Strength in numbers

When the new year begins, the Warriors are expected to address the shortage of strength and conditioning coaches for the athletic department and football program.

Since Mel deLaura’s departure in 2010, the Warriors have been without a fulltime football-only S&C coach. Of the 10 Mountain West football teams in 2012, UH was the only one without a FT S&C coach.

School — Number of teams — FT S&C coaches — FT S&C coaches for football

Air Force — 27 — 6 — 1

Hawaii — 21 — 2 — 0

New Mexico — 19 — 4 — 1

Fresno State — 18 — 4 — 1

San Diego State — 18 — 3 — 1

UNLV — 18 — 3 — 1

Boise State — 17 — 5 — 1

Nevada — 16 — 3 — 1

Wyoming — 15 — 5 — 1

Colorado State — 14 — 6 — 1

* * * * *

It was pretty surprising to hear of Chris Ault’s (third) retirement at Nevada. Good coach, better rival.

With Pat Hill gone, Dennis Franchione long gone, and Chris Petersen soon to be gone, maybe, UH is running out of good rival coaches.


  1. truegreen December 28, 2012 7:27 am

    First! Ohayo WB!

  2. truegreen December 28, 2012 7:29 am

    Wow, very telling statistics. Hope we get back up to par.

  3. laulau head December 28, 2012 7:30 am

    Ikei all day!!

  4. kapakahi December 28, 2012 7:31 am

    Chad Ikei???


  5. kapakahi December 28, 2012 7:33 am

    Former UH Warrior players (Kealoha Pilares, Brashton Satele, etc.) all swear by Ikei.

  6. tommui December 28, 2012 7:34 am



  7. Kevin December 28, 2012 7:44 am

    0 for football, yet TWO for 21 athletic programs in total.

    The number 2 for 21 is more concerning than the 0 for 1.

    Besides other than Tommy Heffernan, who is the other full-timer?

    When you look at it, its amazing what the athletic programs at UH have done and how the student-athletes in all the sports have performed and won various athletic accolades considering the LIMITED resources and the word “limited” is me being “nice”.

    Remember a few years ago when there was a “hiring-freeze” in the department and that the essential areas for the student-athletes “wont be effected”… ummm… thank GOD its time to re-evaluated what the definition of essential is.

    Would like to see UH get to figures around:

    21-4-1 .. at LEAST.

    21-2-1 is not adequate if we expect to be competitive in our programs.

  8. Annoddah Dave December 28, 2012 7:55 am

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs:

    As the saying goes – “Figures don’t lie but liars figure”. Do you think the $200K + could have been used more productively…go figure?!

  9. jimmy the lock December 28, 2012 7:56 am

    Doesn’t seem to be any correlation between the number of S&C coaches and team standings.

    Or any cause and effect outcomes.

  10. gobows December 28, 2012 8:03 am

    looks like to stay par with the MWC the UH needs to have at least 4 full time S&C coaches.

    who can make that happen at the UH?

  11. Kevin December 28, 2012 8:13 am

    jimmy the lock:

    December 28th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Doesn’t seem to be any correlation between the number of S&C coaches and team standings.

    Or any cause and effect outcomes.

    Depends… I personally believe that our coaches at UH in various sports are some of the best in utilizing what they have to work with. The frustration is there. The red-tape, the promises made and nothing resulting in them, etc…. but yet they endure and succeed.

    While this probably will go in one ear and out the other for most people.. just looking at what the non-football and non-basketball programs have been able to do with their modest resources in both budget and limited exposure in the win-loss and conference title scene for their respective programs I think is nothing short of amazing. The lower down the “money ladder” you go in our 21 sports, the more you are sure to find coaches and student-athletes that have no choice but to find the self-discipline and constructive “improvisation” to try to make up for short-comings other university athletic departments they compete against do not have.

    So now, take all that and then boost it. Take that work-ethic and drive and give it the support it needs and what will you find? I think we know what we will find.

    New AD Ben Jay is looking for new revenue streams. Some of those new revenue “paths” (some, NOT all) could very well be laying un-paved right on campus. We have 6 revenue programs.. who says we cannot have more? We have 6 programs that charge admission. We could have 7 or 9…. COULD. Of course, if admission were added to other programs, the justification would have to be a result of institutional and departmental support.

    You cannot just slap on admission and expect people to pay. Its like trying to sell a used car. Sure the thing gets you from point A to point B, but you gotta make the thing look pretty (fix the oil leak, when was the last tune-up?, did you even wash the car?, what about the rust spots?, etc…) to attract potential buyers.

  12. gobows December 28, 2012 8:15 am

    #8 and what about the extra mil they gave to the lawyers…that could fund another 2 coaches for 10 years

  13. Old School Dave December 28, 2012 8:15 am

    Coach Chow needs to use his connections to USC, Utah, UCLA in hiring a F/T Football S & C coach. I’m sure there are very capable assistant S & C coaches at those schools looking to move up.

  14. SteveM December 28, 2012 8:17 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Wonder what the back-story is on why Mel deLaura’s FT position was not replaced for football. 😕

  15. Bowwar December 28, 2012 8:22 am

    No excuse for not having more S&C coaches and definitely a sore spot in football…Was this another JD deficiency?

  16. gobows December 28, 2012 8:23 am

    #11 all the non-revenue sports except for golf at the UH have been conference champions or close to it

  17. Annoddah Dave December 28, 2012 8:26 am

    @#14, SteveM: Was that a Stevie “pun”?

  18. Old School Dave December 28, 2012 8:27 am

    Is a bachelors degree, as well as NSCA certification required in order to be hired as a S & C coach at UH or any university?

    Wasn’t Mel de Laura initially a “volunteer” coach when he came to UH in 99 from the mainland?

  19. Annoddah Dave December 28, 2012 8:35 am

    @#11, Kevin: I wonder if there is a way to allow “free” parking at UH if you show a ticket for any event. Maybe that is one way to generate more ticket sales. Parking now is $6, almost the price of a Zip Pak.

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  21. mo808 December 28, 2012 8:42 am

    Good Aloha Friday (Heading Into A Long Happy New Year Weekend) Morning Folks!

    Long day at work…then a 9 day stay-cation! Yippee! I get to get clean my house like crazy for a week 🙂

    Wishing everyone a safe and prosperous New Year…Go Warriors!

    Oh yeah, Ikei rules!

  22. Kevin December 28, 2012 8:46 am

    Annoddah Dave:

    December 28th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    @#11, Kevin: I wonder if there is a way to allow “free” parking at UH if you show a ticket for any event. Maybe that is one way to generate more ticket sales. Parking now is $6, almost the price of a Zip Pak.

    Almost the price of a Zip Pac? Brah, that’s like almost HALF the price of a Zip Pac.. RIP-OFF!!!

    But the parking office/department is completely separate from UH athletic department, so they will probably have to really sweet talk that kind of deal with the parking office.

    Where one revenue stream disappears, it has to be made up and even if allowing UH athletic ticket holders free admission ever happens, the UH students and faculty and others will pay the price and the backlash will come as usual.

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  24. SteveM December 28, 2012 8:55 am

    RE: #17

    Annoddah Dave — nah… just curious to know the “why” of what didn’t happen. You know how things get “set in stone” after a while… especially after a successful football era of which deLaura was a part.

  25. jm2375 December 28, 2012 9:03 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Happy last Aloha Friday of 2012.

    Gotta agree with Kevin – all his points. Great minds think alike. 😆

    Parking revenue, as I understand it, goes to pay for the structure and operations. Even parking down at JABSOM is $6 (which is just a parking lot). At least it’s still cheaper than Blaisdell.

    To whomever asked yesterday about Sam Biscaro: IIRC, ST said that Sam left the team but is still in school at UH. He’s from the Santa Barbara area, so not sure if he will transfer back there. Perhaps the blogmeister knows…

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  27. A-House December 28, 2012 9:12 am


    #10 – money talks!!!

  28. Masaboy December 28, 2012 9:25 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Its been a while since I have been on here. Looking at the statistics of trainers to sports is bad compared to other schools. Hopefully AD Jay will be able to push for a FT S/C trainer for the football team. Happy Holidays and Go Warriors!!!!!

  29. jimmy the lock December 28, 2012 9:26 am

    Going by the numbers, CSU should be THE stud and studdette University.

  30. jimmy the lock December 28, 2012 9:29 am


    What are the statistics of the trainers?

  31. Annoddah Dave December 28, 2012 9:29 am

    @#22, Kevin: LOL!, maybe that’s why I haven’t eaten a Zip Pak in years! Is not the parking an outsourced deal where they collect money to pay for the security, maintenance, ticket attendants, etc.? and some of the profit goes to UH? Students and faculty use it the majority of the time and probably park longer. The only time parking is free is when you are going to the box office to purchase a ticket. I am thinking the parking concession would still make money even if there were no sporting events in the “quarry”.

