Money leaders

The financial future of the UH athletic department will be impacted in the coming weeks following last week’s official departures of ‘Ahahui Koa Anuenue leaders Vince Baldemor and Carol Gouveia.

Baldemor, who served as president of the athletic department’s fund-raising organization, completed his UH stint last week. He was hired as HPU’s executive director of athletics in November, but was allowed to remain at UH through the end of the fall semester.

Gouveia, who served as a director of the preferred-seating and parking programs, retired.

Money is power, and Koa Anuenue is largely responsible for getting the money.


  1. Traitmanz December 22, 2013 8:05 am


  2. tommui December 22, 2013 8:13 am


    Somewhere top 10!

  3. Stephen Tsai December 22, 2013 8:20 am

    Is this right? The temperature at kickoff is 70 degrees in the Meadowlands?

  4. azwarrior22 December 22, 2013 8:21 am

    I worked with Koa Anuenue as a student help during my UH years in the early 80’s. It was part of the Promotions Department under Dick Fishback, Asst AD.

  5. Stephen Tsai December 22, 2013 8:25 am

    Dick Fishback … now there’s a blast from the past.

  6. Warrior Dave December 22, 2013 8:26 am

    Director of Preferred Searing and Parking? Where do I apply?

  7. Warrior Dave December 22, 2013 8:30 am

    Good luck to Vince and hooray for Carol! Good luck in your future endeavors and thank you for your years of service.

  8. pu'uwai December 22, 2013 8:39 am

    Aloha kakahiaka.

    Imua Rainbow Warriors!!!

  9. al December 22, 2013 8:42 am

    btw…st thanks for keeping the posts going while you are on vacation.

  10. Stephen Tsai December 22, 2013 8:42 am

    Only if it comes with ahi.

  11. al December 22, 2013 8:42 am

    concerned about davonne bess.

  12. jm2375 December 22, 2013 8:46 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    ST – #3 – probably. It’s in the 60’s in DC. Supposed to go back down to the low 30s by Christmas.

    Where’s my mvb tickets? Less than 2 weeks till the first game!

    Go Warriors! Beat the ponies!

  13. Stephen Tsai December 22, 2013 8:47 am

    I’m running out of things to write about. The offseason is really, really long.

  14. Stephen Tsai December 22, 2013 8:49 am

    I’m sore. I tried to break dance at last night’s Christmas party. Ended up breaking myself. Fat guys can spin. Stopping is the problem.

  15. al December 22, 2013 9:02 am

    mwahahaha…visual imagery!

  16. al December 22, 2013 9:03 am

    st…throw out some names of potential coaches and let our imaginations run wild with it.

  17. ai-eee-soos December 22, 2013 9:03 am


    rumor is that Rex Ryan told his team yesterday, that he gonna be fired.

  18. al December 22, 2013 9:04 am

    or how about that recruit that got away…?

  19. al December 22, 2013 9:05 am

    …speaking of which, i really thought that we’d sign a qb for the mid year.

  20. jm2375 (iPad) December 22, 2013 9:06 am

    ST -#13 – so start writing about Warrior volleyball! 😆 🙄

  21. kev-1 December 22, 2013 9:19 am


    you seem to know a little to let our imaginations run . . . how about a few names? Which recruit?

  22. SteveM December 22, 2013 9:30 am

    Good morning everyone!

    A cool (72˚F), clear morning in Hawaii!

  23. madeinhawaii December 22, 2013 9:43 am

    Vince Baldemor… Hmm… did UH miss out on the perfect fit A.D. ?

  24. Shoko December 22, 2013 9:46 am

    Just read that Boise State QB Joe Southwick was sent home for violating team rules a day after he got to Hawaii. He was expected to share snaps with Grant Hedrick in his last game of his college career.

    Last time I heard of a player being sent home for the Hawaii Bowl was when two Wolf Pack players were caught shoplifting at the Duty Free Galleria in Waikiki. Apparently, they thought duty-free meant it was their duty to get it for free. 😉

  25. Shoko December 22, 2013 9:49 am

    Anyway, wish everyone a Happy Holidays everyone.

  26. Shoko December 22, 2013 9:51 am

    24. If anyone is interested in the link to the story.

  27. Old School Dave December 22, 2013 10:20 am

    Too bad that Craig Stutzmann was not among the coaches retained at Weber State by new head coach Jay Hill. Only one assistant was kept by Hill, with the rest coming in from Southern Utah’s staff.

