauai, rasu begasu, wafan and his brother Izzy. <a href="; Click here for photo

  6. burro sabio August 3, 2018 1:36 pm

    Thanks SteveM. Someone understands what I wrote, haha!

  7. gigi-hawaii August 3, 2018 1:52 pm

    Hi guys,

    I really enjoyed the article about Colt Brennan being at the football practice. So sorry to read about his blood clots, and I hope he is healthy now.

    Here’s a blast from the past: A post about Colt and the spring practice at the stadium in April 2007:

  8. clyde August 3, 2018 2:39 pm

    Ti-Cats’ Masoli & Green sticking it to the Johnny Footballs, 35-3, midway through second quarter.

  9. H-Man August 3, 2018 2:58 pm

    Lot’s of energy at practice this morning. There was one fight between an O and D-line player. Nice to see guys are playing with high spirits. Noticed some shuffling on the O-line, for today anyway. Kaiwi Chung/C and MIcah Vanterpool/RT were with the ones Also noticed Solo Vaipulu might have made the 2-deep chart at LG.

  10. Maddog50 August 3, 2018 3:54 pm

    Watched Bears last night. My son in traffic had it on radio-Tom Thayer long time Bears OL mentioned Dejon Allen several times, really like him! Best of luck to Dejon!

  11. jay Higgins August 3, 2018 9:27 pm

    hey tom -warrior….is there a Hawaii group going to the Colorado State game and do you have tickets still for section of Hawaii fans sitting together?

  12. Stephen Tsai August 3, 2018 11:14 pm

    Aloha to Marcus Stubblefield, father of wideout Devan Stubblefield. I met him today after practice. Nice guy — and a blog reader. Always appreciate the time people take to stop by.

  13. suckkabooya August 4, 2018 10:35 am

    Got to focus on transforming Justus Tavai (the next Kennedy), Zach Ritner (the next Laboy), Blessman Taala (the next Sopoaga), Paul Scott (the next Pisa), and Jonah Kahahawai-Welch (the next Alama-Francis). Moldable youth with so much upside as far as body and strength shaping/forming potential goes. Imagine the possibilities here. So awesome. Heffernan and Co. can do it.

  14. suckkabooya August 4, 2018 10:47 am

    BTW I don’t know how to compare Derek Thomas with any other former Warrior. In his hudl video it is odd how quick and fast he presses. If Heffernan can help his game transition to D1 it’s going to blow our minds.

  15. suckkabooya August 4, 2018 10:56 am

    The guy Mataafa reminds me a lot of is Jeff Ulbrich. The style to me is similar, “Brick wall” upper body tackler. Heffernan can create a monster here. Standing up or in stance. Lots of potential here too. Lots.

  16. burro sabio August 4, 2018 11:17 am

    #13 – IMO players should become the new standard and not be the “next” anyone-from-the-past. The past is past, these players are the current and future.

  17. suckkabooya August 4, 2018 11:27 am

    Hard to compare Doug Russell to any other former Warrior as well. Opponents (the good ones) always had one like him but not us. NT with a good (great?) size to girth (body structure) to strength to height (especially height) ratio. Heffernan just has to help him with a little more foot speed then NFL future for him. He can do it.

  18. suckkabooya August 4, 2018 11:33 am

    Just comparing the potential here. All NFL guys so to build up some vision of what is possible. Hopefully one day future Warriors can be compared and deemed the “next” guys of this group. So good now.

  19. suckkabooya August 4, 2018 11:39 am

    Some (most) parts of Hawaii’s past was incredible. I won’t ever forget the past. Unless Alzheimer’s kicks in later.

  20. Stephen Tsai August 4, 2018 11:50 am

    New post:

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