The crew

Taylor Averill might not be the MPSF’s player of the year, but he certainly ranks high for sportsmanship. Averill, who is certain to be named an All-American next week, was genuinely happy that teammates Siki Zarkovic, Brook Sedore, Jennings Franciskovic and Kolby Kanetake received recognition from the MPSF.

In nearly every interview, Averill acknowledges sports-performance trainer Daniel Mar Chong and athletic trainer Bruce Hamelin.

Daniel Mar Chong
Daniel Mar Chong
Mar Chong is largely credited with Averill’s makeover. Under Mar Chong’s guidance, Averill lost fat, built strength and muscle, and now is perhaps the sport’s most complete middle. Averill’s ability to crush an imperfect set — with the option of a cutback or spray shot — is possible because of his explosive jump, which is possible because of core and leg training under Mar Chong’s program.

Bruce Hamelin
Bruce Hamelin

Athletic trainers are comparable to mechanics who repair and maintain players’ health. Hamelin also has the added role of motivator, often imploring the players during timeouts. Last weekend, Hamelin attended a best friend’s wedding in Florida, forcing him to miss the road matches against BYU. UH lost both matches, ending a 16-match winning streak.

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With limited floor space at UH, linebacker Julian Gener did core exercises in the Stan Sheriff Center the other day. To his side was athletic trainer Jayson Goo, also doing core exercises. UH has a fit group of trainers. Brian Wong, who is assigned to football, usually wakes up at 4 a.m. to work out.

Julian Gener and Jayson Goo
Julian Gener and Jayson Goo

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Speaking of fit, football manager Brandon “Sudsy” Devie ran 2:58 in the Boston Marathon this week. It topped his previous marathon best of 3:05. As for the nickname, well, he was doing laundry for the Warriors on a road trip and had difficulty figuring out the detergent-to-water ratio …

Brandon "Sudsy" Devie
Brandon “Sudsy” Devie

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The Warriors’ 11th spring practice will be at Aloha Stadium this evening.

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Brother Mike’s PhD defense is today. Wish him well. This is the final step before he can become Dr. Mike.


  1. leron April 24, 2015 7:10 am


  2. Da Punchbowl Kid April 24, 2015 7:13 am

    I second that, leron!

    Good morning! 🙂

  3. tom April 24, 2015 7:20 am


  4. tom April 24, 2015 7:24 am

    Thanks Daniel Mar Chong and Bruce Hamelin!.

  5. A-House April 24, 2015 7:26 am

    Good morning

    my, my 2 early risers!!!!!

  6. A-House April 24, 2015 7:27 am

    and a good morning to the “counselor” of this blog!!

  7. H-man April 24, 2015 7:27 am

    Very nice article about the trainers. These guys look like they could play. And Julian has legs like a NT. No wonder he has so much power.

  8. A-House April 24, 2015 7:29 am

    Hi ho, Hi ho, it’s work I am
    sitting at my desk with unwelcomed audio ads popping up since yesterday!

  9. Stephen Tsai April 24, 2015 7:33 am

    I need a warning with these pop-up ads.
    I’m a heart patient. I can’t be scared witless with these surprise ads.

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid April 24, 2015 7:34 am

    It takes a team to make a team great. Mahalo to all of the “team” members who have helped the Volley Ball Warriors to have such a great season. Those behind the scenes create the scene, and the Warriors are sight to see this season!

    We’ll be at the Stanley tomorrow night!

  11. Da Punchbowl Kid April 24, 2015 7:35 am

    Good morning, Colonel, Judge, H-Man and our glorious leader.

  12. NorthShoreFan April 24, 2015 7:38 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    “Sudsy”? me tots it was because he was fond of the “suds” on top of da glass.

    me battling dem pop up audios too. dang irritating!

    Anyhoo, IMUA WARRIORS!

  13. seewhy April 24, 2015 7:49 am

    Good morning, Tsaikos!

    Always have to give credit to the behind the scenes guys. They sure put in a lot of hard work for the Bows!

  14. Loa April 24, 2015 8:00 am

    morning gang!

    IMUA Brother Mike

  15. 3-Prong April 24, 2015 8:04 am

    Happy Aloha Friday Hawaii. Big weekend on hand. Da Stanley gone be Rockin!

    Let’s Go Bows!

  16. jm2375 April 24, 2015 8:12 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Best wishes to Brother Mike on his PhD defense!

    Thanks to all the “behind the scenes” people for all their hard work.

    ST, don’t you know I’m da clueless wahine?


  17. SteveM April 24, 2015 8:30 am

    Good morning everyone!

    KMuch kudos to the Trainers!

    I have no doubt that ST will have a Ph.D brother tonight… early congrats to Dr. Mike!