  32. jimmy the lock December 28, 2012 9:32 am

    Oh, you probably meant ratio of trainers to sports.

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  34. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 28, 2012 9:35 am

    I’ve had four different discussions with four key leaders at the State Legislature about both capital and operating budget issues – not just at UH but also for environmental, social justice, and human services legislative proposals.

    Unless there is an across-the-board revenue increase here in Hawai`i, there will be a priority list created. The top three right now are: early childhood education; increased human/health services for old people; core infrastructure repairs/improvements.

    There are a number of legislators who believe that the University of Hawai`i System should not expect any significant increases in non-educational operational budget requests. Whether these folks prevail will not be known until after they are presented to the $$$$ and higher education chairs.

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    I strongly urge that THE POWERS THAT BE outside the University of Hawai`i at Manoa who want to improve the financial situation within the Department of Athletics form a private sector fund-raising team which would include allowing (real) naming rights for programs and facilities.

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  37. Masaboy December 28, 2012 9:44 am

    @jimmy the lock

    pretty much 10 sports per trainer..Makes you wonder what if we had 6 trainers like CSU or AF..we would be winning National Championships!!! haha

  38. Whats up December 28, 2012 10:09 am

    Chad Ikei

    Is a great idea for UH Athletics! Go get Ikei!

  39. jimmy the lock December 28, 2012 10:10 am


    Has CSU or AF been winning National Championships? lol

  40. al December 28, 2012 10:14 am

    chris ault is retiring.

  41. d1shima December 28, 2012 10:14 am

    Great Morning All!


    No. But they both beat Hawaii! 🙁

  42. Annoddah Dave December 28, 2012 10:16 am

    @#39, jimmy: if NCAA had sports in sheep head butting and falconry, I think these two would be right up there. Seriously, there is a need for more sports trainers as the speed and impact of athletics are causing more serious effects on athletes now and in the future.

  43. Kevin December 28, 2012 10:18 am

    Ault retiring?

    Lemme save the trouble and wasted blogspace by saying this before multiple posts spawn from this:

    “Hire Ault for OC”.

    There. Done. Move on. Not gonna happen. Shut up.

  44. Whats up December 28, 2012 10:18 am


    FootballScoop Staff ‏@footballscoop

    We have learned that Chris Ault is stepping down at Nevada

  45. al December 28, 2012 10:24 am

    i wonder then, if rolo will be actively seeking employment…?

    i wonder then, if rolo would be a nice fit at manoa?

    i wonder then, if rolo who was the last cut of the former staff would be considered if at all?

    i wonder then, if rolo would be retained as oc with some authority in reno?

  46. Otto December 28, 2012 10:27 am


    How many Part-Time (PT) Strength & Conditioning (S&C) coaches does UH have?

  47. Kaimiloa December 28, 2012 10:34 am

    I have an unopened pack of 1989 UH Football cards. They can go, free, to anyone who was on that team. Or anyone else, I guess.

  48. jimmy the lock December 28, 2012 10:39 am

    Only football (UH sports) has violent collisions that are done purposely within the rules of the game, right? Just making sure.

    @Annoddah Dave

    I don’t think more sports trainers will reduce the number of “serious effects” on the athletes. Quality of the strength and conditioning is the key. I think Hawkpeter (sp?) alluded to that.

  49. jimmy the lock December 28, 2012 10:44 am

    Got this from the UH Athletics site:

    Strength and conditioning coach Tommy Heffernan heads the staff along with assistant Grant Steen and graduate assistants James Chassin, Kamalei Magnani, Mike Johnson and student assistant Ian Hasegawa.

  50. Jason December 28, 2012 10:44 am

    Streaming coverage of the Chris Ault press conference to start at 11:30 a.m. HST:

  51. Kevin December 28, 2012 10:57 am

    I believe James Chassin’s time is up. Two-year grad assistant took over for Kenny Esquivel two years ago.

  52. Former UH Athlete December 28, 2012 11:00 am

    I think there’s a direct correlation with 2011 and 2012’s performances and not having a full-time S&C coach. S&C is important to develop the team’s size and strength and a big part of getting bigger/stronger is to help prevent injuries. UH’s DL was very undersized (outside of Hanohano and Correa) going into the 2012 season.

