SMU’s Tom Mason and Idaho State’s Don Bailey are leading candidates to be named the Warriors’ defensive and offensive coordinators. They’re are obstacles, though, before anything can be finalized.
Here’s the online story: UH coordinators
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No matter the outcome, fans of Warrior volleyball surely had fun at last night’s match against No. 2 USC.
The crowd was large — and rowdy. Even the hecklers were back. (When it comes to heckling, Hawaii volleyball fans offer the funniest lines.) People yelled, danced, and did the wave.
Head coach Charlie Wade should be credited for the resurgence. Wade has worked to reverse the attendance slide that was triggered when the Warriors were stripped of the 2002 national title. To be sure, there still are obstacles. The Warriors remain the proverbial ugly stepchild of the athletic department, at least in terms of scheduling. The Outrigger tournament usually is held Thursday through Saturday. This year, men’s basketball hijacked Saturday, forcing the tournament to end on a Sunday. But that was too late for Penn State and Ohio State. Both teams left Saturday morning, and ended up playing only two matches in the tournament. Until basketball season ends, volleyball won’t get the coveted Friday-Saturday slots; instead, it has Wednesday/Friday or Friday/Sunday series, as it did this past week. It’s not easy to get people off the couch at midweek especially when an event is televised, as UH football will realize for its Thursday opener.
Wade fought to close the upper level for his matches, making every seat a good seat. The band and cheerleaders perform every match. Youth singers are brought in to perform the national anthem and Hawai‘i Pono‘i. Wade and coach Milan Zarkovic also started a club program. Most of all, after three years of recruiting to build depth, the Warriors can lose their best outside hitter to an injury and two more replacements ready to go. Things are on the rise when Gov. David Ige attends a match.