Dual challenge

More than two decades ago, Tommy Heffernan was a multi-skilled athlete who played for the UH football and baseball teams.

Once again, Heffernan is multi-tasking, serving as the head of UH’s strength program while also directing the football Warriors’ strength-and-conditioning activities.

Heffernan and head coach Nick Rolovich are seeking a replacement for Gary Beemer, who recently joined Rutgers as a strength/conditioning coach.

The Warriors’ off-sesason conditioning program begins Jan. 25.

UH’s overall strength program, like other departments, operates on a slim budget. Beemer was one of three full-time assistants under Heffernan this past fall. Hank McDonald and James Chassin are the other assistants.

The weight room also has two graduate assistants and some volunteers.


  1. nanakuli January 2, 2016 8:26 am

    Would Chad Ikei b interested?

  2. Stephen Tsai January 2, 2016 8:34 am

    I think Chow had met with Ikei to discuss an opening a few years ago.
    I think the problem is that without Na Koa’s supplemental contribution, the pay isn’t very high. And there is a restriction on outside training, especially using state facilities. But Ikei is more than qualified.

  3. Old School Dave January 2, 2016 8:42 am

    Someday, I’m hoping there will be a UH Football Complex (state of the art, 20,000 square feet weight room; training room, meeting facility and position rooms, coaches offices, indoor practice facility, cafeteria/dining facility, academic center, players lounge, etc), all with a clear view of Diamond Head and Manoa. It all comes down to having a vision and $$$, no doubt.

    I still remember the team working out of the portables in the “Quarry” back in the day.

  4. bowwar January 2, 2016 9:02 am

    #3: Dave…June Jones had that same vision, but didn’t stay around to finish it. I still think that a UH Football complex along with an on-campus stadium that can seat 30-40,000 is the dream and solution. At the very least, we should expand Ching Stadium and consider holding one or two UH games there. Too many “small-time” thinkers…Even if we made the old Stadium park back into a stadium would be a good possibility. Again, it takes a vision and belief.

  5. al January 2, 2016 10:18 am

    Thank you Tom for enduring and persevering.

  6. al January 2, 2016 10:26 am

    …and speaking of dual, it would be nice to see that dual qb on campus this month.
    SJ2 would be a great fit for our system, while we wait upon Zwhalen and
    Milton to develope.

  7. H-Man January 2, 2016 10:34 am

    Where are the recruits????? Just getting real anxious.

  8. Rodney January 2, 2016 10:41 am

    I think Zwhalen will surprise
    us all and be a solid Qb

  9. A-House January 2, 2016 11:06 am

    I believe Zwahlen will have a very good spring ball and emerge as #1 and be even better during/after summer training.

    McKenzie should be prepared to “red shirt” 2016, learn the playbook, develop physically and mentally and grow 3 or 4″ – only 17 years old! – and become the #2 after Zwahlen

  10. bowwar January 2, 2016 11:18 am

    #6: We could use two mid-year QBs and a Freshman in the mix beyond Milton for the coming year…Competition is good and with a new offense, it will take a QB with a “will and passion” to make it work. We could use another good RB to compliment the returning players as well.

  11. bowwar January 2, 2016 11:21 am

    That Chad Ikei thing sounds like the Len Sakata situation in UH baseball. Damn the rules and compensation, get these folks on-board as they are island products who are both competent and recognized for their coaching…Makes me wonder where the UH BB program would be now if we were able to replace Murakami with Sakata back then…

  12. Kapahulu January 2, 2016 11:51 am

    I am especially excited about the new Recruiting Coordinator full time position.
    This guy has exerience doing it with Rolo at Nevada.
    It all starts with recruiting. Maybe now we can finally start keeping more of the top local talent at home to UH. More local recruits also mean more tickets sold to their families and friends.
    Happy New Year everybody!

  13. Dano January 2, 2016 12:43 pm

    Ikaika cannot be counted out, since he has had so many starts the past few years. As a Rolo recruit originally, Ikaika now has a chance to realize his full potential this year.