    Can someone explain why McMackin and Donovan didn’t bring in a full-time S&C or promote one of the other trainers???

    Saying that UH didn’t have the funds is not an excuse, Mel’s old salary could have been applied to the new trainer.

  53. jimmy the lock December 28, 2012 11:03 am

    And the reorg continues, congrats to Sen. Donna Mercado Kim as the new Senate president.

  54. jimmy the lock December 28, 2012 11:09 am

    @Former UH Athlete

    Can you explain how Rolo’s tweaks turned the R&S into mediocrity?

    I thought going into the 2012 season there were some good sized interior d-linemen…injuries took a toll.

  55. Kevin December 28, 2012 11:20 am

    RE: 2009, UH Athletics Hiring Freeze

    This article mentions that athletic trainer positions were actually addressed.

    However it doesn’t specify what that meant. There are athletic trainers, people like Eric Okasaki who primarily treats injuries and then there are the S&C coaches which we have been talking about today, SOMETIMES referred to as “trainers”.

  56. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2012 11:22 am

    Interesting that UH has more media relations full-timers (five) than conditioning coaches.

  57. Wes'side Warrior December 28, 2012 11:33 am

    Howzit, Gang!

    Wow! Some crooked numbers! Gotta agree with Kevin… it is truly amazing… the accomplishments of the various programs in Athletics, in relation to resources available. During earlier discussion about S&C coaches this season, I started typing something about hoping to see a “school-type program” specifically to train our keiki to be able to better compete, physically, at the next level. I think it was during a time when everyone was talking about the year-round programs going on in states such as Florida and Texas. And I’m not just talking about nutrition and sports, like in school P.E. We need to take this to another level, teaching and training to be more explosive. Sure, it may not be every kid’s or parent’s dream to pursue professional sports, but being more competitive in high school can help so many families in gaining college scholarships. Whatever paths they follow after that is up to them. At least we gave them the best chance we could, to get them started.

    Sorry, didn’t mean to ramble on, but if we ever hit this lottery before moving back home, I’d like to have some sort of a plan! Hahaha!

    Hope you all have a great day! 2012 is coming to a close… Stay safe this weekend!

  58. Kevin December 28, 2012 11:36 am

    Speaking of athletic trainers.. new regulations in effect starting 2013:

    REPORT FROM DCCA – For the first time, the Professional and Vocational Licensing (PVL) Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) will begin the implementation of the Athletic Trainers Registration Program effective January 1, 2013.

    Act 198, which was passed during the last legislative session, establishes the Athletic Trainers Program. By establishing registration requirements and regulatory standards for athletic trainers who practice or represent themselves as an athletic trainer, the legislation is intended to ensure the quality of care of the practice of athletic training in Hawai’i.

  59. ai-eee-soos December 28, 2012 11:39 am

    I wonder if these guys are going to apply for the Nevada-Reno HC job –

    Duane Akina

    Dirk Koetter (sp)

    Mark Banker (?)

    Rich Miano

    Thery were all interested in Hawaii’s HC job ….

    we shall see …

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  61. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 28, 2012 11:48 am

    Has both the WCO and Air Raid background that could be a nice fit with Hawaii’s offense.

  62. alwaysarainbow December 28, 2012 12:19 pm

    New Year Wish – UH will recruit Tiapepe Vitale of DeLasale HS. He is the best running back in California and seems to be off of all of the D1 recruiting plans. Maybe in the shadows of too many great teammates!

    Big, quick and knows how to find the end zone frequently. Very difficult to tackle and a lot of knee and straight airm. (I am not related – just a longtime UH & DLS follower that wants to see this outstanding player stay in green!)

  63. gobows December 28, 2012 12:30 pm

    #46 good question…how many part time trainers are needed to supplement the full timers, and how many part time trainers would be considered a full time equivalent.

  64. al December 28, 2012 12:47 pm

    Wonder where Rolo ends up now. Head coach of Nevada? or hopefully back to Hawaii to help run the UH offense.

  65. Kevin December 28, 2012 12:48 pm

    There was also a big visible difference from when Heffernan was the lead guy the first time from the former S&C coach.

    One of the noticeable differences under Heffernan was that the grad assistant S&C guys working with the players much much earlier before practice started than before.

    Some practice observers also remarked on this blog that the pace and routines were not as “laxed” with Heffernan as it was in the past.

