We’re calling an audible.
UH associate head football coach Rich Miano will be today’s guest on the Warrior Beat Show, which will begin at noon.
He’ll discuss the recently completed spring training, as well as this weekend’s activities.
We apologize for the late programming, but, hey, since the band width has been paid, might as well use it.
See you there.
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Former UH offensive lineman Aaron Kia has secured a tryout with the New York Jets. He will participate in the Jets’ organized team activities (OTA), which resumes May 15 in New York.
Read more: Kia to tryout with Jets.
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Did we forget to mention that former UH offensive lineman Raphael Ieru is now an o-lineman/d-lineman with the Fairbanks Grizzlies of the Indoor Football League:?
Here’s how you can follow our adopted team: Grizzlies.
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Happy birthday to the mother of Hawaii Speed and Quickness — the brilliant and gorgeous Lori Miano.
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By popular demand, the Warrior Beat is bringing back the reader profiles. But there’s a twist. Instead of autobiographies, we’re going with bios. At our request, Powderpuff writes about Stretch:
To some he’s known as the “Instigator;” to others – three girls in particular – he’s known as “Uncle.” To coaches and players playing UH, he’s just known. To Tsai-kos on the Warrior Beat blog, he’s known simply as “Stretch.”
Born during the latter half of the year in the early ‘70s, Stretch grew up in East Honolulu. He received his first taste of UH Athletics in the late ‘70s from his grandfather who was one of the early members of Koa Anuenue. Following his graduation from University Lab School, he matriculated (as a certain local sportscaster likes to say…) to the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he graduated from the College of Engineering.
Stretch is a natural leader, but on that first day at UH in Engineering Class, he was lost. Friend and fellow engineer Brandon Chong recalls: “Everyone else was following (or making believe like they were) except this one tall, skinny, Japanese guy next to me who looked as lost as I was. I’m not kidding, Stretch was skinny(er). I asked him, ‘you understanding any of this?’ And he answered with a strong and confident NOPE! From that point on, I knew we could hang out.”
Stretch’s passion for UH Athletics is obvious and he is one guy who’s secure in his fanhood. How many other 30-somethings would you catch wearing a UH (mini)megaphone attached to a lanyard around his neck? Yup, you can spot him a mile away – just like his truck, which of course sports the “UH” tapa logos. He’s no stranger to opposing football coaches at Aloha Stadium – only a few feet and a glass window separates them. His voice often haunts players from visiting teams at Les Murakami Stadium. Strains of “routine fly ball” and “use the doughnut…I’m warning you” have surely echoed in many players’ heads. Most recently at the UH men’s volleyball first-round game, he drew stares and glares from a certain Pepperdine player who heard Stretch yell, “You can’t be Freshman of the Year if you hit zero…ZERO! You are NOTHING…naaaaaah-thing!”
Perhaps what really speaks volumes about Stretch doesn’t come from his mouth, but from others who have known him from pre-Warrior Beat blog days. Kevin Okazaki served as a chaperone/counselor for the Summer Program for the Enhancement of Basic Education – a program for which Stretch was hand-picked in his senior year in high school. Okazaki recalls fondly that Stretch is “fun to be around with…he’s like Peter Pan in tights…a big little boy.” “And I bet if you dared him to run around in tights, he’d do it,” continued Okazaki. All kidding aside, he says Stretch is “very considerate, and would give you the shirt off his back…he’s that generous and that considerate.”
When he’s not busy racking up frequent-flier miles going to work, Stretch can probably be found on the links crushing some balls, playing pranks and practical jokes on his friends…or maybe even helping someone in need.
“When I first met him, I was intimidated, because of his size and the fact that he was quiet. Sometimes quiet people can be misinterpreted since you are not sure what they are thinking…just like me,” says longtime friend Stanford Lee (Sleeze on the blog). “But as it turns out he’s a big guy with an even bigger heart. He’s always willing to help people whether it’s through referrals, driving them around, or even charities. He is also very good with math, especially when it is related to sports.”
Math and sports…yes, pop culture…no. Stretch is the last one you want on your Trivial Pursuit team answering questions about pop culture. Why? Because he’s the first to admit he knows very little about pop culture, movies, television shows, etc. Why? Because he’s too busy living…and that’s no Stretch.
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Not too early to start making plans for the Koa Kid Football Camp.