Warriors to the Rose Bowl

UH confirmed today it will play UCLA in the Rose Bowl on Sept. 9, 2017.

It will be the Warriors’ first appearance in the Rose Bowl.

UH coach Norm Chow, who had served as offensive coordinator at UCLA, praised the Rose Bowl as one of college football’s top venues.

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For ย Grant Steen, the promotion comes with emotion.

“It’s a professional move,” said Steen, who accepted a job as assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at the University of Washington. “It’s bitter, bittersweet. My wife and I love Hawaii, and everything about it.”

The past four years, Steen worked on strength and conditioning with UH’s football, men’s basketball, men’s volleyball, sand volleyball, golf and tennis teams.

Steen joined UH’s S/C staff as a graduate assistant in 2009. He was promoted to full-time in 2010, the year the Warriors won the WAC football title.

“You can’t beat being part of a championship,” Steen said. “I like what we do day to day. Building relationships with the kids is the fun part. The best part is to see them come in as freshman and not knowing what the heck is going on, and then having them leave as seniors, depending on the sport, as All-Americans or going on to play as pros.”

Each year, S/C coordinator Tommy Heffernan stages a clinic. Washington S/C coordinator Ivan Lewis attended a clinic a couple of years ago. He kept in touch with the UH staff, sharing tips. This past spring, Lewis asked Heffernan for permission to offer a job to Steen.

“That’s how it goes,” Steen said. “You know somebody who knows somebody. If you do a good job, I guess, they offer you a job.”

This past football season, Steen often gave the pre-game sermon during football road trips.

“It’s exciting, but it’s hard to leave,” Steen said. “Everybody I worked with at UH has been awesome.”

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Happy birthday to the bald and the beautiful โ€” Bulla.


  1. rage777 June 10, 2013 7:22 am

    Congratulations Mr. Steen.

  2. laulau head June 10, 2013 7:22 am

    Mahalo Grant! Aloha and good luck!

    BEAT USC!!!

  3. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2013 7:23 am

    I think rage777 would like to thank Mr. Steen.

  4. rage777 June 10, 2013 7:24 am

    Grr. ST, please delete those errant posts.

  5. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2013 7:27 am

    Deleted them, Mr. Rage.

  6. LC June 10, 2013 7:29 am

    Money,it’s all about money.

  7. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2013 7:32 am


    It is all about money.

    UH is now down to two full-time S/C coaches for 20 programs. (There are three GAs.)

    I’m sure it will hire another full-timer, going back to three. But that’ still way too little ratio-wise.

  8. HiFlyer June 10, 2013 7:32 am

    Good Morning Hawaii

  9. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2013 7:32 am

    Or is it way too much, ratio-wise. I’m having math problems.

  10. rage777 June 10, 2013 7:36 am

    ST, what are your former non-Star Advertiser colleagues doing now?

  11. tommui June 10, 2013 7:53 am


    Best wishes Mr. Steen!

  12. jm2375 June 10, 2013 8:05 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Best wishes to Mr. Steen in his future endeavors.

    Hope they find someone soon.

  13. Old School Dave June 10, 2013 8:33 am

    Congrats on your new job at UW, Mr. Steen. Thanks for working with the UH athletic teams these past 4 years.

    The athletic facilities at UW are not too shabby:


    Speaking of facilites, check out the athletic complex at Liberty Univ a FCS (I-AA) school. Those religious folks sure have a lot of money to donate.


    Former UH D-line coach Vantz Singletary is an assistant at Liberty Univ.

  14. A-House June 10, 2013 8:34 am

    Mahalo Mr. Steen for your contributions to the student athletes the past 4 years and best of everything to you in your new position at UDub.

    No make “stranger” should UH play Udub in Seattle again!

  15. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2013 8:51 am

    UDub has a large S/C staff. One of the full-timers is a woman, which is helpful because women and men often train differently.

  16. NotNasti June 10, 2013 9:01 am

    I have a son at UW. For a public institution, they throw crazy money at their athletic program. Lot of community support as well (nobody complaining about $$ spent on sports). The student fitness center is about the size of the UH parking structure (students are assessed a mandatory fee to support the construction of the massive building). The athletes have their own workout facility and study center. UW is like a pacific NW version of an SEC school.

  17. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 10, 2013 9:09 am

    For those UH sports fans who are interested in taking on an active role in the future of the Mnoa’s campus – academic and athletic – there are a variety of issues to address in a positive way.

