One of our favorites is rejoining the Warrior football team.
David “Happy” Gilmore, a safety who completed his eligibility in 2003, will serve as a graduate assistant this season. Gilmore will work with the defensive backs.
“This is a great opportuity,” Gilmore said. “I couldn’t pass it up.”
After earning his bachelor’s degree in travel industry management, Gilmore managed a popular restaurant in Waikiki. He then moved to San Diego, where he has worked in the group-benefits business.
UH associate head coach Rich Miano and assistant coaches Nick Rolovich and Brian Smith urged head coach Greg McMackin to consider Gilmore.McMackin was the UH defensive coordinator in 1999, when Gilmore was a walk-on freshman.
“I don’t think he knew me too much,” Gilmore said. “I think I was fourth string.”
But Gilmore was a hard-working player and a diligent student of the game. He ascended the depth chart, and at the start of his junior season, he was awarded a football scholarship. He was a part-time starter as a senior, when he played despite a herniated disk. Gilmore said he will move to Hawai‘i next Saturday. He will stay with former teammate Keani Alapa, now a police officer.
“I’m excited to get back and work with college kids, helping them graduate and do the right things,” Gilmore said.
That’s Gilmore (green jersey) making the tackle in practice:
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Defensive end David Veikune has gained 5 pounds and now weighs 255.
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Expect big things this season from cornerback Calvin Roberts and strong safety Erik “E-Rob” Robinson. They, like cornerback Ryan Mouton, were delayed in starting their UH careers last summer while awaiting certification from the NCAA Clearinghouse. Now that Robinson (pictured on the right) has fully healed from shoulder surgery, both players should be ready entering their senior year.
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Happy birthday to Midori7, a pure-hearted UH sports fan and a great neighbor. Here is Midori7 (left) with Ronnie: