With Dr. Andrew Nichols’ promotion to director of UH student health services, the Warriors are in search of a new team physician. A decision should be reached soon. In the interim, Nichols is overseeing the physical examinations for players on the training-camp roster.
Nichols has been a good match for the Warriors — helpful but not intrusive; with both bedside and sideline manners. His calm demeanor is useful for a player suffering injuries during the chaotic situation of the game. The Warriors’ loss will be the overall gain for Manoa’s entire student body.
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Strength coach Tommy Heffernan has declared the offseason conditioning program to be a success and, as a reward, the players will be excused from workouts for the next two days. The rest is much deserved. The Warriors’ first practice is Thursday.
For those keeping track, defensive lineman Zach Masch and offensive lineman Elmer Lim had the top bench-press totals in team testing last week.
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Any day now, the volleyball Warriors will announce the hiring of a new assistant coach. Former Warrior Vernon Podlewski is expected to be named.
Last month, Podlewski announced he would not be returning as head coach of the Mid-Pacific Institute girls’ volleyball team. Last week, MPI announced Drew Pascua would be Podlewski’s successor.