Takahara-Dias out

The season had barely ended when Dana Takahara-Dias was told she was being released as the Rainbow Wahine’s head basketball coach.

It’s unfortunate it didn’t work out.

The search begins.

* * * * *

Pro day is pau, and now former Warriors are preparing for the next step.

Kaniela Tuipulotu

“I’m rehabbing and getting healthy,” said Tuipulotu, who suffered a pulled hamstring while running the 40. He said he will rely on physical therapy to rehab his right leg.

His right shoulder is another matter. He is debating whether to undergo a procedure to heal the glitch in the shoulder that kept him from bench-pressing during pro day. “I have to figure that out,” he said.

For now, he is trying to get back into the groove, and that includes his usual power breakfast. “I’m at the Hukilau Cafe,” he said of the popular North Shore eatery. “I’m having the loco moco.”

On the Tuipulotu scale, it earned a “mean” rating.

“It hasn’t failed me yet,” he said. “It’s always been good.”

Royce Pollard

Pollard did well in the vertical jump (37 inches) and broad jump (10 feet, 6 inches), but wasn’t at his best in the 40 (4.59 seconds) and struggled in the pro shuttle (4.39 seconds). Pollard was among several who had difficulty turning on the turf, a one-piece surface that appeared to cling to cleats momentarily on deep-plant cuts. “You could see the turf rising up,” Pollard said.

He is seeking a guest workout at pro days in San Diego, where he was raised. He said he wants a re-do on the 40 and pro shuttle.

Pollard will learn this week whether he will receive an invitation to Calgary’s camp in June. His dream, for now, is to earn a berth in an NFL camp.

Corey Paredes

Paredes was the surprise of pro day, with impressive results in the speed and jumping disciplines. He was scolded a few times for not locking his arms during the 225-pound bench press, but was only deducted one rep. He was credited with 27 reps.

Paredes is awaiting follow-up calls from NFL teams in the hope of landing private workouts. “He’ll be in Hawaii preparing for whatever comes next,” agent Alan Cunanan said.


  1. 702WarriorFan March 7, 2012 7:44 am

    Good Morning – ST, thanks for the updates

  2. 702WarriorFan March 7, 2012 7:47 am

    When will the San Mateo player decision be finalized?

    Can’t wait for spring training camp info.

  3. wafan March 7, 2012 7:49 am

    Made the top 5 for the first time in a long time.

  4. wafan March 7, 2012 7:49 am

    Fix those glitches, Warriors!

  5. wafan March 7, 2012 7:49 am

    ‘k back to work.


  6. mo808 March 7, 2012 7:49 am

    Morning the sun is out!

  7. 702WarriorFan March 7, 2012 7:50 am

    Where’s everyone?

    Hope Tsaikos not washed away….. been blowing in the valley and a friend told me he lost a tree in his backyard which was blown into his neighbor’s yard.

  8. Stephen Tsai March 7, 2012 7:53 am

    It’s still raining here.

    That’s why I miss Kathy Muneno.

    She wouldn’t mislead us on the end of rain.

  9. Southbay March 7, 2012 8:02 am

    Yes anything new on Fanaika or has that ship sailed?

  10. Buffoman March 7, 2012 8:03 am

    Yes, I too was misled.

  11. Da Punchbowl Kid March 7, 2012 8:03 am


  12. Da Punchbowl Kid March 7, 2012 8:08 am

    Happy for Corey.

    Rootin’ for all o’ the hopefuls.

  13. al March 7, 2012 8:11 am

    hasn’t the hawaii pro day always been held at the same place?

    haven’t they had the same problems with the running surfaces?

    just wondering and thinking why we still go there?

  14. Stud March 7, 2012 8:18 am

    Yes it has always been at the home depot center these past few years. An players have always noted how difficult the cutting ability was on the turf they have set up.

    I was there an noticed the same effect on the turf. It crunched up lik a carpet when you saw the players stopping an making cuts to change direction. It simply was a carpet sliding out from underneath them.


  15. 808Bowler March 7, 2012 8:20 am

    Morning everyone. Wow can’t believe the sun is out.!

  16. ai-eee-soos March 7, 2012 8:20 am

    Good Luck to all the pro hopefuls.

    Go Warriors !!!

  17. Da Punchbowl Kid March 7, 2012 8:28 am

    Thanks for that post, Stud. You’d think they might fix sumfin like that.

  18. Kekoa March 7, 2012 8:33 am

    After Action report from the Blogmeister at the Pro Day trials was spot on. Good job ST.

    Our Warriors did us proud once again! Keep the faith and don’t stop reaching for the stars.

    702warrior ~ It felt like we were in LV during one of your famous *Flash Flood* events.

    The Ceded lands is a bit soggy, but better days ahead. All of Ke Akua’s creatures big & small seemed to find refuge on my front porch.

    Go Warriors!

  19. LETS GO BOWS March 7, 2012 8:38 am

    forget about fanaika fehoko if he wanted to be a warrior he would of been here already, we have guys here who can play his position.

  20. polywarrior4life March 7, 2012 8:38 am

    Good Morning Tsai,

    Hard luck to Kaneala, keep moving forward and never give up. CP is a beast! Want to wish dem warriors all the best. Like NC said, “Keep chasing your dreams”.

    Go Warriors!

  21. Couch potato March 7, 2012 8:39 am

    do other schools use the same field for their pro days? how does it affect their results?

  22. Couch potato March 7, 2012 8:42 am

    polywarrior4life, for a second i thought you were referring to me. 😆

  23. al March 7, 2012 8:43 am

    the sun is out…and its amazing how fast the weeds have grown.

  24. Da Punchbowl Kid March 7, 2012 8:45 am

    #19 –

    Yes. We have some excellent folks at O-line. Having Fehoko Fanaika would only make us better. Nuff said.

  25. Da Punchbowl Kid March 7, 2012 8:46 am


    The sun is out, but are the birdies singin’? Still waitin’ for word about u no hu.

  26. A-House March 7, 2012 8:49 am


    if you had a choice of the San Mateo kid or Kohler of St Louis, which would it be?

    of course it would be most delictable to have both!

  27. Stephen Tsai March 7, 2012 8:51 am

    Fanaika is a good offensive lineman, and UH needs offensive linemen. UH was supposed to give him a drop-dead date this week.

  28. Da Punchbowl Kid March 7, 2012 8:54 am


  29. Stephen Tsai March 7, 2012 8:57 am


    Where I sit, it’s still dark, cloudy and wet.

    Guy and the Justins have misled me.

  30. Wes'side Warrior March 7, 2012 9:09 am

    Howzit, everyone!

    Time to dry up already! Rain is good, but too much… not so good… just ask those guys who didn’t believe Noah… oh no can, they all gone already.

    Anyways, I wouldn’t want to be in Louisiana. Here in Georgia, we get those tornado warnings every once in a while. I think Louisiana gets both tornado and hurricane.

    Forget everywhere else. Coach Chow is building something new and great. Just you wait and see. We’re not even pau with step one yet.

    Tough schedule this upcoming season. But I believe our Warriors will respond!

