Although it appeared the selection process was set to a deliberate pace, Nick Rolovich actually completed his coaching staff in an earlier time than his two predecessors.
Greg McMackin, who was hired in January 2008, had the benefit of a Solomon-like split in which half the staff (and linebacker Solomon Elimimian, for that matter) remained and half followed June Jones to SMU.
Norm Chow, who was hired on Dec. 21, 2011, did not complete his staff until mid-January 2012.
Rolovich announced the final four members of his staff, including a non-coaching recruiting coordinator, on New Year’s Eve. According to people familiar with the situation, Rolovich made his decisions the past weekend but the process was delayed because of the holidays.
So, here’s what to expect:
> New defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa and his staff will evaluate personnel before deciding on a base defense. But Lempa ran a 4-3 during his three years as UH DC in 2000-2002, and helped create the opening four-man front used at Boston College the past three years. At the end of the 2015 season, UH was in a 4-3 base. (Linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams practiced at defensive end — the fourth down lineman — in the final week although he was a late scratch for the game against Louisiana-Monroe.) Also, people in the know believe Kory Rasmussen and Kennedy Tulimasealii are better suited for a four-man front — Rasmussen as a shade defender, Tulimiasealii playing the 3-technique.
> Sean Duggan was the surprise hire as linebackers coach. But Lempa endorses Duggan, a former Boston College linebacker, team captain and then graduate assistant. “Sean is going to be a great addition,” Lempa said. “He’s young, but this guy is really sharp. He was a three-year (starter) and a captain. He’s been in the system we’ve been running the last three years. He’ll do a great job.”
> The past decade, not all of the UH assistant coaches were in-the-living-room recruiters. Rolovich is seeking to change that, saying he wanted “nine John Stocktons” — point guards and assist leaders — working on recruiting. Rolovich succeeded in securing a recruiting coordinator separate from the staff of nine full-time assistant coaches. Jason Cvercko was the coordinator of recruiting operations at Nevada. Bo Montgomery, a UH intern who had helped with Boise State’s recruiting, also will help in organizing a recruiting effort that was scattered the past several years. Look for the Warriors to expand recruiting outside the United States.
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Back in the (prehistoric) day, when Reardon and I used to cover high school football, John Hao and Mark Atuaia ruled.
Today is their birthday.
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Also back in the day, the freshest music was played on KPOI, particularly the “Rabbett and Abbot” show.
Phil Miyamoto, who used the stage name “Phil Abbot,” died this past week.
He was a great radio guy, great family guy (his son Phil Miyamoto played volleyball for UH), and a fantastic guy.
Deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.