Tommy Heffernan will be in charge of the offseason conditioning program for football, as well as serve as the Warriors’ lead strength coach. As the strength coach, he was in charge of overseeing the athletic department’s overall strength and conditioning programs.
“I like that Tommy is great with the players,” UH head coach Greg McMackin said. “He’s very organized, and detailed. He’s very computer literate. He is always going to clinics and camps to improve his knowledge. He’s an excellent teacher. He’s a tireless worker. I’m really excited about having Tommy as our strength coach.”
Mel deLaura, who had served as the Warriors’ lead strength coach for 10 years, will remain on the UH weight-room staff. He will focus on working with the women’s teams.
“We appreciate what Mel did for our program,” McMackin said. “He’ll still remain part of our University of Hawai‘i family.”
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We’re sorry to hear about Liz Chun’s announced departure from Hawaii News Now.
It’s been a tough year for Liz. Double-duty as KGMB sports anchor/director and host of the Coach Mack Show was taxing. In addition, she helped care for her father, who recently passed away.
Liz is respected, not just because she was Hawai‘i’s first female TV sports director, but also for her tireless work. And she came up through the ranks, starting off as a camera operator.
Hopefully, this is just a well-needed hiatus.
In the meantime, we’ll miss her.
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During halftime of tonight’s UH-Louisiana Tech basketball game, Erika Buder-Nakasone will be honored as recipient of the Kane Fernandez Award for community service.
Buder-Nakasone, a former UH cheerleader and coach, volunteers as executive director of Letterwinners Club. According to a news release, her duties include overseeing a 30-member board, handling a 1,200-member database, and coordinating receptions in Hawai‘i and on the Mainland.
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Happy birthday to the very lovely and funny Jeannie Lee, who sometimes moonlights as my joke writer.