    Money issues – both Department of Athletics Operating and Capital budgets – are important, but so is making sure that the UH System is re-evaluted & updated.

    I am also concerned about the way the NCAA rules & regs, but that’s way, way beyond my abilities.

    BTW – who is responsible for the incredible tons of abble/babble in Stephen’s blog? Why can’t one of the Star-Advertiser’s tech guys address the issue?

  18. Naks8 June 10, 2013 9:20 am

    Good luck steen. Hopefully UH replaces him instead of just letting the position die

  19. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 10, 2013 9:45 am

    Whoops! Two words misspelled: Mnoa’s should be Manoa’s and re-evaluted should be re-evaluated. One missing word: NCAA rules & regs operate.

  20. Jesse(James) June 10, 2013 10:06 am

    Good morning Tsaikos….

    Great to have you back ST.

    Congrats and Best Wishes to Mr. Steen!!!

  21. Kekoa June 10, 2013 10:29 am

    Ahhh…so nice to be back in the comfortable environs of the Blog Cabin! Howzit Tsaiko villagers!

    Whew, had plenny ohana hangin’ out at the hale the past 2 weeks for the 2013 Hanakeawe reunion. Apologies out to all the Life Guards & 1st responders for being on high alert for these ‘dry land’ Hawaiians. Those large swells were too much for those who have not seen the ocean in many years.

    Next one scheduled for Jun 2015 in Monterey CA. I’m sending advance warnings to all the eating establishments on the Wharf. (They always run out of Clam chowder wen the crew settles in for dinner).

  22. mo808 June 10, 2013 10:51 am

    Morning Folks.

    Best wishes to Mr. Steen! Mahalo!

  23. Shadow June 10, 2013 11:23 am

    Check UW’s football website on their incoming signees. I can’t find squat on the UH site. Why can’t the same be done for our home team? The website is our window to the world that shows our pride & commitment. Wouldn’t take much take much money to do that . . .

  24. SteveM June 10, 2013 11:23 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Best wishes for Grant Steen!

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  26. SteveM June 10, 2013 11:31 am

    psssst…today is Bulla’s birthday…


  27. whitey June 10, 2013 11:44 am

    bulla, bulla, bulla, bulla. happy birthday big guy.

  28. Slugger June 10, 2013 11:58 am

    Congratulations, Grant Steen!

  29. Slugger June 10, 2013 11:59 am


  30. Slugger June 10, 2013 12:00 pm

    Hi, ST & Tsaikos!

    I’m calling a CC at Hale ‘Ikena on July 26…

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  33. tommui June 10, 2013 12:22 pm


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  34. mo808 June 10, 2013 1:17 pm

    Happy Birthday Blessings, Bulla!

  35. wafan June 10, 2013 1:40 pm

    Good afternoon!

  36. wafan June 10, 2013 1:40 pm

    It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood, . . .

  37. wafan June 10, 2013 1:57 pm

    Happy birthday, Bulla!


    Listen from 1:00 to 1:34 mark and then from the 9:00 minute mark.

  38. madeinhawaii June 10, 2013 2:16 pm

    How is Bulla doing after having his MSG attack? Hope he’s enjoying his birthday.

  39. wafan June 10, 2013 2:19 pm

    Good luck to Mr. Steen!

    I sure hope you like the change in weather.

  40. PolyMom June 10, 2013 2:19 pm

    We wish you well in your future with the Sark and UW.

    Go Warriors beat SC!

  41. Jesse(James) June 10, 2013 2:22 pm

    UH Gonna play UCLA….

  42. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2013 2:30 pm

    Bruins beware!

    Happy Birthday Bulla!

  43. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2013 2:30 pm

    Mahalo Mr. Steen – good luck at UW!

  44. Kekoa June 10, 2013 3:03 pm

    Happy Birthday to the Bulla of the Tsaiko Blog Cabin participants! 3 cheers and a double shaka for my braddah Bull.

  45. wafan June 10, 2013 3:49 pm

    3 more wake ups to go!


  46. whitey June 10, 2013 3:58 pm

    Boston Tee party on Tuesday

  47. d1shima June 10, 2013 4:27 pm

    Happy Birthday Bulla!

  48. Buffoman June 10, 2013 6:33 pm

    Ben Jay is really changing the way UH will go into the future. This will help with recruiting and on all fronts. It will force improvement in performance and facilities. Brilliant.

  49. tommui June 10, 2013 6:45 pm

    Happy birthday Big Guy!