  31. Couch potato March 7, 2012 9:09 am

    hagi and his favorite word “squishy”. most times going be cloudy or rainy somewhere on the islands. right now it’s sunny for me.

    and yeah, going be tough to have any former Warrior drafted by the nfl this year.

  32. SteveM March 7, 2012 9:12 am

    Good morning everyone!

    …and it is with the sun shining between the dark cloud patches and no rain in upper downtown Hono.

    Wonder if whitey has emerged from his storm shelter yet… 😕

  33. tom mui March 7, 2012 9:13 am


    Nice to see the sun out.

    Interesting to see all the water hazzards at Ala Wai golf course.

    Best to Pollard, Tuipolutu and Paredes!

  34. Couch potato March 7, 2012 9:13 am

    i don’t think noah got the word out to the africans, asians, europeans, north and south americans but yet they all survived the great flood.

  35. Haleakala March 7, 2012 9:13 am

    Didn’t get much rain on Maui. I was hoping for a little more. I found the weather warm at home after returning from New York city a couple days. However New York itself had fairly good weather for the season according to the locals including WarriorNY. The temperature ranged from 32 to 55 degrees. It drizzled a couple days while we were there but otherwise it was pretty nice.

  36. al March 7, 2012 9:23 am

    ahouse…lobster or king crab legs?

    filet mignon or new york steak?

    we need olinemen who can compete this year. no two ways about it.

    thus, for me, we need fanaika today.

    we need to develope for the future today for tomorrow. so we need to recruit 4-5 olinemen every year.

    thus, we need a guy like koehler.

    we are very thin this year coming at oline.

    we need to fix it now.

  37. jm2375 March 7, 2012 9:24 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Dry at the moment on my side of Kailua. 😀 Hoping the pool that used to be my yard dries up soon.

    Best wishes to all those who participated in Pro Day.

  38. Sunday Saur March 7, 2012 9:25 am

    I was just looking for this information for a while. After 6 hours of continuous Googleing, finally I got it in your website. I wonder what is the Google’s issue that does not rank this kind of informative websites closer to the top. Generally the top web sites are full of garbage.

  39. Wes'side Warrior March 7, 2012 9:44 am

    Didn’t say Noah got word out to the whole world. Those nearby mocked him as he built that ark. They perished. Can’t even make light of the recent deluge without having to be politically correct.

    Back to lurking…

  40. kapakahi March 7, 2012 9:53 am

    #13. al,

    Probably for the following logistical reasons…..IMHO out of convenience for NFL scouts:

    – Easy to locate.

    – Lot of parking.

    – Located less than 6 miles from LAX.

    – Located less than 10 miles from both UCLA and USC.

    While a local JC field….like El Camino College….might be able to accomodate Pro Day, probably tough to find parking with school in session.

    Probably the most viable alternative might be Veteran’s Memorial Stadium down in Long Beach/Lakewood area….with a nice natural grass field surface….but then again that’s 10 miles further south off the 405…..away from LAX, UCLA and USC.

  41. kapakahi March 7, 2012 9:58 am

    #27 & #36,

    At last night’s UH scholarship dinner, an Olineman told me that they’ll probably have a max of 10 Olinemen….not counting any new walk-ons….cleared to participate in Spring Ball.

  42. Couch potato March 7, 2012 10:01 am

    didn’t say he got the word out to the whole world either. guess i can’t make light of a comment without adding a smiley for effect. 🙄

  43. bleedgreen March 7, 2012 10:03 am

    Re O-line, I agree with DPK. ST, what’s your take on the O-line? I am excited to see how the running backs develop, especially Sampson Anguay. His speed should make for a threat that Hawaii has been missing. Joey at FB should give defenses that much more to worry about. Plus there’s Leaf and Jackson to make the RB position good or very good.

  44. whitey March 7, 2012 10:04 am

    Good morning Tsaikos and a happy sunshine day to all of you.

  45. kapakahi March 7, 2012 10:05 am

    #27 & #36,

    JMHO but gonna be tough for UH to sign alot of Olinemen for Class of 2013….considering that probably only about 15 scholies will be available…..since so few scholie seniors this coming 2012 season.

  46. bleedgreen March 7, 2012 10:08 am

    Oops. Mistake, nix Jackson. Should be Gregory.

  47. whitey March 7, 2012 10:11 am

    i guess to run a top notch program you will need at least 100 player. just on 3 deep you will need 70, but with injuries, redshirt, etc this really puts the pressure on both players and coaches. and you still need a scout team. i think we need more like 18 o linemen, includes the te. then again, wen you get plenty of players, how you goin spend time teaching them all. headache!#$$%^&

  48. Couch potato March 7, 2012 10:31 am

    what’s important? what are your priorities?

    family ➡ Hawaii

    you wanna contribute immediately or sit out a season and learn to be a tigger with no family nearby?

    sign and fax that NLI to UH Athletics c/o Norm Chow. we care like no one else cares.

  49. Kevin March 7, 2012 10:48 am

    This all started with Guy Hagi’s “30% chance on rain on Saturday”.

  50. al March 7, 2012 10:49 am

    kapakahi…uh huh. i threw those questions out regarding the pro day site, because, wouldn’t you want a facility that first and foremost will enhance the results of the prospects rather than be a detriment?

    i am sure that things will improve next year as will everything else that we do these days.

  51. al March 7, 2012 10:50 am

    yup, oline numbers are very shaky right now. however, help is on the way with those coming in including a bouncebacker.

    the sleeper of the class may very well be mike milovale.

  52. Couch potato March 7, 2012 10:54 am

    good luck to the Wahine b-ball team today.

    good luck to the men’s b-ball team tomorrow.

    baseball bows in action again.

    soft-bows in action again tomorrow.

    just noticed the hanneman for congress ad on the sa. kinda cheesy slogan 😆

  53. al March 7, 2012 10:57 am

    although we are looking at about 15 scholies for next year, we may have more by the end of the season.

    typically at any program, there is a natural attrition that occurs annually. scholies free up from academic casualty, homesickness, dissatisfaction (a two way street), and the like. i won’t be surprised if another 5 scholies open up in the future.

  54. whitey March 7, 2012 10:57 am

    still winter, but getting longer days, and closer to spring practice. going be most interesting to see how da warriors stack up and the position changes, but the major difference is going to be how the coaches react and teach. With Discipline, Comes Attitude, Comes Winnah!!!

  55. rico March 7, 2012 10:59 am

    i think all 3 will make nfl rosters. thank you for all the informative info.

  56. whitey March 7, 2012 11:01 am

    wonda if we going see “Green Bay right or left” from the offense.

  57. Garret March 7, 2012 11:04 am

    It sounds like the Warriors are handicapped by the conditions at UH’s Pro Day…I still remember how 3 or 4 of UH’s WRs (Bess/RGM/Rivers/Hawthorne) blew out hamstrings at UH’s 2007 Pro Day, seriously hurting their NFL chances and hurting Colt’s draft position. The slow 40 time was the main reason cited for Bess not being drafted…and it appears that things weren’t any better at the Pro Day this year.

    I understand that UH has to have their Pro Day to accommodate scouts interested in the players from USC and UCLA…but I wish there was a better place available to help the Warriors get a shot at the NFL without being handicapped by the conditions.