  66. RedZone December 28, 2012 12:57 pm

    Our best rival coach is our head coach.

  67. Ralph December 28, 2012 12:59 pm

    De Laura is SMU S/C coach, and SMU pulverized Fresno State in the Sheraton Bowl. He must have done something good, SMU defense was too much for Carr and company.

  68. jimmy the lock December 28, 2012 1:09 pm

    Geeze, those teams that pulverized SMU must have done something good too.

  69. kapakahi December 28, 2012 1:11 pm

    Sounds like Ault came to his decision to retire somewhat unexpectedly…..just during this recruiting dead period…..while school is on break… probably unlikely that he spoke to the Wolfpack players and/or coaches (including Rolo) in-person beforehand.

  70. d1shima December 28, 2012 1:13 pm

    SMU Defense = the huge Estonian buggah. I think he may have pretty much been a “complete set” when he arrived on campus!

  71. kapakahi December 28, 2012 1:15 pm

    Kinda feel for Rolo…..having to deal with consequences of the 2nd “retirement” by the HC in 2 consecutive years.

  72. d1shima December 28, 2012 1:30 pm

    Try wait…

    Wea Peterson going? And wen?

  73. Bjorn Barrefors December 28, 2012 1:47 pm

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  74. al December 28, 2012 1:53 pm

    @#64…yet another “al alterego” appears on the horizon.

  75. Ralph December 28, 2012 2:00 pm

    SMU made 4 bowl games in a row, this season they had a totally rebuild OL and a new QB, and finished with a winning season. Most MWC teams would have suffered the same fate had they played Texas A & M and Baylor – UCLA found out how good the Baylor Bears are.

  76. Björn Barrefors December 28, 2012 2:29 pm

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  77. al December 28, 2012 2:32 pm

    JJ always had a keen eye for getting good big rushing ends. Wonder if Hunt was a converted basketball player .

  78. Annoddah Dave December 28, 2012 2:34 pm

    @#77, al: If I heard correctly on the game broadcast he was a track and field guy…I think discus.

  79. gmahoney December 28, 2012 2:49 pm

    Ran into Mrs. Ginlack, Bryson is doing well playing for his Japanese football team. Yay, Bryson!

  80. Derek December 28, 2012 2:54 pm

    Say what you want, but there is no denying that June Jones is a very good coach. The guy is a winner and the guy is a risk taker, his teams scores a lot of points, and he has a keen eye for good talented recruits. The way he coached at UH and SMU, and won after some of the worst football programs, ever, says it all.

    And, I am proud of running around at old Cooke Foeld, running pass patterns with Mel DeLaura and catching some passes from Jones many moons ago when he was a Rainbow. Shows how old I am. Wish he was still with us and I think his heart is still with Hawaii.

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  82. al December 28, 2012 4:13 pm

    annodah dave…#64 and #77 is another “al”. you know that is not how i write.

    oh well, be that as it may.

  83. al December 28, 2012 4:14 pm

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  84. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 28, 2012 4:14 pm

    SMU’s “new” QB was a U of Texas transfer. Not much of a handicap.

  85. al December 28, 2012 4:19 pm

    #82 and #83

    impostors trying to discredit other impostors. must be a first. nuff said.

  86. jonj December 28, 2012 4:22 pm

    UH athlete

    Im beginning to think that your constant slander of Mack is that you prob never saw playing time under him or whats the deal??

    Mediocrity of the R n S??? 2010 over 5000 yds passing n 42 tds and over 1100 yrs rushing n 24 tds?? then he loses 3 wrs and a rb to the NFL. only for the next year toi put up 4000yds passing 29 and 1200yds rushing and 22 tds??

    Like ive said before bring facts to the table!

  87. gobows December 28, 2012 4:24 pm

    #80 were you there at the old honolulu stadium when jj was in the middle of a team brawl after a game?

  88. Willie December 28, 2012 4:24 pm

    Derek@80, used to workout with Mel DeLaura too a couple of summers getting ready for the season. Hal Stringert was there also. These two were nice guys that gave me a lot of speed & strength tips that were very good. The guy throwing to us was Elroy Chong. Guess I’m just a little on in age than you?

  89. al December 28, 2012 4:28 pm

    #85…false al again. okay, you wanna be me so bad. have at it…see you buddy.

  90. SteveM December 28, 2012 4:31 pm


    December 28th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    annodah dave…#64 and #77 is another “al”. you know that is not how i write.

    oh well, be that as it may.


