In a tearful announcement, assistant coach Ikaika Malloe confirmed that he has accepted the defensive coordinator’s job at Yale.
“We’re going to miss having what we have here,” said Malloe, a Kamehameha Schools graduate. His wife also was raised in Hawai‘i.
“My heart will always be here,” he added. “My heart will never leave here. … It’s been a dream of mine to not only be a coordinator, but to one day be a head coach. You’ll never know if you’ll get another chance. I don’t want to regret not taking it.”
Malloe and Tom Williams, Yale’s new head coach and a former UH defensive coordinator, were on the same staff at Washington.
Malloe said he will work at UH through the recruiting period.
“I wish him well,” UH head coach Greg McMackin said. “He’s done everything the right away. He helped us through our first year, our transition year, and he did a good job.”
Malloe coached the defensive tackles and special teams.
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Kimo Makaula Sr. said his son indeed has de-committed, and will accept a scholarship from Washington. He said it was a tough decision, but one agreed upon by the family. Let’s wish him the best.
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Super Games II, the non-traditional competition among teams of UH football players, starts Feb. 4.
Last year’s events included tug-o-war, no-rules basketball and a visually unique exercise in which a player had to contort into a human chair.
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Because of last week’s faux wind storm, the first team meeting of the year was moved to this morning.
Ran into his running back Daniel Libre, who said he is “optimistic” in his quest for an additional season.
Greg Alexander, as usual, was working out.
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The Rainbow Wahine softball team is picked to finish second in the WAC this season.
Clare Warwick was voted as Preseason Player of the Year.
First baseman Audrey Andrade and outfielder Tanisha Milca were named to the 2009 Preseason All-WAC team.