Nearly three months after Neal Iwamoto’s departure from the UH media relations department, Michael Stambaugh has been hired as his permanent replacement. Stambaugh, for now, is assigned baseball, a sport he handled in 5 1/2 years at Bethune-Cookman University.
The hiring shows the lengths it takes to fill positions at UH.
But UH also can go to a hurry-up mode. In December, Kaui Awong was added as a casual hire to handle media relations for men’s volleyball.
In January, Jeff Hall moved from associate head coach in men’s volleyball to head coach of the sand volleyball team and associate head coach of the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team. Spencer McLachlin, who was a volunteer for the volleyball Warriors, was added as an assistant coach on a casual-hire basis.
If needed, UH can accelerate the process, such as when Greg McMackin was hired to replace June Jones, who departed the football program a month before signing day.
The men’s basketball staff was replenished after the head coach and an assistant coach were fired.
That’s what makes the AD situation unique. The soon-to-be-former AD is, in essence, serving as the interim AD.