    Yup, “be that as it may” — now I’m confused.

    not 👿

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  92. gobows December 28, 2012 4:37 pm

    #52 who was the full time trainer for football prior to mel?

    don’t think there was one.

    jj hooked his buddy up.

    from my observations at practice, many of the players lacked respect for mel. the players just went through the motions when mel conducted drills. jogging when they should be running 3/4 speed or walking the last 10 yards to the line. most of these slackers was the local boys, some of them starters.

  93. jonj December 28, 2012 4:37 pm

    2010 #2 in total offense?? sounds pretty mediocre to me!! 2011 42nd in total offense. 700yds from 20th and with all the injuries and new starters?!?!?

  94. MattyBoy December 28, 2012 4:49 pm

    Who’s the real Al??? Hmmmmm.

  95. Leron December 28, 2012 4:49 pm

    #77 & 78….Hunt was a Junior Champion in shot put and discus in his native Estonia. Came to SMU to train for 2012 Olympics. SMU track was discontinued. Someone suggested he see JJ. Four years later, the guy is a projected first or second rounder. At 6″8, holds the NCAA record for blocked kicks. Great story.

  96. MattyBoy December 28, 2012 4:51 pm

    I know!! Only the real Al can answer this question?

    How many bets I have have I won against you?

  97. PolyMom December 28, 2012 5:10 pm

    Rocky Seto…we just need the kala. Excellent S&C Coach.

  98. Shoko December 28, 2012 5:11 pm

    One that I know of.

  99. Shoko December 28, 2012 5:15 pm

    Pretty interesting development with Ault. I’m thinking that a prior Wolf Pack coach will fill his shoes, such as Jim Mastro (RB coach at WSU) or Chris Klenakis (Oline coach at Arkansas). Depending on how Ault feels about Rolo, he might put in a good word.

    I think Rolo would fit in well with Sonny Dykes, but I think he already has an OC at Cal.

  100. Shoko December 28, 2012 5:16 pm

    Figure if Chow doesn’t replace Cal Lee, that would free up some money to afford a full-time S&C coach with a little kala left over.

  101. SteveM December 28, 2012 5:20 pm

    ST wrote above:

    It was pretty surprising to hear of Chris Ault’s (third) retirement at Nevada. Good coach, better rival.

    With Pat Hill gone, Dennis Franchione long gone, and Chris Petersen soon to be gone, maybe, UH is running out of good rival coaches.

    I agree. Throughout the 80’s I wanted us to beat BYU. They have the Laie campus. many fans, recruit the same players–closest thing we had to an instate rival. When Lavell Edwards retired, somehow it didn’t seem the same when we won. The coach was the face of BYU football and whom the media interviewed.

    To me, I wanted to beat BYU in general and Edwards in particular. We had nothing against BYU students or their campus. The last loss to BYU was just another loss–nothing extra painful for most. Same for most other schools now.

    I never felt a rivalry with Boise–we had the same frustrating losses like to BYU, but not the same…I don’t know Peterson.

    Chris Ault was another coach to beat. The “little general’s” expressions on the sideline in defeat were worth carrying in the binoculars. Same with Pat Hill– but he and JJ had a curious friendship and professional relationship and played exciting football– no “garbage time” when up by 40 points– any lopsided score was purely professional. No need to make excuses or apologies after. 🙂

  102. Shoko December 28, 2012 5:26 pm

    Quite frankly, I don’t think anyone in the conference had much of a rivalry with Boise. They dominated year in and year out. If there was a rivalry, I would think TCU. Hawaii, Nevada and San Diego State have been the closest to a rival while they were in the WAC and MWC.

    Speaking of Pat Hill, he would be a nice fit for Warrior new OC. Same system and pretty close in age. But I don’t think UH could afford Hill at this point in time.

  103. Hawkpeter December 28, 2012 5:31 pm

    UH actually has a very interesting history of S&C in football.

    The Bible of S&C for football ‘The Strongest Shall Survive’, was actually written whilst Bill Starr was at UH. Many of the pictures published in the book were taken at UH, and are of UH players. Its still available for purchase.

    Terry Albritton took over from Starr, another legend of strength development for athletics and one-time world shot put WR holder; then Curtis Tsuruda, DeLaura, then Heffernan. (Might have missed someone out)

    Its not possible to explain in a blog entry the problems and challenges with S&C in modern football. It is worth noting though that there is an excellent history at UH to be recognized.

