Beemer stays for the “long haul”

Gary Beemer has turned down an offer from a BCS school and will remain as the Rainbow Warriors’ strength and conditioning coordinator.

“I’m here for the long haul,” Beemer said.

Beemer was hired last May to work exclusively with the football team.

“It’s tough here, and I didn’t want to contribute and be another letdown for the guys,” Beemer said. “It would have been really bad timing for coach Chow to bring in a replacement and hire somebody else. I feel it would have been a detriment to the program. I felt I had a responsibility. And I love my job here.”

He said the players factored largely in his decision.

“I like our kids,” Beemer said. “No, actually, I don’t like our kids. I love our kids. I think there are a lot of guys on our team who work very, very hard, and they have yet to see their work manifest into success. I really want to help them do that.”

The Warriors began their offseason-training program yesterday.

“People think you get a team for a full year, and you don’t,” Beemer said. “You get a team for the winter time, they go to spring ball, then you get them for summer. The winter sets up spring ball, which sets up summer, which sets up camp, which sets you up to have a successful season. You can’t have some of it. You need it all. I wish I could have been here last winter. I’m excited to have the kids for, I think, it’s 7 1/2 weeks, then we go to spring ball, then it’s summer again, and I get them again, and we’re off. We have another tough schedule, but we’ll be more prepared for it this year.”

* * * * *


Jamie Smith knows about aspiring to new levels. After all, he lives on Wilhelmina Rise.

Smith is the basketball Rainbow Warriors promotional β€” and emotional β€” director. He’s back, and he’s helping to promote tonight’s game against Long Beach State. The theme: Warrior Paint Night. Fans will receive prizes for painting themselves creatively.




  1. 1 January 30, 2014 8:37 am


  2. tommui January 30, 2014 8:42 am


    Go Beemer!

  3. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2014 8:44 am

    Yep, tommui, he’s a keeper.

  4. Bugaz January 30, 2014 8:45 am

    There are still a few good ones around not only in it for the money. Mahalo Mr Beemer, that is Aloha.

  5. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2014 8:51 am

    True about the money part.
    I think the state has a lag system in distributing the first pay check. The good news is that a month after you leave a state job, you’re still receiving checks. The bad news is when you first start, you might have to wait a month for your first check.

  6. A-House January 30, 2014 8:52 am

    just great news! absolutely grand!

    is Malachi a solid commit? somewhat impressive video.

  7. Turfwar January 30, 2014 8:55 am

    Mahalo Beemer! Thanks for seeing this thing thru. No doubt you will make a difference in the years to come and many more opportunities will come your way.

  8. NorthShoreFan January 30, 2014 8:55 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos….sunny, mild and….bootiful day!

    Coach Beemer is one hell of a dude….a difficult find and we need to make sure we are just a committed and loyal to him as he is to the program!


  9. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2014 8:56 am

    This is poaching week. Few are solid commitments.

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid January 30, 2014 8:56 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! πŸ™‚

    Great post, Mr. Tsai! Great attitude and good heart Mr. Beemer! Love it! I hope you’re around for a good many years, Coach Beemer.

  11. NotNasti January 30, 2014 8:59 am

    Mahalo Coach Beemer, you are the epitome of committment. Hopefully, some of it will rub off on your young charges.

  12. NotNasti January 30, 2014 9:01 am

    ST: Re: Picture of Jamie Smith. Retake?

  13. al January 30, 2014 9:12 am

    “beem me up, gary!”

    nice to hear that there still remains men of integrity, commitment, and honor!!!
    surely his mantra will wear off on the “kids” that he “loves!”

    …nuff said.

  14. haka January 30, 2014 9:12 am

    It’s people like Coach Beemer and Jamie Smith that make all the difference in the world to a program. Like coach says, it’s tough here. Hawaii is a special place, but it takes a special effort by all, top to bottom, to have successful programs. I think we are in a good place with all our coaches, but they need help and as fans, we need to step up. Contribute when you can. Attend when you can. Be positive…even when you can’t! It’s a crucial time for UH and the fans need to be special too.

  15. Warrior Dave January 30, 2014 9:14 am

    Mahalo Coach Beemer for all you do for our players and for your loyalty to our program. You are making a huge financial sacrifice and it is truly appreciated.

    Welcome back Jamie!! You do an awesome job and thank you and everyone behind the scenes that helped to bring you back home. Let’s Go Warriors and good luck tonight!!

  16. al January 30, 2014 9:16 am

    the “fab five2” surely deserves the likes of jamie smith and his video work and creativity, passion to also promote our bball team.

    i’ll bet even money that tonight powder puff and stretch will have their war paint on.

  17. jm2375 January 30, 2014 9:23 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Thanks to both Coach Beemer and Jamie Smith for all your commitment and hard work.