  14. Legistlature January 2, 2016 1:00 pm

    Woolsey for 2016 is like IGE for another term…PRIMO! CHANCE EM

  15. Rodney January 2, 2016 1:32 pm

    Recruiting is the key
    Just look at Bama!!!
    Roll Tide!!!

  16. el burro sabio January 2, 2016 2:06 pm

    Agree with Dano, Ikaika has the edge going into spring cause Rolo and Hill have plenty of game tape and will know what to fix. The age and number of QB recruits besides Milton will tell us what Rolo thinks of Woolsey and Zwahlen.

  17. SteveM January 2, 2016 2:39 pm

    Quiet day. Since I had the Warrior Beat archives out, I glanced at January 2, 2007 today. Rumors said the colorful Defensive Coordinator, Jerry Glanville, might be leaving UH. ST wrote that Glanville was preparing for the 2007 opener. This and the question of the blog going on hiatus yielded these comments:

    Comment from: Da Punchbowl Kid [Visitor]
    Main thing is, JG is looking to next year.
    If Colt returns, look for Hawai’i to blow the college scene wide open. This year it was Boise, next should be our turn…

    Now all we need is to learn that our blog is gonna stick around for a while too.
    01/02/07 @ 13:29

    Comment from: bulla [Visitor]

    al, you’re right, JG is sounding optimistic, but he is ready for anything all the time, he just rolls with it, makes a few adjustments and then BAM, we got a winner.
    be safe out there, it’s a new year
    01/02/07 @ 14:14

    Comment from: al [Visitor]
    kid, tombo, bulla…thanks for making this blog a fun place to park.
    and tombo your site is excellent. i tried to comment couple of times and had difficulty logging. i guess i’ll have the son help me.

    st, thanks for creating this blog for us lonely people. at least, we can no longer say that the pen pels are imaginary as my wife once called you all. now, if i can just get her to come out to the spring fling! yeah, ‘spring fling’ for after spring training recap, ancedotes, and scoops by ST and friends.
    01/02/07 @ 14:28

    Comment from: Jon [Visitor]
    ST – You need to talk to Glanville as often as possible. He’s hilarious! He really makes it a lot more fun to follow the team with his comments. The best part is that behind his comedy though is a serious football mind. This year was the best defense since the late ’80s Tomey teams and perhaps the hardest hitting team we’ve ever seen.
    Don’t go Jerry!!!!
    01/02/07 @ 14:54

    History shows that Glanville did depart to become Portland State’s head coach, and he took “Mouse” Davis with him. JJ must have felt down–losing Glanville, who made football fun again for him, and Mouse, his lifelong mentor. UH lost around 100 years of football experience that day, but got around 50 years back when Greg McMackin was spotted at the 2007 spring camp.

    Another striking contrast when we look at the “up and coming” coaching staff of 2016. I see comments about Lempa being a old–well, Lempa was a relative kid on JJ’s coaching staff and I think we are fortunate to have him today.

  18. MAKA January 2, 2016 2:57 pm

    Seems like most all on here is throwing around names for starters etc.
    I just hope the back-ups are of excellent skills also, for we know for sure that the starting 22 in Australia will probably be the same for all the remaining games.

    Hope no season ending serious injuries for the season to all on team.

  19. MAKA January 2, 2016 3:44 pm

    Should be, “not the same”.

  20. ML Warrior January 2, 2016 3:57 pm

    @ #7 it is the dead period til January 13, not much happening til then. I am anxious for LOI day.


  21. H-Man January 2, 2016 4:16 pm

    #20, I disagree. Communication,both written and electronic communications are permitted. Recruiting does not stop. So what is dead period?
    Dead period as viewed by SB Nation follows:
    “The dead period is the most restrictive. No in-person contact is allowed, even if a prospect makes a visit to the college campus. Written and electronic communications are still permitted.
    And yet, prospects still do decide to commit to schools in late December and early January, often because they’ve considered all their options, taken all their visits, and are ready to pull the trigger.”