  104. Former UH Athlete December 28, 2012 5:51 pm

    Ahh, hiring freeze in 2009… That was smart move.

  105. oldtimer808 December 28, 2012 6:12 pm

    #100 Shoko Sorry but you have the wrong Lee brother. Cal Lee was never retained by Coach Chow it was his older brother Tommy Lee.

  106. oldtimer808 December 28, 2012 6:13 pm

    I wonder if Rolo will be applying for OC job.

  107. tommui December 28, 2012 6:13 pm

    To identify the real “AL”, ask what he orders on his hamburgers.

    Ask him how many pounds he lost. 😉

  108. Shoko December 28, 2012 6:35 pm

    Ah, yea I get the Lee brothers mixed up.

    I think Rolo has a good chance staying on as an OC with the Wolf Pack. I think it will depend on who the next coach will be and if he takes into consideration what Ault has to say. Although Ault said he was retiring, he said he will be involved in the hiring process for the next AD and his successsor.

    If not, Rolo would make a good QB coach. He’s done well with Fajardo and his backup, Devon Combs.

  109. Shoko December 28, 2012 6:37 pm

    Didn’t know that al was on the heavy side.

  110. Shoko December 28, 2012 6:39 pm

    Or maybe he was diagnosed with type-II Diabetes like my Dad. He lost alot of weight when he changed his diet due to being diagnosed.

  111. azwarrior22 December 28, 2012 6:39 pm

    My name is Al. My name is Al. My name is Al. Number One – do you eat the tomato with yoyur hamburger? Number Two – do you put mustard on your hamburger? Number Three – Do you eat your hamburger with teriyaki sauce? Will the real Al please stand up?

  112. mo808 December 28, 2012 6:41 pm

    @74. I had a feelin wasn’t you! Jus a pozerwannabe 🙂

  113. mo808 December 28, 2012 6:47 pm

    @107 Tommui, bettah yet try ask how many mo808 has lost! 🙂

  114. mo808 December 28, 2012 6:47 pm

    ^^^ask the real Al that is!

  115. Derek December 28, 2012 6:52 pm

    Willie, those were the good ole days. Yeah, I remember Elroy Chong very well. He was pretty good. He was in a battle for starting QB with one Mike Biscotti. And remember those gold helmets during Dave Holmes’ era. Fans pretty much packed the old Honolulu Stadium. We sat in the end zone, just below the clock. I lived in an apartment with my friends at Varsity Circle so we just jumped over the fence to Cooke field and run around. And of course it’s a short walk to the stadium too. Too many good memories, and we were pretty poor too.

  116. tommui December 28, 2012 7:09 pm

    #109 shoko – I probably look heavier than AL.

  117. Shoko December 28, 2012 7:20 pm

    Main ting is not whats on the outside, but whats on da inside. 😉

    Thats whats good about blogs, you get to know the person, first, instead of judging by appearances. Good people and good fun is what draws me to this blog.

    That, and of course, football!


  118. 808WarriorFan December 28, 2012 7:28 pm

    What’s wrong w/ Tommy Heffernan ????? I think he does an awesome job and is extremely knowledgeable …..

    Coach Chow…I just read about Nevada Head Coach Chris Ault calling it a career…you need a replacement for Tommy Lee…can you say


  119. wowlaulau December 28, 2012 7:36 pm

    Rolo to Temple?

  120. Old School Dave December 28, 2012 7:53 pm

    Many forget that Kale Ane, the Punahou HC, was the S & C coach during the Bob Wagner years. Glenn Nakaya was his assistant.

  121. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 28, 2012 8:02 pm

    Can Chow say Anae?

  122. duffer December 28, 2012 8:07 pm

    duffer wants to know where is Petersen’s going too.

  123. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 28, 2012 8:10 pm


    To bed. Or as A-joe would say, “Petersen not going.”

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  125. raaswarriors50 December 28, 2012 8:16 pm

    I never place a former offensive line coach to run the offense! For example, the Chicago Bears named former Minnesota Vikings Offensive Line and Head Coach, Mike Tice, as their Offensive Coordinator! Simply, placing Robert Anae, isn’t the answer! Also, Anae was released from BYU as Bronco Mendenhall overhauled his Coaching Staff after BYU had a terrible season in 2009-2010-I think?! Let’s see if Rolo can coincide harmoniously with Norm Chow!

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