  58. Garret March 7, 2012 11:07 am

    Nice article in Maui Now about Coach Chow offering a Baldwin Sophomore.

    “I wasn’t expecting a scholarship offer. I thought he was going to tell me that they’ve been watching me . . . but I’m stoked.”

    The 65-year-old Chow told Hoiem that when he graduates in two years, “I got a scholarship waiting for me” to attend UH.

    “It feels great. It gave me a huge boost of motivation and confidence. Now I feel like working out 10 times harder in the weight room.”

    “He told me, ‘With the skills you have I know you’re going to get other offers, but I wanted to be the first.’ It’s a good feeling to know that he wants me and is willing to make the offer now. I couldn’t be happier.”


  59. whitey March 7, 2012 11:07 am

    back in the old days of the NFL, one of the first prototype de was F Dean. This guy was amazing at his position. Then da warriors had one, A Noga. What a brute. Since then, we have had the Laboys’ and others. The last one was D veikune. Will another emerge this season for da warriors????

  60. slenzi March 7, 2012 11:08 am

    Home Deport field . . . somebody back me up but as i remember it the condition of the field was never a driving factor. UH started going to Home Depot because that is where USC did their pro-day and UH took advantage of the many scouts that came out for the USC pro-day, but would stay another day to see the Warriors.

  61. Couch potato March 7, 2012 11:10 am

    doesn’t seem like the conditions hampered Paredes too much. or just think how much better his numbers may have been given optimal conditions. he’d be that much faster than Pollard? i wonder.

  62. Couch potato March 7, 2012 11:12 am

    slenzi, that’s why i asked if other schools use that field for their pro days. if they do then it is equal and fair assessment for all that participate on that field.

  63. whitey March 7, 2012 11:14 am

    Garret, sometimes it sounds simple to just find another location, but before can start, need to know who is the organizer for this event??? Does it have to be someone who is on the coaching staff or can it be anyone who wants to help UH?? These players are no longer eligible,so would assume that anyone could assist. If so, am sure get plenty alumni or friends who would like to help. Just off the top, Rainbow Cliff.

  64. slenzi March 7, 2012 11:14 am

    Good enough for USC but not good enough for UH . . . i don’t think we will get any sympathy.

  65. cheepono March 7, 2012 11:14 am

    scout gave isaac savaiinaea a 5-star rating and the #2 mlb in the nation. so far he’s definitely following in the footsteps of manti, at least hype wise. here’s to hoping he wants to stay home and represent.

    also gave scott pagano a 4-star rating and #19 dt in the nation.

  66. whitey March 7, 2012 11:15 am

    meant friends in the Los Angles area.

  67. al March 7, 2012 11:20 am

    usc does not hold its pro day at the home depot center…

    “The sun was out on Loker Track Stadium today as NFL coaches, like the Cowboys’ Jason Garrett and Raiders’ Hue Jackson, and team scouts watched the Trojans who took part in USC Pro Day. ”

    its the practice track field for usc.

  68. whitey March 7, 2012 11:23 am

    usc has their pro day at cromwell field. i don’t know if it is a sports field or a shopping center.

  69. Warrior Mojo March 7, 2012 11:25 am

    California Dreaming.

  70. whitey March 7, 2012 11:25 am

    al, thanks, and this guy, Cromwell owns one huge shopping center, so USC is one of the beneficiaries of his donations.

  71. whitey March 7, 2012 11:27 am

    we could use someone like genshiro k.

  72. al March 7, 2012 11:34 am

    i thought he was broke already?

  73. RedZone March 7, 2012 11:42 am

    Wahine loses to La Tech. Season over.

  74. Hawkpeter March 7, 2012 11:53 am

    Graduate Warriors, their agents and trainers, have been complaining about the set up of the UH Pro Day for several years. What goes on is a committee of competing scouts selfishly running the show instead of a centrally controlling person or persons.

    The preparation for the athletes now includes how best to contend with the ridiculous arrangement and timing of the tests. The quality of the facility is subset to the concerns over arrangement. For this year it sounds like there was essentially no official UH involvement beyond media liaison staff.

    If a claim is made, that ‘we want recruits who strive and yearn to play in the NFL’, then they must be wholly supported to do so and there is no more crucial time then at the programs’ Pro Day.

  75. duffer March 7, 2012 12:01 pm

    Tough loss for the Wahines

  76. jkjones March 7, 2012 12:03 pm

    32-58 record for the wahine basketball program over the last 3 seasons. time for change.

  77. d1shima March 7, 2012 12:06 pm

    Wahine BasketB 🙁 ws.

  78. Garret March 7, 2012 12:08 pm

    LSU may get their new kicker from the girl’s soccer team. Interesting how her kickoffs “only” reached the goal line or 5 yard line when she was kicking against a strong wind. She was homecoming queen last year and could be on the football team this year…I wonder if UH has any soccer players that could serve as kickoff kicker when the kicks are falling short…

    The wind wasn’t kind to Mo Isom during her tryout with the LSU football team Tuesday, but it didn’t spoil her debut as the first female to attempt to play major collegiate football since 2003.

    Isom, a goalkeeper on the LSU soccer team from 2008-11, said she had some kickoffs between the 5-yard line and the goal line, but hopes for better conditions when tryouts resume Thursday.

    Isom, who also was last year’s homecoming queen, kicked a 51-yard field goal last August while working out on her own with LSU punter Brad Wing. In 2008, she became the first LSU soccer player to score a 90-yard goal after she boomed a free kick that bounced at the top of the 18-yard box and over the BYU goalkeeper.


  79. Garret March 7, 2012 12:09 pm

    Home Deport field . . . somebody back me up but as i remember it the condition of the field was never a driving factor. UH started going to Home Depot because that is where USC did their pro-day and UH took advantage of the many scouts that came out for the USC pro-day, but would stay another day to see the Warriors.

    USC has their Pro Day at their own facility. UH goes to LA for Pro Day to be close to the scouts, NONE of the other schools have their pro day at Home Depot Center.

  80. duffer March 7, 2012 12:15 pm

    As much as I like Coach DTD I don’t think she’ll be around next season.


    We can discuss this latter. 🙂

  81. d1shima March 7, 2012 12:17 pm

    Where does Manning, Inc. go next?

    Kornheiser relates on PTI rumors that:

    1) won’t be NFC team because doesn’t want to knock off Eli from another SB trip;

    2) won’t be NFC East so won’t have to play against Eli twice per year

    Sowwy, jmxxxx. 😈

  82. papajoe2 March 7, 2012 12:17 pm

    I hope JD moves quickly on DTD one way or the other.

  83. RedZone March 7, 2012 12:19 pm

    I like Jeff Harada who used to be the coach at HPU and is now an assistant at Navy.

  84. Wes'side Warrior March 7, 2012 12:19 pm

    Aren’t there any conference “peers” who could “lend” us their facility to host our Pro Day? I’m sure we could come up with some funding. After all, we probably pay some amount to Home Depot for use of that facility anyways.

  85. jm2375 March 7, 2012 12:42 pm

    d1 – Redskins need someone other than Peyton. If they get him, it’ll be another case of Snyder having way too much money.

