Warriors close to naming coordinators

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.


  1. hatakeman February 7, 2015 10:49 am


  2. hatakeman February 7, 2015 10:53 am

    Gov. Ige’s attendance is a really good sign. Makes me feel hopeful the state may take a larger presence in support of UH Athletics.

  3. Kapahulu February 7, 2015 10:59 am

    TOP 5

  4. Kapahulu February 7, 2015 11:03 am

    The Gov. and his Wife are both UH Alumni.
    Hope they come to more UH events.

  5. turfwar February 7, 2015 11:06 am

    Yup. It’s been a while since the Stanley rocked like last night. It was really fun even in a loss because while no one likes to see their home team lose the mistakes are correctable and the bad guys were led by a local boy who is generally thought of as the Marriota of college volleyball. We will not see a better setter or server this season. Without Micah I’m not sure SC is even in the top ten. Meanwhile don’t forget basketball bows are on cable today at 5 and Santa Barbara could be without their best player. A 3-1 road trip would be amazing. Unless they come home and lose which would nullify their progress in the conference standings. And about this recruiting class I kind of feel like Kifi (last blog). The more I look at it and see the recruiting class videos of other MWC teams the better I feel about ours. Watched the football team working out on Ching Field last night before the volleyball match and they look strong and fit. Kudos to the strength coach and his staff.

  6. Stephen Tsai February 7, 2015 11:07 am

    You’re right about that.
    The folks who cover government were saying that there were concerns whether Gov. Ige was pro-UH. His attendance is significant.
    Then again, every UH president/chancellor and governor eventually realizes that UH sports is the most covered and offers some of the most positive stories. Generally, there isn’t a lot of good news in Hawaii. I mean, Target can’t even open a store in Kailua without people getting grumpy. But I digress.

  7. nanakuli February 7, 2015 11:14 am

    Did Abercrombie attend any UH sporting events besides football?

  8. Boolakanaka February 7, 2015 11:16 am

    I have to give another kudos again to Kifi about his comments on yesterday blog ! I think it is telling that he is former warrior great and a part of Hawai’i prep school lore. Perhaps, what it most reflects is the attitude of anyone who has been part of team sports; that the most important and valuable team is the one that you currently a part of and support.

    So, while we can dither about this player or the next, folks that have been part of a team, know that it is the guy right next to you, right now, that is most critical. So, at this point, let’s just support the guys that have made the conscious choice to be a warrior….and to everyone else-the hell with them–we’re warriors.

  9. Kazu February 7, 2015 11:20 am

    Need more fans like the aunties. They are an amazing group. I wish they would let the band play the National Anthem for all the sports at the SSC.
    Nice crowd on hand and loud. Watching it on tv you don’t get the full effect though.

  10. Kifi February 7, 2015 11:36 am

    Saw a few of those guys following the govenor around. I wonder if they still have eligibility. We could use a few more defensive tackles in this year’s recruiting class.

  11. NotNasti February 7, 2015 11:58 am

    Nanakuli, I used to see Abercrombie at the Stanley all the time.

  12. st. anthony trojan February 7, 2015 11:59 am

    Rah…Rah…Rah…..Go Go…McNair….he is the dude in suing the NCAA over him being blacklisted after the Reggie Bush thingy….Judge said….NCAA must open them files n e-mails that they did not want to make public..

    Judge says they were ‘malicious’….but of course we all know they are evil n malicious…guess the ‘elephant dung’ is really hitting the fan now…

    They will have many more cases against them now…good news 4 our lawyer types here…

    Wahine softballers are doing good so far…SPLIT A PAIR YESTERDAY…n men’s gave USC…a scared of being swept…wooo hoo woo hoo…..way to go dudes m dudettes…he he he…hope ur happy there 3-prong….

  13. tom February 7, 2015 12:12 pm

    When Kifi speaks, we should listen. Great guy and knows more than many of the self-styled experts on TWB.

  14. 3-Prong February 7, 2015 12:14 pm

    #8. boo: RAJA DAT!

  15. 3-Prong February 7, 2015 12:15 pm

    ….in other news, what an unreal beautiful day today!