  50. Ipu Man June 10, 2013 7:04 pm

    Bulla, “Nearer My God To Thee”…:>)


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  52. Warrior Dave June 10, 2013 7:46 pm

    Happy Birthday Bulla!!!

  53. Bulla June 10, 2013 7:52 pm

    aloha everyone,

    MAHALO NUI LOA for all the Bday wishes. it has been a wonderful day to say the very least. Staying in town at a very nice hotel, 34 floors above Waikiki Beach….whew…. very nice.

    I am fully recovered from my Friday episode with my allergic reaction to sulfates that were in some food that I ate so it prompted my 911 call. Now I have an Epi Pen to use the next time this happens, it it happens.

    A big shout out to all the Tsaikos….time flies my beloved, make memories, make memories, make memories.

    I know we have not seen each other often of late, but I am in the prisons 6 nights a week, still working full time for Aqua Hotels, and Convoy of Hope is coming again this year to both Oahu and Molokai.

    Every night Monday thru Friday at 9:30 pm I have a radio program on 99.5 fm called ‘Free Inside’. our website is http://www.freeinsideministry.org if you’d like to take a look.

    blessings to all, hugs to all, and keep up the good fight ๐Ÿ™‚ mahalo for thinking of me on my 27×2 bday

  54. Buffoman June 10, 2013 8:13 pm

    I watched the special about Dr. J. he was simply electric and I consider myself lucky that I got to see him live at the HIC. If he was not the most spectacular and one of the most important players to ever play he certainly has to be thought of in that conversation.

    That piece of his playing at Ruckers was nuts. People all over the place to see the Dr. operate. And those dunks were so effortless and unchoriographed(sp?).

  55. Ballpicker702 June 10, 2013 8:19 pm

    Don Murphy on diners, drive inns and dives showing off his recipes for success.

    Nice! Way to go and. Murphy!

  56. Ballpicker702 June 10, 2013 8:20 pm

    Mr. Murphy. Stupid auto spell.

  57. 3-Prong June 10, 2013 8:53 pm

    Eh Buffoman, I was dea too to see The Doctor too. My all time favorite player.

  58. mo808 June 10, 2013 9:16 pm

    @56. Bulla, God bless you and your faithfulness to Him! May God keep you and protect you always, and may you have many more BD’s to come! ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. papajoe2 June 10, 2013 9:41 pm

    Happy Birthweek Bulla!

  60. Kapahulu June 10, 2013 10:35 pm

    Aloha from Greece!

    Two days ago we went to see The Ruins of Pompeii. It was a lot larger and sophisticated than I had expected. It was amazing what they had 2 thousand years ago.

    We also went to the Bay of Naples and saw Famous Beach, Bikini Beach and the Island of Capri. It is beautiful here and the weather is a lot like Hawaii.

    Today we are heading to Patmos Greece to visit the Grotto of Revelation of St. John.

    Tomorrow we head to Kusadasi Turkey to visit the final home of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    Glad to hear that UH is finally going to play UCLA in Football. I’ve been waiting for that matchup for a long time. I may take that trip to the Rose Bowl to see that game.

    We are on the Cruise Ship Pacific Princess (The New Love Boat). I like being on a smaller ship (only 600 passengers with 300 crew). Of course the food is great as usual.

  61. SteveM June 10, 2013 10:35 pm

    Rather than post a photo of Bulla, we were fortunate to have a movie of him delivering his speech on Tsai-ko Culture (by LizKauai). A very descriptive view of the spirit and camaraderie of Tsai-kos. Geee, you would think Bulla was an english major or somethin’…

    Click here: Tsai-ko Culture by Bulla, 2008 (12:30)

  62. wafan June 11, 2013 2:41 am

    Good morning!

  63. wafan June 11, 2013 2:43 am

    Hmmmmmmm, UCLA. Might be a possible trip.

  64. wafan June 11, 2013 2:45 am

    80 with spam and the lolo. Otherwise somewhere in the 60’s!


  65. Slugger June 11, 2013 5:45 am


    tommui, will have to email you when I get to a PC.

  66. d1shima June 11, 2013 6:42 am

    tommui, will have to email you when I get to a PC.

    ๐Ÿ˜• ๐Ÿ˜ˆ :mrgreen:

  67. PolyMom June 11, 2013 7:00 am

    Great field to play on. The last time my feet touched that field Norm Chow was working at the OC for the Bruins.

    Heck…that’s my Cali team.

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