  86. kapakahi March 7, 2012 12:46 pm

    Gotta agree 100% with Hawkpeter!

    The problems extend way beyond just the field issues….resulting in alot of unhappy personal trainers and supporters in attendance.

  87. Buffoman March 7, 2012 12:54 pm

    Is Vince Manuwai going to make another run at playing ball? Was his injury bad enough to simply make it too difficult for Vince to get back to truly competing for a spot?

    In the Pro Day event, was there any interest from anyone in Mo?

  88. Ralph March 7, 2012 12:57 pm

    Duffer, JD is a nice guy, everyone I know says he is a nice guy, can a nice guy have the heart to fire DTD and move the program to another level as we enter the Big West?

    The playing field is level with all teams having 15 scholarships to give, and each team is eligible to win the conference championship. It’s a revenue sport that will not ever cover expenses, so that should not be factored in to keep or not keep a coach. Can she produce a winner to challenge for the top of the WAC and the Big West,I say no, I don’t think she will ever be able to put on the court a consistent winner. The current team was not prepared for the challenges in the WAC, it starts with coaching-they were out of rhythm and positioning throughout the season.

  89. Couch potato March 7, 2012 12:57 pm

    the home depot field must’ve been in good shape last year with Pilares credited with a 4.42, Silva with a 4.43, Spencer Smith with a 4.5, Blount – 4.48, Bradley – 4.48, and Dimude – 4.51 in the 40 yard test.

  90. kapakahi March 7, 2012 1:01 pm

    Heard a week or so ago from a former UH player that Vince is working himself back into shape and shed a few pounds for another run at playing with a different NFL team this season.

  91. kapakahi March 7, 2012 1:01 pm

    Heard a week or so ago from a former UH player that Vince is working himself back into shape to shed a few pounds for another run at playing with a different NFL team this season.

  92. Ralph March 7, 2012 1:02 pm

    Duffer, oh you said later, sorry, but anyway I got more stuff. I don’t know who verbalized for next season or who is recruiting, but bottom line, they need athletic wbb players with speed and a touch to shoot the 3’s and jump shots.

  93. cheepono March 7, 2012 1:03 pm

    i don’t think mack thinks jd is “a nice guy” lol

  94. HawaiiMongoose March 7, 2012 1:17 pm

    Ralph, yes the Wahine do need athletic players with speed and touch. And with the brains to qualify for UH admission, pass their classes and earn their degrees. And with the attitudes to be good teammates and not mess up the team’s chemistry. And with the maturity to live an ocean away from friends and family and handle the travel that comes with playing for UH.

    Easier said than done.

    Here are DTD’s recruits so far for next year:


    Moore should help right away. I’m not sold on Roberts or Zeigler.

  95. Kevin March 7, 2012 1:19 pm

    I think the people at CHEVRON HAWAII are nice guys for UH athletics.

  96. Kevin March 7, 2012 1:21 pm

    Just ask Gib about academic qualifiers…

    I think we all should know or at least be able to understand that there are times when UH’s academic requirements hinder a student-athlete’s admission into the school.

  97. jm2375 March 7, 2012 1:27 pm

    Well, you guys got your wish. My head said she wasn’t going to be retained, but my heart wanted her to be.

    Takahara-Dias took the podium for the WAC postgame press conference after she was notified. She was outwardly stoic and answered questions about the game, but declined to discuss her future and conversation with Donovan.


  98. Stretch March 7, 2012 1:28 pm

    All your questions/speculations have been answered….


  99. jm2375 March 7, 2012 1:30 pm

    Best wishes to Dana in her future endeavors. Gotta support a fellow Jr. Bow.

  100. Couch potato March 7, 2012 1:32 pm

    requirements is what it is. pre-college students need to take of business in the classroom first and foremost. many think just because they have a qualifying gpa in the core classes they can ace the SAT or ACT. nope.

  101. duffer March 7, 2012 1:35 pm


    Not dissing anyone on the team but way to many turnovers , not enough assist, poor defense among others. Losing Kuehu was a big blow and getting Adolpho late didn’t help

  102. Ralph March 7, 2012 1:39 pm

    yes we are far away from home for many athletes, men and women, but most persevere- look at the women tennis team, primarily Europeans, and that is more than an ocean away; the wvb team and softball team have more than succeeded in keeping their female athletes happy and eligible, and the list goes on. As a matter of fact, the wbb team under Goo had a great track record of academic excellence.

  103. Couch potato March 7, 2012 1:43 pm

    what other uh head coaches need a closer look?

  104. Ipu Man March 7, 2012 1:43 pm

    Speed for wide receivers ain’t no big thing.

    Anquan Boldin, who was a former quarterback, had 101 receptions as a rookie, an NFL record.

    When he came out of Florida State, many teams were scared due to his lack of speed. However, he quieted all his critics in his first NFL game when he recorded 217 yards.

    Steve Largent also comes to mind.

  105. HawaiiMongoose March 7, 2012 1:46 pm

    More on Moore:

    “Moore is currently averaging 20 points a game with 10 rebounds. If those numbers are not representative of her aptitude, one wouldn’t have to look far from Viking Gym to see that she is a tremendous story. Diane currently has a 3.9 GPA and will be attending the University of Hawaii on scholarship to pursue her degree in Landscape Architecture.”


    Her photo on the team roster page (#21):


    Surprise: her hometown is Nagoya, Japan!

  106. whitey March 7, 2012 1:47 pm

    Thanks and best wishes to Coach Takahara-Dias.

  107. braddahkeems March 7, 2012 1:47 pm

    That sucks the UH women basketball coach got let go…I played music for the basketball banquet 2 years in a row and she is so nice…Not sure now if i’ll play music for them this year at ala moana hotel…Mufi Hanneman’s brother is the one that always hires me…:( Good luck coach in your future !!! God Bless !!!

  108. Stephen Tsai March 7, 2012 1:48 pm

    Let’s hope the hiring process is either quick or thorough, preferably both.

  109. Stephen Tsai March 7, 2012 1:49 pm

    So far, the AD has hired twice as many coaches as he’s fired.

  110. whitey March 7, 2012 1:49 pm

    This also means the entire staff is done and need to prepare for another job. Good luck to all of them and thank you for being part of the rainbow wahine team.

  111. Ralph March 7, 2012 1:50 pm

    I hope the next wbb selection committee or JD does not select an in house coach, we need a coach who can recruit. We need a player who can play at a high skill level who can play at the D1 with the best. There are lots of girls who want to play D1, its the best and highest level outside of the Olympics and WNBA, but not all of whom can play it at a high skill level. We average nearly 20 TO a game; we shot 28% in the second half against La Tech in the second half, those skill level will not win many games.

    Aloha coach Dana, you made a good transition from E Bolla, but it is time for the program to move on and win games and championships.

  112. Couch potato March 7, 2012 1:51 pm

    does Mack count as a “you’re fired” or just a retiree?

  113. HawaiiMongoose March 7, 2012 1:51 pm

    I feel bad for DTD but it was the right decision for the program. I give JD credit for making the tough decision to go in a different direction and doing it quickly. Now as fans we need to throw our full support behind Kamilah, Alyssa, Kanisha, Sydney, Kalei, Vicky, the newcomers like Ashleigh Karaitiana and Diane Moore, and all the rest of the Wahine. Keep your heads up ladies, we’re still behind you and will be rooting for you to do great things next season!