  28. Slugger December 22, 2013 10:22 am

    Good morning, gang!

  29. A-House December 22, 2013 10:47 am

    maybe offer the WR coach position to Craig?

    “recruit that got away” – local or mainland?

    would not be surprised to see more de-commits before LOI day – matter of fact probably in mid-to-late January 2014

    conversely, maybe see familiar names making the jump over the pond to UH

  30. Old School Dave December 22, 2013 10:49 am

    Looks like the naming of former Wyoming HC Dave Christiansen as the new OC at Utah was a surprise to the current OC, Dennis Erickson. Erickson has been demoted to running backs coach.

  31. ALLAN December 22, 2013 10:50 am



  32. A-House December 22, 2013 10:56 am

    Is it rue that Big Ben Dew is moving on to another school to pursue his Masters?

    To grad in 3 years in itself is a huge accomplishment, but to play football and maintain a 3.8 GPA — totally exceptional!!!

    if true, a loss for the OL following another transfer – to Baylor – at least he got to a bowl game – perhaps he saw it in the cards and then decided to make the move – says something about UH program and coaching staff

    not an accurate comparison, but still troublesome

  33. A-House December 22, 2013 10:59 am

    sun has finally graced our valley – it “burns” to go outside – don’t ever recall the December sun being so strong in the past – it really “stings”

  34. ALLAN December 22, 2013 11:09 am


  35. Old School Dave December 22, 2013 11:20 am

    Many observers don’t expect former Utah OC Dennis Erickson to remain there as the running backs coach, after being asked to “help out” by HC Kyle Whittingham last year. I wonder if there might be a Dennis Erickson sighting at UH????

    Nah, Chow get too much pride for hire someone like Erickson to run his offense (2 national championship rings).

  36. Old School Dave December 22, 2013 11:21 am

    And no mo money, to boot.

  37. Boya_jr December 22, 2013 11:37 am

    UH better watch their backyard. Although not zero sum since both schools have been around long time, the rise of HPU’s capital needs and needs for community support muddles the drawing power of UH. I see HPU pursing geographic areas that UHAD is neglecting, like the Hawaii diaspora on the Mainland (SF Bay Area specifically). The recent hiring of HPU’s AD former money man for UH might be a signal of more aggressive strategy. Who controls Bishop Street in 10 years, will be a measure of success. I can’t hate on HPU since I’m for Hawaii education causes public and private, I support these causes, but UH better not get complacent. Free money (donations) are finite. UH better revisit and continue to strengthen their community partnerships in and outside Hawaii or in 10 years, things will be different.

  38. Boya_jr December 22, 2013 11:51 am

    HPU also have higher percentage of alums living outside Hawaii. I think in general, I don’t have the statistics to back it up, but a lot more UH grads, me included, are open to and doing well on the Mainland, particularly West Coast, some East Coast cities like NYC. I get the UH foundation phone calls, which are ok and necessary, but more needs to be done to meet this population migration trend. The individual schools like Shidler, has been having some success. One issue is the UHAD and upper campus schools need to work together more (perhaps I never got the email, but a Shidler pre-game networking event before an at SJSU game?).

  39. papajoe2 December 22, 2013 11:52 am

    OSC~ If he’s not working, whatever UH pays for an OC is better than nothing.

  40. gobows December 22, 2013 11:53 am


    okay almost time to start the “rex ryan for dc” stupor


    no shame in using sun block

  41. Hon2255 December 22, 2013 12:00 pm

    Dick Tomey for head man if Koa Anuenue ! He is a great speaker and shod really help with fund raising. Vince for possible future ath director once he gets feet wet.

  42. Boolakanaka December 22, 2013 12:03 pm

    40… If for some Sexy Rexy is let got, he will be snapped in, pardon the pun, a NYC second. Many NFL insiders commend his coaching job this year, and he is known as one of the top defensive minds in the game. At minimum, a 7-figure, DC job is awaiting him.

  43. Inyoface December 22, 2013 12:07 pm

    No money, no honey.

  44. Boolakanaka December 22, 2013 12:13 pm

    While Dick has a Rolodex into all of the old school benefactors, he lacks ties and vision, to anyone younger than 40. I would venture to say, if you were creating a list of criteria for the position, the person would have the following: proven experience with corporate donors; existing relationships w high end net asset individuals/entities; history with UH and Hawai’i; fluidity with social media in development; and the ability to create momentum with small donors, and/or crowdfunding principles and strategy.

