Former punter’s son joins Warriors

When Shawn McCarthy was 7, he learned his father, Tom McCarthy, was not just an ordinary businessman.

“I was looking around and I saw a picture of him punting,” Shawn said. “He said, ‘Yeah, I used to play for UH.'”

Tom McCarthy, who averaged 40.7 yards during his UH career, also bounced around NFL camps for four years, with notable stops with the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks. He then returned to Hawaii, worked in real estate and now is a Wells Fargo senior vice president and complex manager.

Father and son. a 2014 Punahou School graduate, used to work out together when Shawn trained as a long-snapper. Shawn attended Puget Sound before transferring to UH.

“My dad used to play here back in the day, and he encouraged me to come and play special teams, too,” Shawn said. “I thought it would be cool.”

This week, Shawn McCarthy joined the Warriors as a long-snapper. Shawn, who is 6 feet 4 and 280, is a sophomore who must redshirt this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.


  1. tom September 9, 2016 8:39 am

    And good morning Tim and Al!

  2. Andy September 9, 2016 9:34 am

    Cool – that’s one huge long snapper. I remember Tom as being rock-steady back there. Always great to see someone come in as a legacy.

  3. H-Man September 9, 2016 9:44 am

    With that size, maybe he can also play center.

  4. Akamai Okole September 9, 2016 9:51 am

    Great Morning All!

    Welcome Shawn!

  5. Akamai Okole September 9, 2016 9:54 am

    At 6-4, 280 if he had any aspirations of doing anything other than LS-ing, he would’ve done it at UPS…

    …of course, the Wildcats in McMinnville woulda knocked the sense back in to him! 😉

    Stay the course, young man. A long, stable future awaits an accurate and consistent LS at this and the next level.

  6. Akamai Okole September 9, 2016 10:06 am

    From the last post:

    Regarding the Blog Host’s wardrobe…

    I believe most of his tops are designed by Charles Schulz 😈

  7. al September 9, 2016 12:30 pm

    Good day Tom!

    Any great new burger joints?

  8. al September 9, 2016 12:33 pm

    I like it that the team showed face at the vball game.

    That’s how it should be.

  9. SteveM September 9, 2016 12:36 pm

    Welcome Shawn McCarthy!

  10. MauiBoyAlaska September 9, 2016 12:43 pm

    Stephen Tsai, do you know why there are no video streaming options for this weeks home UH football game?

  11. SteveM September 9, 2016 12:51 pm

    MauiBoyAlaska — what city do you reside in?

    Al & Tom — I’m looking for a burger place with good onion rings…

  12. Hilo-Warrior September 9, 2016 1:00 pm

    Well I was gonna ask if there was a live stream of the game but I guess I got my answer from MauiboyAlaska. Its tough the only thing we can get are live streams here in San Antonio if its not on ESPN.

  13. NorthShoreFan September 9, 2016 1:01 pm

    Guud Afternoon Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!
    right about this time tomorrow, should be enjoying a tall cool one, smelling da bbq, indulging on the many Tsaiko grinds, trading tall tales, catching up on the stories of our Tsaiko world travelers and…. anticipating Warrior Football!


  14. (Jesse)James September 9, 2016 2:11 pm

    Good afternoon Tsaikos…

    Woot woot…almost game day. Getting stuff together and grabbing grinds for tomorrow’s T-Gate. If you haven’t been to one, you should come on down and enjoy the festivities. Early crew gets there around 9 a.m. 🙂

  15. 3-Prong September 9, 2016 2:33 pm

    Hoping to see the Offense roll tomorrow. Defense need to win turnover battle too.

    Go Bows!

    …and Go Wahine too!

  16. TChahng September 9, 2016 3:57 pm

    … T-Gate? somebody said T-Gate? I’ll try … got some errands to run …

    Have a great game, everyone!

  17. kalua pig September 9, 2016 4:14 pm

    if a dog leash had 10 links,how long is ikaikas chain?

  18. LizKauai September 9, 2016 6:37 pm

    Welcome Shawn!

    Go, Rainbow Warriors!
    Happy tailgating and cheering!
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  19. tom-warriornation September 9, 2016 7:59 pm

    Got a group of 50 diehard Hawaii fans going to next week’s road game in Tucson, AZ; sitting at the 50 yd line (visitor’s side). If you still want to join our group; email me at: or text me at: 415-324-0585.

  20. 808warriorfan September 9, 2016 8:35 pm

    WHOA … 6’4″ / 280 … wonder if we can convert him into an DL/LS ???

    Das one beeg bruddah …


  21. tom-warriornation September 9, 2016 8:37 pm

    Calling all UH Alumni and Friends
    in Arizona!
    Please join us for a
    Rainbow Warriors vs. University of Arizona
    Pre-Game Party
    Saturday, September 17, 2016
    4:30–6:30 p.m.
    Aloft Tucson University Hotel
    XYZ Bar
    1900 E. Speedway Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85719
    Hawaiian local food: $15 per person
    Parking is available in the hotel and we will walk to the football game together.
    Please RSVP to Ren Hirose at or at (480) 970-2130 by Friday, September 9.
    Ren will pre-order the food and you can pay him at the party.

  22. z September 9, 2016 10:11 pm

    Wow Kahuku. No mercy.

  23. 3-Prong September 9, 2016 11:03 pm

    Saints, 57-36 4th quarter over Puns. Gotta love high school football in Hawaii.

  24. 3-Prong September 9, 2016 11:18 pm


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  26. Na Koa Mike September 9, 2016 11:55 pm

    Photos of the team’s Friday dinner at the KCC fine dining room.

  27. Ohana Hawaii September 10, 2016 2:42 am

    WELCOME HOME SHAWN! To the University of Hawaii football program OHANA! GO BOWS!

  28. Akamai Okole September 10, 2016 6:00 am

    Great Morning All!

    It’s Game Day!


    56 – 14 Akamai Okole

  29. Markazulu September 10, 2016 7:07 am

    Michigan today honestly is looking better than they did against Hawaii and that’s scary.

  30. Maddog50 September 10, 2016 7:09 am

    No stream due to rights being owned by OC. They have no way at the present time to block the stream coming back to Hawaii. It undermines their PPV customers. Does not matter but UCF is down 31 zip barely into 2nd quarter to Michigan

  31. Stephen Tsai September 10, 2016 8:16 am

    New post:

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