    #14 – ditto x1000!

    GO WARRIORS!! Beat da Gauchos!
    GO WARRIORS!! Beat da Beach!
    GO WAHINE!! Beat da Beach!

  18. HALEAKALA January 30, 2014 9:45 am

    Beemer +++

  19. boolakanaka January 30, 2014 10:18 am

    Aloha all–Ferd’s column this morning left me scratching my head. A series of rhetorical questions and esoteric insights, that are left unattended without a definitive perspective or thematic endpoint. His frequent ramblings are beginning to irk me, but on the other hand, maybe my head was itchy as I was without shampoo the last several days.

  20. Slugger January 30, 2014 10:25 am

    Good morning, gang!

    Mahalo to Beemer & Jamie Smith!

    GO BOWS!

  21. SteveM January 30, 2014 10:27 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Well said, Gary Beemer. Mahalo!

  22. man eating apple January 30, 2014 10:31 am

    #22 yeah!

  23. man eating apple January 30, 2014 10:31 am

    Awrite #23, MJ’s number!!11!

  24. man eating apple January 30, 2014 10:32 am

    24. ah-ah-ah
    — The Count

  25. Lowtone123 January 30, 2014 10:53 am

    Welcoame back Jamie and mahalo Coach Beemer for staying committed.

  26. Inyoface January 30, 2014 10:57 am

    Don’t work Iosefa’s foot too hard, we need him on opening day!

  27. al January 30, 2014 10:59 am

    9…i feel a subliminal message there.m

  28. Kapahulu January 30, 2014 11:00 am

    Anyone else notice that USC QB Max Wittek is looking to transfer to another school.
    He already notified his coach and got his blessing.
    He graduates after this semester and will be eligibile to play one year.

  29. Inyoface January 30, 2014 11:19 am

    Chow should reach out to him.

  30. Bulla aka Rev Bu January 30, 2014 11:24 am

    aloha to all the Tsaikos,

    nice of mr. beemer to stay, class act.

    be blessed not stressed and remember what you look for you shall find πŸ™‚

    a hui hou

    Rev Bu

  31. Bugaz January 30, 2014 11:28 am

    With all the terrible weather in South, we should be poaching them.

  32. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2014 11:29 am

    There are a lot of graduating types that have shown interest in Hawaii.
    It makes sense in the case of, say, Sean Schroeder. But it generally takes at least a year for a quarterback to excel in a system, well, unless your name is Russell Wilson. But, hey, why not?

  33. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2014 11:31 am

    Beemer could have made a lot more money. But he really wanted to put these players through a full year. He’ll be here for a while.

  34. Kapahulu January 30, 2014 11:39 am

    There are some people on this blog that have been hoping for another QB candidate for next year. Perahps with Chow’s USC connections and his reputation for coaching Heisman QB’S, Max Wittek would give Hawaii a shot!

  35. hilosupaman January 30, 2014 11:42 am

    Living in Florida, I have heard a lot of good things about Gary Beemer. He was a fan favorite and loved by coaches and players. HE also made a big impact on the coaching staff for the Gators. I hope he stays with UH for the long haul

  36. hilosupaman January 30, 2014 11:44 am

    This may have been discussed previously but why was Jeff Ulbrich not in the running for DC? Did he just not apply?

  37. boolakanaka January 30, 2014 11:54 am

    36–He is a Mora guy, and he is getting groomed at an elite program, that and UCLA gave him the DC spot with a 400K plus salary.

  38. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2014 12:04 pm

    Ulbrich did not apply.

  39. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2014 12:06 pm

    Norwood met through intermediaries, and while intrigued, did not think the package could work out.

  40. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2014 12:06 pm

    Thing to know:
    The lowest-paid assistant on the Connecticut staff makes more than the highest-paid UH assistant.

  41. hilosupaman January 30, 2014 12:10 pm


    Thanks I figured there was a good reason!

  42. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2014 12:12 pm

    Say, you’re an average Joe living in Hawaii. You’ve got a wife, maybe two kids. These are your priorities:
    1) Mortgage/rent
    2) Food/bills
    3) Tuition
    Maybe you throw tithe in there, too.
    So what’s the first to go? Tuition, most likely.
    Then you try to cut down on expenses.
    Then after that, you might buy season tickets, or, maybe you just decide to buy to select games. Or just pay-per-view.
    In any case, you take all the Average Joes, eliminate the ones who aren’t sports fans or have too many ex-wives and not enough extra moolah, and, well, that’s why you make more as a Connecticut receivers coach than a UH coordinator.

  43. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2014 12:15 pm

    If you’re in Hawaii, you’ve got to play Money Ball.