  45. Boolakanaka December 22, 2013 1:16 pm

    Oh, one of the folks that I mentioned, who had both bonafides as both a former warrior, a DC and DB coach, and was within our salary range is Kim McCloud, who is going with Dino to Bowling Green.

  46. gobows December 22, 2013 1:18 pm


    thanks, it was just a matter of time before someone foolishly threw rex’s name into the hawaii dc search.

    ed orgeron and clancy pendergast already have been mentioned.

    im not able to tell if people actually believe these highly established coaches would consider taking an assistant job at hawaii or if they are just fantasizing.

    yeah, tomey is totally passed his time. he’s older than mack and chow.

  47. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 22, 2013 1:21 pm


    Oh, can someone just call Pierre Omidyar? Thanks haha.

  48. Bowwar December 22, 2013 1:23 pm

    ST: Thanks once again for the Hawaii Bowl tickets…It will be a nice Christmas present for my family.

  49. gobows December 22, 2013 1:30 pm

    how about kurt gouveia for dc?

  50. Boolakanaka December 22, 2013 1:33 pm

    Pierre, while a Punahou boy, his philanthropic areas of interest are not exactly aligned with Hawaii sports. The bulk of his foundation dollars are towards technology endeavors , rule of law, renewable energy and human rights. Although, Ulupono is his Hawai’i based foundation, that focuses on locally grown good, waster reduction and energy efficiency. With any combined development effort there must be synergy of objectives and values. I can’t see the connection here with Warrior football.

  51. Boolakanaka December 22, 2013 1:34 pm

    Talked about Kurt previously, was formerly not considered because he did not finish his BA degree. Maybe that’s changed ??

  52. ai-eee-soos December 22, 2013 1:34 pm

    that’s even “more foolish”, if there’s such a term.

  53. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 22, 2013 1:40 pm


    gotta build that bridge.

  54. Boolakanaka December 22, 2013 1:49 pm

    53 from folks I know, on both sides, ” his people” were not exactly interested.

  55. al December 22, 2013 2:18 pm

    whats brian cabral up to these days?

  56. Boolakanaka December 22, 2013 2:21 pm

    Good Q!

  57. Boolakanaka December 22, 2013 2:22 pm

    Just found out he is Indiana State.

  58. Boolakanaka December 22, 2013 2:22 pm

    We missed out, he just became the DC.

  59. ai-eee-soos December 22, 2013 2:33 pm

    # 58. – I think he’s been there since he left Colo.;

    don’t know what his capacity was when he first got there, tho.

  60. A-House December 22, 2013 2:52 pm

    I would be very surprised if Chow ever hired a coach with UH ties – only exception is Tuioti and he is gone.

    Notice how many new “coaches” have ties to State of Utah where Chow spent most of his adult life – other than Punahou, what ties does Chow have in Hawaii being away so long and adapting the mainland life style

    Ok Coach, prove me wrong!!!!!!!!!!

  61. A-House December 22, 2013 2:56 pm

    after experiencing the BCS life style, what person would accept a position at UH football – meager facilities, low pay, etc.

    yep, Gibber is an exception coming from USC, but it was assistant coach to HC – same with Beemer

  62. A-House December 22, 2013 2:58 pm

    in this so-called recruiting “dead period”, can UH coaches talk to those wanting to transfer to UH? either a JC eligible for Jan classes or current D1 player with another school type?

  63. Leron December 22, 2013 3:07 pm

    Coaches can communicate by phone but may not have face to face contact with recruits in the dead period.

  64. tommui December 22, 2013 3:24 pm

    Boolakanaka = Pierre only spent two years at Punahou – either grade or middle school.

  65. UHfan808 December 22, 2013 4:31 pm

    Good early evening, Tsai-kos and Lurk-ers! 🙂

  66. ai-eee-soos December 22, 2013 4:35 pm

    odda kine news …. espn

    LAS VEGAS — Steve Sarkisian became USC’s fourth coach in the past four months but would like to have USC’s two interim coaches this season on his staff next season.

    Sarkisian said on Sunday he will reach out to Ed Orgeron, who went 6-2 as USC’s interim head coach, and ask him to be a part of his coaching staff next season.

    Steve Sarkisian says he will reach out to Ed Orgeron to see if USC’s former interim coach would be willing to join the former Washington coach’s staff with the Trojans.