  114. whitey March 7, 2012 1:52 pm

    al, he still get plenty property on Oahu I think, and he has one big parcel next to my home in Kihei.

  115. al March 7, 2012 1:53 pm

    aloha coach dana.

    best wishes in your next endeavor…you gave it your best shot.

  116. Kevin March 7, 2012 1:54 pm

    I’m trying to think how many have been “FIRED” as opposed to not being renewed or “resigning”… under Donovan.

    1) Jim Bolla

  117. al March 7, 2012 1:55 pm

    technically all the dtd recruits for the coming year that are not yet enrolled could go elsewhere.

    the wbb team needs some bigs who can run up and down the floor as well as post up. they need to stretch out to at least 6’2″ as well.

  118. Couch potato March 7, 2012 1:56 pm

    “we shot 28% in the second half against La Tech in the second half”

    does that mean they shot 28% in the last 1/4 of the game? 😆

    Ralph, you state the obvious. now we have another storyline to look forward to. who will be the next wbb coach?

  119. Ralph March 7, 2012 1:57 pm

    Diane Moore looks hapa. I hope she can continue her shooting skills at UH, we need help.

    Jasmine Ray averaged in the 20’s for JUCO 2 years ago, San Bernadino, but left our program at the start of pre season. She didn’t see much action and when she did, she didn’t score or seem to have an easy time shooting at the D1 level.

  120. whitey March 7, 2012 1:57 pm

    for the players they will bounce back, but think that the new program will be drastically different from what they are used to. I don’t follow wbb, but peek to see how they are doing during the season. Hope they can generate crowd enthusiasm like vb and sb in the future.

  121. kapakahi March 7, 2012 1:57 pm


    While they say that “time heals all wounds”, you probably could’ve included Wags too at one time….BUT probably not any more since he participated in last year’s Na Koa Bowl.

  122. al March 7, 2012 1:59 pm

    mbb also needs to get out and get two guards for next year. obviously another pg and an off guard who can put it up from anywhere is needed. the problem is finding room on the roster.

    tough job for gibber, as he needs to decide who of the returning scholarship guys he needs to let go to make room for the much needed players. he is on hot on the trail of a couple jc guys as we speak.

  123. Ralph March 7, 2012 1:59 pm

    ha ha, CP, I had to go back and read my post.. 🙂 good one.

  124. Kevin March 7, 2012 2:02 pm

    In the end, Idaho women’s basketball coach Jon Newlee is still an ***hole.

  125. Couch potato March 7, 2012 2:03 pm

    Kevin, the soccer coach? women’s golf coach resigned. hmmmm, men’s volleyball?

  126. al March 7, 2012 2:03 pm

    mbb…last year’s class is really biting him in the rear. all of the much heralded talent didn’t make it through deshawn mitchell, gerry blakes, dillon biggs, ronnie stevens for example.

    those were talented young men who could have made an immediate impact this year. when they fell through the academic crack so did this year’s team.

    back to the drawing board…

  127. kapakahi March 7, 2012 2:04 pm


    Good luck to DTD!

    BTW, our buddy Robert “Bobby” K. might be sitting on the bench for UH’s 4th WBB coach in a decade.

  128. TaeBo Jackson March 7, 2012 2:04 pm

    Vinnie C went deep for the Mariners today.


  129. whitey March 7, 2012 2:04 pm

    wbb is rated higher than wvb when there are scholarship offered. I assume that wbb is a revenue sport and wvb in non-revenue. if that is the case, why is the wvb team front line taller than the wbb team????

  130. Steve March 7, 2012 2:06 pm

    ST, do you think Vince Goo would return? Also, do not be surprised if the Kuehu sisters are reunited depending on who the new HC is.

  131. d1shima March 7, 2012 2:07 pm

    No need run as much in vb

  132. al March 7, 2012 2:07 pm

    one of the early recruits signed in november may not make it through (again), but, he is a big which we have an ample supply of, if you include standhardinger and the other recruit.

    that leaves us with one more scholie available if everyone comes back. yet, as mentioned earlier we need two or three more guys to make this team whole.

  133. Couch potato March 7, 2012 2:08 pm

    the water polo coach fired?

  134. Steve March 7, 2012 2:08 pm

    To bad the decision was not made earlier, could have kept the 2 Konawaena girls home. Maybe, they will decide to return home after sitting out one year. Just wishing.

  135. Ralph March 7, 2012 2:08 pm

    2 seasons ago the women BB team could have fielded 6 footers in the 3,4 and 5 positions all game long. But they were always out of position-that’s coaching; out rebounded-again poor positioning, and they couldn’t shoot a lick. Dew is 6’3 and Adolpho is 6’1 or 6’2, both sat on the bench much of the game. I think if we had a knowledgeable coach, he or she could have coached Dew to develop skill sets to help this team. Her lack of improvement is laid on the coaches, she runs well for her size, very physical under the boards, but she needed coaching to develop her footwork, her positioning and find a shot that she can handle with ease.

  136. Kevin March 7, 2012 2:08 pm

    Former wahine soccer coach Pinsom Tenzing “retired”.

    Former wahine waterpolo coach was not renewed.

  137. HiFlyer March 7, 2012 2:09 pm

    Water Polo

  138. al March 7, 2012 2:09 pm

    kapakahi…that would be interesting if he did. spoke with him on several occasions as i was passing through his work place.

  139. jkjones March 7, 2012 2:10 pm

    OK. Donovan is growing up. Now, do away with the Matayoshi committees and delete Mufi from your 4G speed dial…. last time, these committees took forever, did nothing and selected a community coach in a 11th hour political move.

    And, select a coach who will clean house ala Chow and has a sufficent network to select assistants and has more ideas to succeed than excuses to fail. For the wahine BB program,

    failure has been the norm with the past two selections–third time is charm–do it right!

  140. Kevin March 7, 2012 2:11 pm

    Excuse me, former wahine waterpolo coach Michel Roy did not have his contract renewed.

  141. Steve March 7, 2012 2:12 pm

    Hoping Coach Gib is keeping in contact with those 3 players that did not make it in, and are attending JC right now. We could use them in 2 years.

  142. Ralph March 7, 2012 2:13 pm

    yup, the water polo coach was fired…don’t know which AD pulled the trigger. His teams were always ranked and very competitive. This season the WP team is coached by a former Punahou WP star who did very well at UCLA, her team is at 5-7 with Stanford coming in for a match this Saturday.

  143. Couch potato March 7, 2012 2:13 pm

    Ralph, are you a former coach or still helping coach somewhere? you should have volunteered to help the post players for DTD. too late now.

  144. Stephen Tsai March 7, 2012 2:14 pm


    Interesting that “Bobby K” opted to “retire” from fast-pitch softball.

  145. Steve March 7, 2012 2:15 pm

    al, or any other Tsaiko, do you think Coach Goo should be on the committee to select the next WBB Coach?