  16. hitman February 7, 2015 12:17 pm

    aloha everyone !! hope everyone enjoy the weekend !! what a great game again for VB team !! nice both basketball teams doing great and the ladys VB team alway one tops teams !! let hope it carry over to the baseball teams !! its been a while since the man had some big hitters !!

  17. pollypicador February 7, 2015 12:22 pm

    Going back to yesterday’s blog.

    The LQ offensive linemen during the Mack years that eventually walked on was KL (?).


    Would he be a good hire as a special teams coach at Hawaii?

    For the last 2 seasons he has been the special teams coach for the Hamilton team in the CFL.

    Here’s a coach that has 30 plus years of coaching experience, is renowned recruiter and can fill in as secondary coach, WR coach. I see him as adding contagious morale to the staff as opposed to the former special teams coach (who I viewed as a cancer to the team).

    Did Reinebold interview/apply when Chow first came aboard? The reason I mention this is that I remember distinctly that the blog host mentioning that Reinebold was seen at UH (or something to that effect) when Chow initially set out in assembling his first coaching staff. This fact doesn’t imply anything…just curious. Anyway, I like Reinebold as a coach, person.

  18. el burro sabio February 7, 2015 12:31 pm

    A lineman with the initials KL fits the description.

  19. Old School Dave February 7, 2015 12:39 pm

    Interesting how some guys move up the coaching ladder very quickly. This guy has come in and surpassed more established Seattle assistants such as Ken Norton Jr. and Rocky Seto in a short period of time. He was a college GA as recent as 2009. Seto will probably become the full-time DBs coach, now. Being capable, along with timing is important.


  20. justsomeguy February 7, 2015 1:13 pm

    I suppose it’s settled now. We can all move forward and work towards improving in 2015.


  21. Tempmanoa February 7, 2015 1:13 pm

    Just read the editorial on cutting the UH $31 Million Deficit.
    With all the problems UH has, I think the athletic budget request for $3 Million seems minor. On the other hand, I don’t think that it has been included in the state’s budget yet (anyone know for sure?) and if it doesn’t get into the budget, it won’t happen, meaning cuts in the athletic budget.
    Fiscal management at UH has been a problem for years and gets worse every year– you almost need to start all over to get something that works.

  22. LKB February 7, 2015 1:17 pm


    Completely unrelated note, but do you know if UH has plans for new football uniforms this fall? Seems like the team has had the same template since 2011. Thanks.

  23. beans February 7, 2015 1:18 pm

    It was a great week for UH VB! Our guys did great. Shows that they can play with the best. Fans were fantastic too. All right, all right, all right!
    No bitching today from the bloggers………..All right, all right, all right!!

  24. Kifi February 7, 2015 1:21 pm


    Interesting hire. Hopefully Coach Chow aloows him to do his thing.

  25. Kifi February 7, 2015 1:21 pm

    #24 – allows

  26. Kifi February 7, 2015 1:23 pm

    #20 – Of course it is only rumor until Tsai says it’s true.

  27. hitman February 7, 2015 1:24 pm

    Hawaii is set to hire former SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason and current Idaho State offensive coordinator Don Bailey, FootballScoop learned Saturday. An announcement could come as soon as Monday.

  28. A-House February 7, 2015 1:31 pm

    guess someone was offended by my last post this am and deleted it – ha!

    thing is I cannot remember what I posted!!

    my best contribution for today is “achi kochi”

    remember this blog has 5 words to define who we are: food, family, friends, football, and fishing.

  29. Kifi February 7, 2015 1:33 pm

    #28 – Fun

  30. A-House February 7, 2015 1:35 pm

    that little chubby kid on TV said it best: “things are looking up!”

    I have increased my level of hope with the new DC and OC hires as long as Chow allows them more “lateral and longitudinal” space to work and develop the team – a respectable showing in 2015, and that mean 50% or more wins, to start the long up-hill climb for Hawaii

  31. st. anthony trojan February 7, 2015 1:47 pm

    Stolen poogee quote…from a Williams dude… “The best executive (COACH) is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

    Hopes he allows them to use their expertise …to do what needs to be done…so fans start going back to the stadium…n a Meyers dude in Ohio… getting nervous now…he he he..

