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 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 — Bulla.