  146. Kevin March 7, 2012 2:15 pm


    Reading comprehension. There is a difference in “FIRED” and letting a contract run out and not renewing it.


  147. Steve March 7, 2012 2:16 pm

    ST, is “Bobby K” the one from Konawaena?

  148. Ralph March 7, 2012 2:16 pm

    not renewed,or fired, bottom line, a new coach is hired. I wonder if the separation has to do with the amount of money to be paid, if at all, based on how the coach is removed-retired, not renewed, or simply, fired.

  149. Couch potato March 7, 2012 2:19 pm

    nah, bobby k. none other than Bobby Knight. 😆

  150. al March 7, 2012 2:20 pm

    ralph…i hear what you are saying. howeve, i politely disagree with your assessment. without knocking any individual players of the wbb team on a personal level, the problem clearly is that you have to start off with d-1 athletes before you can field a quality, competitive d-1 team.

    to be athletic is key to playing at each level. size alone will not make for a great player.

    coaching can take them to a higher level, but, is limited to the amount of talent you have on the bench.

    recruiting is the heart of any team at any level. i believe dtd’s downfall to be the inability to recruit. having been out of the loop in the recruiting circles was her achilles heal and she did not have an assistant who could help find and recruit the upper echelon player.

    granted there are some good players on her roster, but, they need a complete cast.

  151. Kevin March 7, 2012 2:22 pm

    My bottom line is I was originally asking who was actually FIRED and how many have let their contracts run out and “resigned” or “retired”.

    AND yes it does make a difference $$$$$$$$-wise, which does matter in the UH financial books.

  152. Steve March 7, 2012 2:24 pm

    Rebecca Dew was a waste, not her fault. With any kind of coaching she could have been an above average player, and really helped this team. Hopefully, now, people will be able to see the real potential in Adolpho, with good coaching.

  153. Kevin March 7, 2012 2:25 pm

    The day Bobby Knight plays FASTpitch softball will be the day.

    SLOWpitch I can understand…

  154. Couch potato March 7, 2012 2:28 pm

    Bobby Knight does throw a mean underhand chair.

  155. kapakahi March 7, 2012 2:29 pm

    Different Bobby K. Just a mutual friend of ours….from back in our Manoa days.

  156. Couch potato March 7, 2012 2:31 pm

    yeah, the one who is in the circle of honor. 😉

  157. Steve March 7, 2012 2:33 pm

    New Head Coach diffinitely needs contacts on the West Coach, since the Wahine are moving to the Big West. Wonder if any of the PAC 12 assistant coaches would be interested. Especially the ones located in California.

  158. Steve March 7, 2012 2:33 pm

    Coach = coast

  159. al March 7, 2012 2:36 pm

    145…no. he had his chance.

  160. Couch potato March 7, 2012 2:37 pm

    solar flares are affecting comprehension, grammar, speech, and spelling. looking forward to december when all the sun’s fury is unleashed on planet earth. 😥

  161. al March 7, 2012 2:37 pm

    we need a proven recruiter as did the football, mbb, and others.

  162. Warriorbacker March 7, 2012 2:39 pm

    Jim Donovan needs to look at former basketbow Mark Campbell, current assistant at Oregon State women’s team that has improved a ton since he got there. At least give him an interview.

  163. koakane ip4 March 7, 2012 2:43 pm

    ehpeg ralphie you got your wish DTD is done

  164. koakane ip4 March 7, 2012 2:44 pm

    sorry it’s just eh

  165. al March 7, 2012 2:52 pm

    mark campbell…interesting suggestion. could we pay him enough?

  166. Kevin March 7, 2012 3:02 pm

    With all this “pro-day” talk…


  167. Kevin March 7, 2012 3:06 pm

    Sorry, got a text message with the news about Ricketts’ draft pick.

    Just found the article:


  168. Kevin March 7, 2012 3:07 pm

    Without looking it up, I think the most recent Rainbow Wahine alum to have been drafted was All-American and Kamehameha-Kapalama HS alum Kate Robinson for the Akron Racers a few years ago.

    Robinson still actively plays in Europe.

  169. Couch potato March 7, 2012 3:07 pm

    congrats to Ricketts.

  170. Kevin March 7, 2012 3:10 pm

    Some of us remember Kelsi Dunne of Alabama.

    That girl was damn good as well. She was drafted 1st overall.

    Tough pitcher, MEAN riser, loss to us with CLASS. Got a lot of respect for that young lady.

  171. mo808 March 7, 2012 3:25 pm

    Oh my! Best wishes CoachTakahara-Dias, thank you!

  172. papajoe2 March 7, 2012 3:31 pm

    #82, that was quick one.

  173. tom mui March 7, 2012 3:32 pm

    Sorry to hear about Coach Dana – a great lady!

  174. Kekoa March 7, 2012 3:33 pm

    Congratz to Ms Ricketts for her pitching prowess. Another Warrior for life. It’s a shame she didn’t receive the kind of media recognition she so richly deserved.

    Coach Dana ~ Thank you for pulling these ladies together after a tuff transition. May good fortune light your way.

  175. wafan March 7, 2012 3:36 pm

    Good luck to DTD.


  176. papajoe2 March 7, 2012 3:40 pm

    #174 Kekoa, Ditto on Coach DTD and Ms Ricketts.

  177. D1 March 7, 2012 3:53 pm

    Best of luck Dana! JD has a tough decision to make this go around. Hire locally or from the big continent? Last time he went local and passed on Joan Bonvicini who’s turned an upstart program at Seattle Univ. into a legit D1 program from scratch.

  178. al March 7, 2012 3:54 pm

    congratulations to stephanie ricketts. she sure brought her game to a higher level this year.

  179. Ipu Man March 7, 2012 4:04 pm

    Gee…the AD is a former UH player. And now the FB coach is “local”…

    What’s wrong in hiring someone who is local? Are they less smart???

  180. Steve March 7, 2012 4:12 pm

    al, was Coach Goo on DTD’s selection committee, if so, then I agree with you, had his chance. Whoever brought up the suggestion of Mark Campbell, I commend you. He would make a good choice, knows Hawaii, having played here. Do not think he would cost to much since this will be his 1st Head Coaching position.

  181. TaeBo Jackson March 7, 2012 4:14 pm

    Didn’t Campbell’s wife play here also?

  182. Steve March 7, 2012 4:16 pm

    al, do you think Nani Cockett should be part of the selection committee, outstanding WBB player, and really knows her basketball.

  183. HawaiiMongoose March 7, 2012 4:17 pm

    With all respect to Mark Campbell, we just let go of someone who was in their first head coaching position. Maybe we’d be better off hiring someone who’s BEEN a D-1 head coach.

  184. Steve March 7, 2012 4:20 pm

    HawaiiMongoose, Mark Campbell is an assistant coach at the D1 level, DTD was never that. She came from a local high school program, BIG difference.

  185. Kevin March 7, 2012 4:20 pm

    Ipu Man:

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Gee…the AD is a former UH player. And now the FB coach is “local”…

    What’s wrong in hiring someone who is local? Are they less smart???

    There is NOTHING wrong with hiring locally.

    The problem arises when you make it a primary focus.

    Just as narrow-minded as only believing mainland hires are the best solutions and only the best solution.