    Glad me is taking 77 points that game…he he he

  32. hitman February 7, 2015 2:04 pm

    st. anthony trojan remember 103-6 !! lmao joking poogee quote: woman who fly in plan upside down cracks up !! lol let go bow !!

  33. beans February 7, 2015 2:25 pm

    #32 Oh and I thought we were just going to be positive today……..Oh well!

  34. st. anthony trojan February 7, 2015 2:32 pm


  35. islandman February 7, 2015 2:43 pm

    Does the governor get free ticket(s) to attend UH volleyball, etc. ?

  36. hitman February 7, 2015 2:43 pm

    i did try to !! let st. anthony trojan the score board only shows 2 number not 3 number !! so if the score 103-6 would be 3-6 !! lol but know going get hope with some new coaches !! a but wait as not da same dc that jj was getting cracks with !!

  37. JustAsking February 7, 2015 2:46 pm

    Special thanks to Mr. Tsai who works overtime, all the time, to provide coverage of our UH programs. Up early on Wednesday to report on National Signing Day, munching on his dinner between sets of the VBall match, and running after interviews late Wednesday night after the great Vball win! Thank you!

  38. 3-Prong February 7, 2015 3:07 pm

    Don Bailey sounds like a fairly innovative OC.

  39. 3-Prong February 7, 2015 3:08 pm

    Hoping NC turns over reigns fully.

  40. Tempmanoa February 7, 2015 3:20 pm

    Bailey has probably coached some Hawaii players at one of his stops, like Montana State and Portland State. He may have also run into Tommy Lee who has also coached in that neck of the woods. He is know for running a passing attack, but ran the ball too when he had the RB’s and offensive line to do it. Will be interesting to see how he adjusts to MWC football. Once comparison score– last year we scored 14 points vs Utah State, Idaho State with Bailey as OC scored 20.

  41. Da Punchbowl Kid February 7, 2015 3:45 pm

    Howzit Gangeez!

    Great match, great series! Any time we can split a series with the Trojans and come down to the last two points, it’s a positive.

    A large group of friends and family atteneded with us last night, and many had never been to a Men’s VBall game. They all came away raving about the game, the crowd, the atmosphere and the play of both teams. One of the best men’s college VBall games of the year was played at the Stanley last night.

    We have a relatively young team playing without one of its regular starters – these guys are worth the price of admission any time! The future looks bright.

    GO WAHINE!!!

  42. st. anthony trojan February 7, 2015 4:02 pm

    Good see 2 new hires for the football team….wish was a month earlier…but then again…can’t have everything we want at times…

    WONDER what the Hatchet Man (DR) will write about them 2… should be an interesting read huh…

  43. Brad February 7, 2015 4:27 pm

    #21. Well I hate to say it but if the state can’t find money for the decifit and UH is looking into cutting out some programs,as a UH system they should use the 3.5 million athletic budget from UH Hilo one day and slowly trickle Hilo to inter mural sports only.

  44. hitman February 7, 2015 5:55 pm

    UH basketball man up 37-33 at half time !!

  45. oneseason February 7, 2015 6:51 pm

    So coach Arnold was notified on Termination without Cause at the end of October. Per UH’s contract with him, UH needs to give him 90 days notices, which would have been up around the end of January. Back in November, the sales pitch was that Termination without Cause would only cost UH the few hundred thousand dollars remaining on his contract. At the time, Gib gave some made some pretty strong statements about wanting to remain the coach. However, he never mentioned the Termination without Cause penalty statement in his contract. Raising the specter of a $1.4M added cost to UH would have surely encouraged debate about the wisdom of UH’s actions. Instead, it appears he decided to remain silent until the 90 notice ran out. $1.4 buys a lot of legacy, I guess. The UH could really use that money to hire new football coaching staff members. Great news on the new hires though. Finally, an OC! 🙂

  46. SteveM February 7, 2015 6:59 pm

    RE: #28 & 29
    Yes…. Football, Food, Friends, Family, and Fun. Fishing was a 2008 addition.
    …but I don’t blame you for missing it, since we are missing the fun part most of the time nowadays…. 🙁

