RIP, Ray Nagel

I was a high school kid when Ray Nagel became athletic director at UH, and I was a young part-timer at the Star-Bulletin when I first met him.

Nagel died last Thursday in San Antonio of natural causes at age 87.

I remember him as very friendly and articulate. A lot of great things happened at UH while he was the AD. It was definitely a program on the rise, in several different sports.

In many ways it was a golden era for UH sports, and Nagel was the program’s leader.

He also helped breathe some life into the Hula Bowl with his many great connections in the college football world.

I’m personally saddened by his passing, and thinking of him brings to mind a very positive era for UH sports.


  1. al January 21, 2015 3:00 pm

    Thanks for the memories Mr. Nagel.

  2. David J. January 21, 2015 9:12 pm

    Thank You! Ray for what you have bring into the hearts of University of Hawaii’s fans and they’re sports program. You really had put the University of Hawaii sports on the map in football, basketball, baseball and other sports program. You will be miss!

  3. K-Bay January 21, 2015 11:26 pm

    Fostering and Harnessing the Dream of Hawai’i and a Greater U.H….

    Derek Tatsuno can Validate (IF he’d like)
    AD Ray Nagel Standing Tall in the doorway of a still “Zero-Rated” Floatable-Portable-Building Athletic Department Doorway…

    And the Brash Supremely Controlled And (maybe) Over-Confident ‘Tats’ Firing THREE Darts at Once into the Doorfame Above Him — Kind of a Melding of Their Talents — the Two Who Built an Athletic Department and a Baseball Program…
    NO FEAR on Either Part…

    MAHALO, Ray & Family…

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