    Biases and discrimination works both ways.

  186. al March 7, 2012 4:22 pm


    i believe campbell’s edge is his ability to recruit the mainland. this was dtd achilles’ heel.

    who knows what names will surface? hopefully, one who can bring in enough mainland talent to go along with as many good d1 caliber local girls. at least bring back the attendance to around 1,000 to 1,500.

  187. Steve March 7, 2012 4:25 pm

    Kevin, I agree with you, but that local person needs to have mainland contacts, especially on the West Coast. The only person that comes to mind is Harada, the former HPU HC.

  188. Think2much March 7, 2012 4:26 pm

    If they hired Diaz based on her high school coaching resume, then they must give Bobby Awa of Konaewaena a decent, serious look. In her 11 yrs with Konawaena, they’ve won 5 state championships, the last three with their dynamic guard duo who are now off to Washington State. What is significant about Konawaena’s success is that they are a public school. The other schools that have that kind of success are Punahou, Kamehameha and Iolani.

  189. Steve March 7, 2012 4:29 pm

    al, true, need a HC that at least can fill the lower bowl. That would at least give the Wahines home court advantage.

  190. Think2much March 7, 2012 4:30 pm

    It should also be noted that Diaz never won a state championship. Her best was getting into the finals. So, give Coach Awa a chance because time waits for no one.

  191. huh? March 7, 2012 4:31 pm

    No forget that Bobbie Awa is a good recruiter, of the Big Island that is. Not all of her talented players were homegrown in Konawaena.

  192. al March 7, 2012 4:34 pm

    i was thinking alika smith with nani cockett on the bench.

    add in one or two mainland assistants who can recruit socal and norcal.

    lots of talent around. especially in the bay area where kamilah jackson is from.

  193. Derek March 7, 2012 4:34 pm

    The only two coaches who have proven to be consistently good at recruiting are Dave Shoji and Bob Coolen. Mike Trapasso seems to be getting some good talent too, but he needs to take the team to the regionals consistently and make it to the CWS occasionally to put him in Shoji and Coolen’s class. The jury is still out on Gib Arnold and obviously Chow’s only had a couple of weeks to get his first recruiting class. I was expecting DTD not returning. The team is not solid, they make a ton of turnovers and you can see the talent level is not up to the par of Fresno St. or the better teams in the country. UH Wahine should be at least a 20 win team. The key is the head coach who can recruit, period! I was disappointed in the Wahine couldn’t get Galdeira or Iwalani Rodrigues or even Maika from Lahainaluna. We need another person like Nani Cockett, my all time favorite Wahine. We need athleltic post players like Judy Mosely. The key is the coach, who can recruit good players to come to Hawaii. Obviously, we haven’t found the right coach, yet.

    It’s been a disappointing men’s basketball season. I was expecting better. Looking at the last 5 losses a lot of the problems were on defense. The team gave up a lot of points and the opponents shooting percentages were up considerably. There seems to be a lot of breakdowns and players losing their man resulting in clear 3 pt shots. Did losing Walter Roese was a factor? Maybe. This team has enough talent to win close to 20 games. Joaquim down the stretch didn’t come up big. I cringe every time Josten Thomas jacks up a 3 pointer. Free throw shooting was also a problem. Garret Jefferson, for a Guard, can’t hit a free throw to save his soul. A couple of air balls! Come On, Man! You can say the team did not improve as the season went along. That would be true. Also, the foul situation was bad down the stretch. Joaquim fouling out a couple of games because of some stupid fouls. He obvously was getting frustrated. He made first team all WAC, but personally I don’t think he finished the season strong to deserve it. Just my opinion. Tomorrow, one and done at the WAC tourney unless some miracle happens.

  194. Steve March 7, 2012 4:36 pm

    Think2much, Bobby Awa is an excellent coach, just do not see her being a D1 HC. Especially, when it comes to recruiting. I cannot picture her making trip after trip to the mainland to see prospective recruits. The Wahine program needs someone who is young, tiredless, and aggressive, especially when it comes to recruiting.

  195. Steve March 7, 2012 4:39 pm

    al, you can forget Alika Smith, no way will he leave Kalaheo, that is his dream job. Taking over the program that his father built. But I do like the idea of having Nani Cockett on the bench. She would diffinitely help in recruiting local girls.

  196. wait a minute March 7, 2012 4:55 pm

    I just hate it when the State Hospital starts letting their patients use the computers at 2 in the afternoon instead of the normal evening hours.

  197. papajoe2 March 7, 2012 5:01 pm

    Not saying that I want Alika Smith as th WBB coach, but how much does a high school coach make? Around $2,500. How much does a D1 women’s college basketball coach make? Not sure also, but at least $35,000 plus perks.

  198. Steve March 7, 2012 5:05 pm

    papajoe2, need to remember Alika Smith is also a teacher, not only a basketball coach, need to factor that in also.

  199. RedZone March 7, 2012 5:14 pm

    ST on ESPN radio right now.

  200. d1shima March 7, 2012 5:16 pm


    We related? 😯

  201. d1shima March 7, 2012 5:18 pm


  202. Warriorbacker March 7, 2012 5:24 pm

    I think UH needs someone that’s a current coach (assistant or head) in women’s college basketball with recruiting connections all over the globe. So No to Alika Smith or Awa.

  203. Ralph March 7, 2012 5:27 pm

    CP no, not a coach, but UH paid 4 coaches to coach, one of whom should have been able to work with the post and forwards. CP, if you were able to attend at least 1 game or watched them on TV, you’d notice that Jackson uses her body well to position herself to be to win the rebound. She’s 5’11 but held her own against the 6 footers. She had good high school coaching, the other girls weren’t as prepared as Kamilah and they needed UH coaching staff to step up and teach.

  204. d1shima March 7, 2012 5:29 pm

    Does the WBB HC position pay enough for a veteran coach to pencil a move from the mainland?

  205. BigHiloFan2 March 7, 2012 5:31 pm

    Good afternoon. Tsakos.

    Best of wishes to Dana Takahara Dias. Good job coach. You were here for us when we definitely needed you. You sved us from da bimbo. but you had your chance, now time to move on. the program needs da positive.

    No country for programs that go less than 50-50. Thats the facts of professional wbb, and thats what we have at UH. professional wbb.

    nuff said.

  206. d1shima March 7, 2012 5:50 pm

    I resemble that remark….

    I’m no replica!

  207. oldtimer808 March 7, 2012 6:15 pm

    Aloha Coach Dias mahalo for all your contributions to the program.

  208. Da Punchbowl Kid March 7, 2012 6:16 pm

    #209 @ 5:50pm –

    Hear, hear!

  209. Da Punchbowl Kid March 7, 2012 6:17 pm

    Aloha and Mahalo to Coach Dana!

  210. d1shima March 7, 2012 6:18 pm

    Sounds like familiar voices at BB 😆

  211. BigHiloFan2 March 7, 2012 6:26 pm

    Fehoko Fanaika

    thank you for considering to play for Hawaii. good luck to you.

    now read my lips.