    Comment from: Long Time UH Fan [Visitor]
    5 F’s: Family, Friends, Football, Food and Fun…:-)
    02/11/07 @ 13:21

    Comment from: Stephen [Member]
    Five Fs
    Two Gs (Gi and Gi)
    02/11/07 @ 15:25

  47. Andrew February 7, 2015 7:20 pm

    UH sure fell apart at the end of that game. Seemed like UCSB could throw up any kind of shot at the end of that game and it would go in. It’s a shame Benji had bad timing on that last timeout since Nevels actually sunk the 3 to tie it. Not to mention Flemming made that crazy shot while falling backwards to tie it but his foot was on the 3 point line…tough, tough loss

  48. A-House February 7, 2015 7:43 pm

    I have watched only a few of the UH MBB games, but came away with a distinct impression that the players, in the 2d half, become laxadasical (like my speling?)by allowing opponents to find open spaces for 3 pts, and Bobbit throws all kinds of crazy passes that’s picked off for scores – yes, he has many steals, but he also has many turnovers – wonder what the ratio is?

    seems like Benji Taylor allows the players freedom to do whatever they want causing the team to lose close games – yes, the team is doing “well”, but Taylor needs to put his foot down and discipline certain players for the sake of the team – being a good guy will not be beneficial to himself and the team

    during the late 60′ and into the early 70s a certain claims department kept telling management that the client pays a lot of premiums, but the amount paid for claims far exceeded the premiums collected – management finally saw the “light” and let the client go

  49. A-House February 7, 2015 7:50 pm

    OK, I jumped the gun about the new DC and OC as 6 pm KITV sports said offers have not been made and accepted and background checks have not started – what kind of checks are needed? moral? criminal? financial? NCAA violations?

    like someone posted earlier – it ain’t so until ST says so!!!

    “win some, lose some” – but, gets kinda tired of losing dragging me down – me like by more happy!!!!!

  50. A-House February 7, 2015 7:55 pm

    how inept is the UH General Counsel’s Office and staff?
    what is their scope of duties and responsibilities?
    I do not know any of the staff, but seems like there is always something “negative”; especially when it comes to coaches contracts

  51. Hopefull UH fan February 7, 2015 8:21 pm

    I hope they can get a better AD, this program needs funding and more support…

  52. BigWave96744 February 7, 2015 9:04 pm

    Interesting that one player that Don Bailey will know is Duke Bukoski, who was recruited by Idaho St and spent his freshman year there.

  53. Silipa February 7, 2015 9:04 pm

    You know that Reardon is licking his chops in writing about the hiring of Mason and Bailey. “Who are these guys ?” “Are those the best coaches Chow could find?” “Why couldn’t Chow hire Lane Kiffin?” It increases readership.

  54. Z February 7, 2015 9:11 pm

    Way to go wahine. With todays win they move to the top spot in the conference.

  55. st. anthony trojan February 7, 2015 9:28 pm

    me thought…can only ‘jump the gun’…when have a race…seems at UH…there is never a ‘race’ or rush to hire or extend contracts….no need to apologize that one ….A-HOUSE…

  56. Korea February 7, 2015 9:30 pm

    Is Reardon the oldyobo of the Star-Advertiser. I enjoy reading both of their comments. They know how to stir the pot.

  57. turfwar February 7, 2015 9:42 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrkXT8fhqgw Pretty exciting stuff this OC guy brings.

  58. turfwar February 7, 2015 9:47 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrHNkSCAqqc Sorry that was the wrong link. Try this one.

  59. el burro sabio February 7, 2015 11:30 pm

    Mason and Bailey are kinda old for grad assistants

  60. ai-eee-soos February 8, 2015 12:21 am

    Don Bailey’s pay was 76,419, FY 2014 (2013-2014 ?).

    His bio (2013).