    Clay Helton, who served as USC’s third coach this season during the Trojans’ 45-20 win over Fresno State in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, has already committed to returning to USC next season.

  67. UHfan808 December 22, 2013 4:37 pm

    Some topics I’d be interested to hear you report about RE our players, coaches, and or staff —

    – About what they eat or do to celebrate the holidays?

    – Their plans to prepare for the coming season; what are their goals, ambitions, strategies

    – Challenges they face and or may be facing

    – Interesting things or anecdotes about the players, coaches, and staff

    – How players became interested in playing particular sports (for coaches/staff – interest in coaching/admin), football, UH football, etc

    – Where they’d like to live one day

    – What they’d like to be one day

    – What they’d like to do one day

    – Why they are the way they are, their points of view for why they do what they do; what makes them tick and tock


  68. Don Weir December 22, 2013 5:03 pm

    HPU also scooped up Sam Moku (Damien, UH Football Alum) as vp of their communications/pr department. He has strong ties to the legislature, to the athletics community, and to heavily funded organizations.

  69. boya_jr December 22, 2013 6:20 pm

    Don, thanks, I didn’t know that. UH better up wake up.

  70. boya_jr December 22, 2013 6:35 pm

    In strategy class, I learned the difference of far away threats and near threats. Lot’s of focus about far away threats (MWC deal, college realignment) and internal threats (UH’s AD budget, state and fan support). A small competitor (baby bear cub) can become a large competitor (rabid, man eating grizzly bear).

  71. boya_jr December 22, 2013 6:36 pm

    In strategy class, I learned the difference of far away threats and near threats. Lot’s of focus about far away threats (MWC deal, college realignment) and internal threats (UH’s AD budget, state and fan support). A small competitor (baby bear cub) can become a large competitor (rabid, man eating grizzly bear). Happy Holidays! No worry, be happy.

  72. el burro sabio December 22, 2013 8:05 pm

    boya jr, that’s an important thought, it definitely bears repeating. 😉

  73. Former UH Athlete December 22, 2013 8:07 pm

    41.. I’m with you on the Dick Tomey for Koa Anuenue…

    Just need to remind him that donations go to UH and not SJSU.

  74. al December 22, 2013 9:00 pm

    67…boy those are real girlie questions.

  75. nana December 22, 2013 10:04 pm

    Good crowd at Stan Sherriff. Hope we can win on ESPNU.

  76. markazulu December 22, 2013 10:48 pm

    The best way to make money is to start winning games that needs to happen not just in football but in UH athletics in general

  77. Rodney December 22, 2013 11:05 pm

    Winnable game!!! Come on Gib!!

  78. obachan December 22, 2013 11:44 pm

    winnable except a few players had crappy games not to mention some missed few throws which should be automatic 80% of the time – the players have to step up & execute

  79. Rodney December 22, 2013 11:53 pm

    Want to see bigmen improve their
    Position under basket.why can’t big
    Guys post face up a be a triple threat.
    Bigs to soft,very comfortable with position
    and not wanting to move to better their

  80. Rodney December 23, 2013 12:12 am

    Boise state cheerleaders, wow!!

  81. ai-eee-soos December 23, 2013 1:02 am

    new Army coach?

    a. looks like the triple option will continue

    b. another former UH asst coach?

    Army: Sources tell us that *** Jeff Monken *** will be Army’s next head coach. Monken has served as the head coach at Georgia Southern since November of 2009, compiling a 38-16 record. Army beat writer Sal Interdonato says that the details of the contract are being worked out but official word of the hire may not come until Thursday or Friday (holiday week).

    Georgia Southern had that huge upset over Florida.

  82. papajoe2 December 23, 2013 7:04 am

    Good morning everybody!

  83. wafan December 23, 2013 7:14 am

    Good Monday morning!

  84. Buffoman December 23, 2013 7:40 am

    Watched the game last night. I had a feeling that our guy would miss one of the two free throws. Winners make those shots. We’re not there yet. If the team cannot be counted on to make free throws in critical points in the game, we cannot win big games in big moments.

    The point guards are better than last year but they dribble too much. Maybe the rest of the team is simply standing and not executing the offense or everyone thinks he is “Chris Paul”.

    I also believe that boxing out is a lost technique. Everyone (both teams) simple stand straight up. The days of Dave Cowens, Moses Malone, Wes Unseld and Bill Walton are simply memories when if comes to that piece.

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