    Coach Norm Chow. I choose you over Manti Te’o. And everybody who wants to consider being a Warrior, including Fehoko Fanaika. If you gave Mr. Fanaika a deadline, stick to your word. We’re backing you. If you giving him samoa chance, okay be me too. If you say no, das okay by me too.

    remember Coach. the bottom line is:

    Go Coach Chow!

    Go Warriors!

  212. jm2375 March 7, 2012 7:02 pm

    Woohooo! Finally! Warrior VB takes down da red guys in 4, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-23.

  213. d1shima March 7, 2012 7:09 pm

    VolleyB 🙂 ws!

  214. d1shima March 7, 2012 7:10 pm


    Padding (protecting) Sisto’s stats?

  215. cocobean March 7, 2012 7:13 pm

    Mahalo Coach Dana. You pulled the program from the depths of negativity and put it on a much firmer footing the next guy can build on.

    For JD, heed the words of the greatest basketball guru …..

    “No matter how you determine success in the coaching profession, it all comes down to one factor – talent. Although not every coach can win consistantly with talent, none can win without it.”

    Find someone who can recruit.

  216. bigislandkurt March 7, 2012 7:52 pm

    I’m sure the basketball coach’s salary is published somewhere. $35k seems like an awfully low speculation. I’d say DTD mae between $70-90k.


  217. Kevin March 7, 2012 7:59 pm

    Found this in an old Dave Reardon blog:

    Dave Shoji $180K

    Mike Trapasso $135K

    Dana Takahara Dias $120K

    Charlie Wade $100K

    Bob Coolen $90K

  218. Kevin March 7, 2012 8:01 pm

    and for fun…

    another IGNORANT comment made towards UH coaching salaries:

    Mr. B:

    December 17th, 2010 at 8:20 am


    The salaries of some of these coaches are ridiculous – paying a women’s soccer coach 80Ks is absurd. How many people you know get excited to watch UH soccer, softball, tennis, women’s basketball, golf, track and field, sailing, swimming? Many UH PROFESSORS don’t get paid this much money, and they have the responsibilities of teaching, research, mentoring graduate students, and campus/community service.

    When was the last time you heard someone tell their family, “Hey KIDS! The UH tennis team is playing matches today!!!! Let’s go check it out!!”

    I can understand why many UH professors get so upset whenever the subject of athletic department budget comes up. Many of these professors have highly specialized talents, and they are performing cutting edge research that may one day help to find the cure for cancer, diabetes, etc.

    Idiots and the uninformed always amuse me.

  219. Steve March 7, 2012 8:01 pm

    Hey Kevin, What, is that right, Coolen made less then DTD and Wade, how can that be!!!

  220. madeinhawaii March 7, 2012 8:05 pm

    Steve… Coolen’s team does not generate income. Wade and DTD’s do. I am surprised that Wade’s salary is less, though. I always thought Men’s VB generated more income than Women’s BB.

  221. Steve March 7, 2012 8:10 pm

    mih, sad thing is, if they charged admission to Wahine Softball, they would still outdraw Wahine Basketball. All you need to ask is Pomai, or Kevin, to confirm this.

  222. jm2375 March 7, 2012 8:12 pm

    Steve – it’s probably a matter of market forces. It’s always better to compare salaries at similar institutions for the same sport instead of across sports. Coolen’s salary should be compared to WAC/Big West coaches.

    BTW, some of the higher level faculty at UH are making in the 6 figure range, esp in the professional schools (e.g. medicine, business, law). It’s all about attracting and keeping the “best”.

  223. Curt March 7, 2012 8:27 pm

    Thank you Coach Dana and our best wishes to you.

  224. Think2much March 7, 2012 8:31 pm

    Agree that its hard to envision Bobby Awa making recruiting trips. Besides that, that’s the only negative. So if you recruit well does that mean that you’re a good/great coach? Not necessarily. Especially for a team sport, good coaching is evidenced by the consistency of play leading to a reasonable percentage of wins. Since 2004, the quality of Koneawaena WBB has been outstanding. When you watch them in the state tournament, you know all the work has been done in the preseason and in the practices. Good coaches take an athlete/team with desire and helps them realize their potential. For a public school program with limited resources, Awa and her staff puts in the time because they care for their players; at the collegiate level, the pressures will be different. She probably wouldn’t take the job anyway because then she might have to wear shoes for the games.

  225. Buffoman March 7, 2012 8:35 pm

    Would anyone on the men’s team be able and willing to take the HC position for the WBB?

  226. kev-1 March 7, 2012 8:38 pm

    DTD’s team generates income? Really? Could have fooled me. I would gladly pay to go out there and watch Coolen’s team play over the WBB team anyday. That may sound mean, but it is just the reality of the situation. The softball team has consistently been a success. The AD needs to revisit how they run that program. Start giving the team some attention. People will show interest. At least as many if not more than have been caring about WBB lately.

    I do not mean anything against Coach Dana personally, or the girls on the team. Just not good enough for years now.

  227. BigHiloFan2 March 7, 2012 8:39 pm

    Coach Mack……….

    wuz watching American Idol tonight. and was thinking about how

    you rallied around and helped UH hobble along after Coach JJ

    wen up and quit on us.

    granted he had da Fumbler on his mind….

    but just singin out loud….

    “and iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii…. will always

    love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu ….

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  231. papajoe2 March 7, 2012 8:58 pm

    I knew my $35K was a very low figure. I really thought it was around $60-65K. $120??? Wow.

  232. papajoe2 March 7, 2012 8:59 pm

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  233. Kevin March 7, 2012 9:20 pm

    D1 softball coaching salaries at their highest mirror that of Shoji’s and even at $180K, it’s high.

    I think Margie Wright gets a SUBSTANTIAL amount but that might be due to a lawsuit she filed against FSU.

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  234. Kevin March 7, 2012 9:21 pm

    Coach Coolen, like other UH coaches have incentives built into their contracts.

    As Ferd Lewis reported, following 2010, Coach Coolen received a $22,000.00 salary and was in talks to get a raise to get his base salary near or at the 100K mark.

    This is something none of us have asked about as it is NONE of our business.

  235. Kevin March 7, 2012 9:24 pm

    I believe the LOWEST salary for a D1 softball coach was reported as low as 30K. Reminder there are A LOT of division 1 programs that vary from wealthy institutions like Alabama or UCLA to the smaller schools SMALLER schools.

    100K- 150K seems to be the HIGHEST.

  236. Kevin March 7, 2012 9:28 pm


    March 7th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Coach Coolen, like other UH coaches have incentives built into their contracts.

    As Ferd Lewis reported, following 2010, Coach Coolen received a $22,000.00 salary and was in talks to get a raise to get his base salary near or at the 100K mark.

    Correction… Coach Coolen received a $22,000.00 bonus from his incentives.

  237. Steve March 7, 2012 9:41 pm

    Kevin, I would think a coach of Coolen’s caliber would receive bonuses for winning the WAC, getting into the NCAA Tournament, winning the Regional, Super Regional, getting into the College World Series and finally winning the College World Series.

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  239. kev-1 March 7, 2012 10:45 pm

    al . . . is that based on tv and institution/conference money? It can’t be ticket/attendance revenue can it? Not being sarcastic btw, just don’t really know.

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