  61. Maddog50 February 8, 2015 4:47 am

    So barring unforeseen circumstances we have a DC and an OC. Think both are definite upgrades. The prior DC was a position coach prior to arrival, definitely a plus to have an experienced DC. The OC is like a lot of Gems who kick around at lower levels waiting for the right opportunity coupled with exposure. I think it is the best moves at these positions since NCOS took over. Now there has. To be an accomplished receiver coach kickin kickin. Around out there that can teach route mechanics, catching and ball/body mechanics as it pertains to receiving—seems so simple but a lot like golf……takes awful lot and tons of work just to be decent—-hopefully this is a welcome note to both of these gentlemen—-Go Warriors!!!

  62. Tempmanoa February 8, 2015 4:48 am

    On defense we went from Aranda (now one of the best DC’s in the country and ranked 6th in 2014), to Kaumeyer, to Clune (assistant to Aranda) with Clune doing a good job for a year. Mason had some up and down years at SMU, but he had some shutouts and he held Nevada with Kaepernick to 10 points, and Fresno with Derek Carr to 10 points. Hopefully he will continue to build on what Clune did. As to Bailey, he will bring in more of a wide open passing game, but with some run balance– we should learn more about him soon– the key will be how much freedem will Chow give him and can the two get along.

  63. Maddog50 February 8, 2015 4:48 am

    Supposed to be –since NC took over-

  64. hatakeman February 8, 2015 5:31 am

    The key will be getting these two in time for spring ball. Frankly, I am very surprised Coach Chow is bringing in an offensive coordinator. Perhaps he finally understands the value of good, experienced coaches, and I emphasize experienced coaches, to help him run the offense while he tends to head coaching duties.

  65. hatakeman February 8, 2015 5:33 am

    El burro, your comment #59 gave me a good laugh.

  66. Sangamon Keith February 8, 2015 5:40 am

    Pono … I apologize for yesterday’s misunderstanding. I took your comment (#118) in the wrong way. I agree with you about high schools recruiting kids from other school. Even back in the 1960s, kids were being recruited by different high school. It wasn’t wide spread but, I had one experience when I was asked if I knew Howard Dunham to make a contact but he was already set at St. Louis to play with Jim Nicholson. It wasn’t the coaches back then … instead it was overly enthusiastic fans and alumni.

    The key problem for kids going to schools like Punahou or Iolani is the highly competitive academic environment among your peers. It’s not malicious but kids who can’t keep up are at a real disadvantage. Ever year, Punahou will council several kids to go to another school. I don’t remember anyone being forced to leave except for being caught for fighting, but I know a few students have returned to public schools after problems with the stress of the academics.

    Generally, kids are likely to enter Punahou in kindergarten, after 6th grade or after middle school. So recruiting has to happen early. I haven’t heard of anyone already in a local high school transferring to Punahou accept for strong academic reasons.

    This is just from my experience. Again, sorry fro misunderstanding your meaning.

    Punahou ’68

  67. tom-warriornation February 8, 2015 7:32 am

    Hiring this OC and DC is the best move of Chow’s career–there is finally hope for the future of Warrior football! Hope that Chow does not interfere with the OC’s playcalling. He should just step back and focus on his Head Coach’s duties.

  68. pollypicador February 8, 2015 7:55 am


    Don Bailey (Idaho State) is the 2014 FCS Coordinator of the Year

    Can coach either the QB or WR, so that would mean either Wynn or Matthews is out (?).

  69. C-Pop February 8, 2015 8:18 am

    Clune was LBs coach at Utah State but was Defensive Coordinator at Weber State under Ron McBride.

  70. kev-1 February 8, 2015 8:37 am

    Here are my concerns (albeit far to early to count the chickens) . . .

    1. With a new OC, how much restructuring will be needed on offense? With a new playbook and system (I would assume), I would the offense go through some pretty significant growing pains. I know we definitely need a new offensive mindset, and I am excited if this goes through.

    2. If the offense struggles because of such growing pains, will Chow be buying himself another year as HC after yet another losing season at the excuse of “we implemented a new offense this year, so the struggles were to be expected.”?

    Ah, forget the negativity. Let’s make this happen paper pushers at UH. Get it right for once.

  71. kev-1 February 8, 2015 8:38 am

    that should say “I would expect the offense to go through some significant growing pains.”

    pardon the error

  72. Stephen Tsai February 8, 2015 9:01 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=27644

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