  44. al January 30, 2014 12:17 pm

    40…you mean national powerhouse conneticut?,

  45. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2014 12:21 pm


  46. boolakanaka January 30, 2014 12:21 pm

    Tithe–?? ST, you know I’m a heathen of the first order. Next, tuition, if I can go to public school, K-12, live in public housing and make it, God knows (dammit I forgot I was a heathen) anyone can. So, now that we saved a bunch of kala from our savings on tuition and tithe, I automatically redistribute those amounts into food, which translates into eating Side-street cafe, 5 times a week, and watching all the games on the big screen—but, I guess my family economics and priorities are different from some folks.

  47. letsgowarriors January 30, 2014 12:22 pm

    tell chow ill work for minimum wage and faculty housing.

  48. al January 30, 2014 12:27 pm

    47…hey, from out of the cold he comes.
    what you think…broncos?

  49. jeezy33 January 30, 2014 12:34 pm

    48. I think Daniel Lewis is Hawaii’s best RB if he signs. Even though he’s being recruited as a DB. He reminds me of Dallas Crawford from the U. He can do it all, run between tackles, catch the ball, nice agility, decent power. DSJ more of an all purpose back. Iosefa injury prone.

  50. al January 30, 2014 12:36 pm

    i like lewis at rb, too.

  51. Ipu Man January 30, 2014 12:40 pm

    Coach Beemer and Jamie Smith, the green machines…

  52. Ipu Man January 30, 2014 12:42 pm

    Kudos and hope to the quarterbacks UH has. Let the crème rise to the top.
    No need jc transfers qbs.
    Go Bows!

  53. boolakanaka January 30, 2014 1:27 pm

    Here is an interesting factoid, SDSU has 3 players in the super bowl, and Portland State has 2, more than some of the traditional powerhouse schools. Which lends to the thought that there is talent on every level.

  54. bowwar January 30, 2014 2:22 pm

    #49: Jeezy, how about the RB Riggins that we supposedly have in our fold?? Is he a good running back?

  55. bowwar January 30, 2014 2:27 pm

    Looking at the video, Lewis seems to run too upright and will need to adjust his style for the college level.

  56. Jeezy33 January 30, 2014 2:46 pm

    54. Size wise, he looks more like 3rd down back or slot .. He’s very skilled catching the ball out of the backfield … Not sure he’s a workhorse that can carry it 15+ a game. I’d use him like Danny woodhead. Lewis looks like he can carry it 20 a game between the tackles ..

  57. bowwar January 30, 2014 3:08 pm

    What ever happened to Dustin Elisara??? He was supposed a FB/LB we recruited out of Waipahu(?), who was highly rated…After a couple years and a knee injury you don’t see any references to him. Is he still on the team? Until the knew injury, he looked like a real possibility at FB or big back…

  58. jeezy33 January 30, 2014 3:11 pm

    Here’s a compliment from an opposing coach…

    Lewis is among the region’s leading rushers with 473 yards on 61 carries. He’s averaging 7.75 yards per carry.

    “He’s a big-time SEC running back,” Westgate head coach Ryan Antoine said after NISH defeated his Tigers, 17-7. “Lewis is the best running back I’ve coached against other than Eddie Lacy (Green Bay Packers).”

  59. gobows January 30, 2014 3:52 pm

    92 air force nuclear officers linked to cheating scandal

  60. bowwar January 30, 2014 4:12 pm

    Is it true that Caleb Dressler is leaving the men’s bb program?

  61. Boya_jr January 30, 2014 4:23 pm

    Go Warriors! I’m enjoying the warm weather in Hawaii. Back for a few days!

  62. papajoe2 January 30, 2014 4:30 pm

    If anybody is interested, tonight’s OIA Boys soccer semifinal is NOT at Kapolei. It will be played at Mililani instead. Oceanic having problems transmitting from Kapolei. Will be on OC12. Men’s BB will be on OC16.

  63. al January 30, 2014 5:22 pm

    60…where did you hear that? He red shirted the first year. Now he is rehabbing from back surgery.

  64. NorthShoreFan January 30, 2014 6:11 pm

    Big West TV is sound

  65. 3-Prong January 30, 2014 7:09 pm

    Beat Da Beach Gunfunnit!

  66. Warrior Dave January 30, 2014 7:11 pm

    60 Al,

    See Jackson Wheelers comments on Ciourt Sense Blog I think that’s where I saw it.

  67. 3-Prong January 30, 2014 7:19 pm

    Go Bows….

  68. kapakahi January 30, 2014 8:06 pm


    Medical retirement for former Kapolei HS star.

  69. 3-Prong January 30, 2014 8:32 pm


  70. obachan January 30, 2014 8:59 pm

    Problematic that UH guards not able to penetrate/break down the zone & create their own shots.

  71. papajoe2 January 30, 2014 10:17 pm

    Bad night for UH sports. MBB, WBB, MVB, and tennis all down. πŸ™

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