  18. Tanman April 24, 2015 9:00 am

    Yes, support staff are very important. Great support can make or break a sports team, an academic unit, a company or organization. Thank you to all the support staff at UH!!! Since the trainers are featured today, thank you for keeping our athletes healthy and help them play better on the court/field or in the pool/ocean…

    Good luck to your brother Mike. I wonder if he is going to leave the community college and go teach at the university level full time…

  19. Ipu Man April 24, 2015 9:11 am

    To fight the audio intrusions, I just plug in an ear phone and put it aside.
    Ahhh, quiet and peace.

  20. boolakanaka April 24, 2015 9:29 am

    Hmmn, I just read this passage this morning– “With Jameis Winston I see JaMarcus Russell,” a longtime sr. executive in personnel said. “They do dumb things.

    What do y’all think?

  21. seewhy April 24, 2015 9:42 am

    RE: 3-Prong #15

    Getting me all excited for tomorrow! Go Bows!

  22. Da Punchbowl Kid April 24, 2015 9:45 am

    GO MIKEY!!!

  23. seewhy April 24, 2015 9:47 am

    RE: boolakanaka #20

    Well, as long as Winston stays out of trouble and keeps his hands off the purple drank…

  24. Steve P April 24, 2015 9:58 am

    The practice at the stadium, is it open to the public and if so what time?

  25. seewhy April 24, 2015 9:59 am

    Good luck to Mike!

  26. Stephen Tsai April 24, 2015 10:12 am

    Stadium practice is from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Don’t think it’s open to the public, but if you’re a relative of a player, I’m sure you can go.
    It’s also the last practice of this week.
    No practice tomorrow.
    They’ll go four times next week. Remember: No spring game.

  27. haka April 24, 2015 10:45 am

    Mahalo to the Crew!
    Good luck to the Wahine PoloBows!
    Attack da Beaches! (Sorry, couldn’t resist)
    And the TennisBows!
    And the SoftBows!
    And the TrackBows!
    And the SandBows!
    And the BaseBows!
    And the GolfBows!
    And last, but certainly not least,
    Good luck to the VolleyBows!
    Let’s Go Bows!
    Let’s Go Bows!
    Let’s Go Bows!
    (Echoing through the Stanley!)

  28. Willie April 24, 2015 11:33 am

    Yup, these guys are worth more than their weight in gold. Back in the day Eric Okazaki really helped with my rehab and took good care of us. Plus he is a very nice guy!

  29. islandman April 24, 2015 1:00 pm

    Mar Chong and Hamelin are not listed in the Hawaii Athletics staff directory. Too new ?

  30. clyde April 24, 2015 1:41 pm

    Dr. Michael Tsai. That has a great ring to it. Good luck, bro.

  31. Bryson April 24, 2015 1:46 pm

    UH has done a terrible job in trying to get people reinteresred in the Football program…I understand no spring game to prevent injuries but why not have at least an event for the community maybe a meet and greet autograph session or even a clinic like they put on when Mack was headcoach kinda dissapointed

  32. Inyoface April 24, 2015 2:23 pm

    The only way to get the people reinterested is to win, that’s it already.

  33. jimmy the lock April 24, 2015 2:26 pm

    To get people interested you need to win. Great example is the Volleyball team.

  34. 3-Prong April 24, 2015 3:54 pm

    almost pau hana! Let’s see if da bows can hit this hotshot prospect tonite. 95-99mph with a wicked slider they say.

  35. Trunks420 April 24, 2015 4:40 pm

    Fresno state commit having personal problems

  36. 3-Prong April 24, 2015 5:15 pm

    Let the weekend begin, it’s Tirsty Time! Go Bows!

  37. H-man April 25, 2015 1:34 am

    “HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior football team held a full-contact, 77-play controlled scrimmage during a two-hour session Friday night, under the lights of Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.” Excerpt from the hawaiiathletics website. It was a closed scrimmage and the public was not invited. I don’t believe it, but then again, why am I surprised?

  38. Inyoface April 25, 2015 6:53 am

    Why do our receivers keep dropping passes?

  39. tom April 25, 2015 8:12 am

    #38 – Why do our receivers keep dropping passes?

    Could be a bunch of factors such as lousy vision, over-anxiety, butterfingers, inexperience, QB passes too fast/hard.

  40. Ipu Man April 25, 2015 8:16 am

    Because the footballs are not under-inflated
    to make them softer and easier to catch.

  41. Stephen Tsai April 25, 2015 8:21 am

    New post:

  42. 3-Prong April 25, 2015 8:22 am

    Game Day at the Stanley, Duke, Murakami, Ching, and Queens.

    Go Bows!

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