  22. azwarrior22 January 2, 2016 4:24 pm

    I went to the Fiesta Bowl Parade today. I find it strange that the Fiesta Bowl Parade took place the day after the Fiesta Bowl game. The parade plugged both the Fiesta Bowl (Ohio State vs Notre Dame) and Cactus Bowl (West Virginia vs ASU). However, only Notre Dame Marching Band was conspicuously missing from the parade.

  23. kev-1 January 2, 2016 6:53 pm

    16 … I guess the question should be whether or not to try and fix a QB in his last year or develop one with four. It would be a nice story for Ikaika if he ends up shining.

  24. el burro sabio January 2, 2016 7:31 pm

    Kev-1, probably depends what and how much needs to be fixed. Again it comes down to familiarity and who and how many Rolo thinks he needs to bring in. He probably made his decision weeks ago, we’ll see what happens.

  25. el burro sabio January 2, 2016 7:33 pm

    It probably depends what and how much needs to be fixed. Again it comes down to familiarity and who and how many Rolo thinks he needs to bring in. He probably made his decision weeks ago, we’ll see what happens. (previous post was moderated and will show up tomorrow)

  26. pakipark January 2, 2016 9:57 pm

    #3 Old School Dave, I always thought tearing down Hale Anuenue and replacing it with an athletic complex for all sports with weight room, offices, meeting rooms, film rooms etc. would be a good idea. Not sure if you can see Diamond Head from Hale Anuenue. Not even sure if Hale Anuenue still exsists. The new athletic complex could be named for Ray Nagel, Red Rocha, or Thomas Kaulukukui.

  27. cappie the dog January 2, 2016 11:15 pm

    Coach Beeman needs to recruit a JC point guard.

  28. ML Warrior January 2, 2016 11:16 pm

    # 21 Coaches may not initiate contact with players by phone calls. If they want to recruit certain players, they must wait. I went through this last year with my son.

  29. BigFan January 3, 2016 1:57 am

    ML Warrior, I think H-Man is in agreement with you. Electronic communications would be things like email, text, and other social media forms not including phone calls.

  30. paintslinger January 3, 2016 6:41 am

    I’m particularly enthused about Rolo being our Head Coach because of some of things he said with emphasis…such as getting the team member to unify, to create that bond of closeness that all good teams seem to have. Its well known that physicality of a team is just one component…but unity, friendship, that special bond can help players work a bit harder, make them a step quicker, make that tackle with more ‘wrap up’…and not least, produce that never say ‘die’ mind set…that special conviction that they can win. Yeah, I think Rolo has the right idea…now we shall see if he can implement it.

  31. Old School Dave January 3, 2016 7:52 am

    Warbow #4 & Pakipark #21: I think there was talk by the former AD of a master plan building a multi-level athletics complex where Klum Gym currently stands. The current athletic complex was built in the early 80s or over 30 plus years ago and is showing its age. I remember when recruits were shown the “new” astroturf on Cooke Field, back in the day, then whisked off to Waikiki, because there was nothing else worth showing in the Lower Campus.

    New LSU DC Dave Aranda will sign a 3-year contract starting at $1.3 million, that will escalate each year and is not connected to HC Les Miles’ employment. Not bad for a guy who was not retained here in 2012.

  32. 808warriorfan January 3, 2016 7:55 am

    Now that the coaching staff has been finalized … sort of… there remains one big question … Will Scott Harding be brought on as a GA ???

  33. MAKA January 3, 2016 8:14 am

    # 31 Guess that shows all of us what a great evaluator our coach was for talent, both coaches and athletes.

    Silver lining, I guess he is thankful he was not stuck here and went to Wisconsin where all could see his talent.

  34. el burro sabio January 3, 2016 8:20 am

    #32 by my count Rolo has 7 other positions that he needs to fill or decide to keep the incumbents, not including S&C.

  35. Old School Dave January 3, 2016 8:46 am

    Maka #33: Same could be said for Deronte Jones (Wisconsin), Lewis Powell (Utah), and Kevin Clune (USU & possibly the new OSU DC) moving on when they did after 2014. Smart career move on their part.

  36. 3-Prong January 3, 2016 9:21 am

    Go Salas!

  37. Stephen Tsai January 3, 2016 9:48 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=35160

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