The Mielke way

Matt Mielke, Leroy Lutu Jr., Greg Salas
Matt Mielke, Leroy Lutu Jr., Greg Salas

Matt Mielke’s initial plan called for joining the Warriors as a preferred walk-on safety/receiver in January 2006.

That plan lasted that spring semester. He was not invited to the 2006 training camp.

“There’s a lot of talent out there,” Mielke said. “Maybe I wasn’t quite the player I thought I was. That was back in the Colt Brennan days. We were really good.”

Mielke remained at UH, made good friends (former UH wideout Greg Salas was a roommate), and earned a degree in finance from UH’s Shidler College of Business.

“My love for football hasn’t subsided at all,” said Mielke, who decided to pursue a career as a sports agent. “With my passion for football, it made sense to get on the business side of football. I had great connections from UH. It was a natural formation.”

Mielke received certification to serve as an agent for Canadian Football League players and prospects. He is taking classes toward a master’s degree, one of the requirements for certification as an NFL agent.

Mielke, who is based in San Diego, has about a dozen clients. One of them – former UH quarterback Cayman Shutter — recently signed a deal to play for a team in France’s top division. Each team is allowed up to two American imports. Impressed with Shutter’s videos and work at two CFL combines and UH’s pro day, Niemes cut its quarterback to sign Shutter. Shutter, who was born in Canada, is fluent in French and football.

“I think (Shutter) found a good home, at least for this season,” Mielke said. “We’ll evaluate things after the season. I think it’s going to be a fun time for him out there.”

Mielke also is having fun.

“They say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life,” Mielke said.


  1. Da Punchbowl Kid March 27, 2015 9:46 am


  2. el burro sabio March 27, 2015 9:50 am

    elua, ni, dos

  3. Da Punchbowl Kid March 27, 2015 9:51 am

    “The Mielke way” ?! 😆

  4. Da Punchbowl Kid March 27, 2015 9:53 am

    Howdy ebs!

    Tsai loves to milk a pun out of every post title…

    Good luck to Mielke – may his office soon be filled with stars!

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid March 27, 2015 9:55 am

    Bon chance, Cayman!

  6. Stephen Tsai March 27, 2015 10:01 am

    I do remember a Family Feud episode a long time ago. One of the categories was Famous Mickeys.
    A family answered Mickey Mantle, Mickey Mouse, Mickey Rooney and … Mickey Way. LOL.

  7. Marleysdad March 27, 2015 10:09 am

    Trying to renew my football tickets. eTicket site is down.


  8. Marleysdad March 27, 2015 10:26 am

    Never mind. Site working again.

    But, in my renewal packet, it says save $10 on fees by renewing online. I still got charged $10 in fees.

  9. A-House March 27, 2015 10:31 am

    What is the job description of the UH Sports Information Director?

    Does it include keeping the public focused on football season ticket renewals or any other sport renewal tickets?

    Does it include getting the statistics out to the news media – polls – etc. about selected student athletes?

  10. A-House March 27, 2015 10:35 am

    recommendation on selecting the next UHAD:

    let the general public vote and if their person gets in, then they are beholding to support the UHAD by whatever means they decide on – cash, products, advertisements ( TV, radio, newspaper, etc. )

    unlike politicians, there will be NO “bennies” for large donors unless sanctioned by the athletic department for “above and beyond the call”

  11. st. anthony trojan March 27, 2015 10:38 am

    Marleysdad…….Maybe it is the new ‘montezumas revenge’ initiated by the new AD…seems me read sum where….he is the one that set it that system up….to tackle the deficit ? he he he

  12. TChahng March 27, 2015 10:39 am


  13. TChahng March 27, 2015 10:39 am

    Aw-shucks! Ship-Sam!

  14. A-House March 27, 2015 10:49 am

    to raise $$$:

    UH should revert to “lowering” ticket prices to increase the number of season ticket holders rather than SQUEEZE current season ticket holders. say $10 – $20 per ticket in ALL the yellow sections including current season ticket holders who now pay more than $20/game.

    lets see: 20,000 seats x $10/ seat = $200,000.

    5,000 seats x $30/seat = $150,000 { taking a guess on current seats occupied }

    :additional income” = $50,000.

    how many of the “5,000” ticket holders would now make a $$$ donation to UH?

    no different than an airline company who wants to fill seats on any flight except Hawaiian Air who increases price as the number of seats dwindle to stick it to those who “must” travel to a certain location such as Vegas.

  15. A-House March 27, 2015 10:50 am

    hello, hello! TChahng:

    nice to see you posting again!!!

  16. SteveM March 27, 2015 10:53 am

    Good morning everyone!

    ST is the “Piers Anthony” of sport writers. 🙂

  17. BigWave96744 March 27, 2015 10:56 am

    #8 You did save $10 by renewing online.
    Otherwise you would have been charged a $20

  18. BigWave96744 March 27, 2015 11:01 am

    Matt, Greg Salas and Rick Taylor, 3 funny guys when together

  19. SteveM March 27, 2015 11:02 am

    RE: #10
    A-House — a vote is an interesting idea. How about we take it a step further and say that every $dollar$ donated to AKA via UH Foundation counts as a vote for whatever candidate specified?

    Of course, after the “election” UH gets to keep the $$$ of the losing candidate(s) too, so UH is the winner for a while.

  20. Marleysdad March 27, 2015 11:18 am

    BigWave, is that so? Last year I remember my invoice having the $10 fee & a -$10 credit for a net of $0.

  21. Stephen Tsai March 27, 2015 11:24 am

    It’s ridiculous to charge any fee, online or in person, to renew.

  22. Stephen Tsai March 27, 2015 11:28 am

    Hawaiian Airlines paid a total of $5 million for naming rights to Aloha Stadium’s field. That’s $5 million UH should have pursued. Whoever dropped the ball on that one should be dropped.

  23. oneseason March 27, 2015 12:31 pm

    #21 ST … I just figured the online “fee” and “print at home” charges were somebody’s slush fund. If they go into the same pot as the ticket charge then I apologize for my lack of faith in humanity 🙂

  24. st. anthony trojan March 27, 2015 12:32 pm

    A-House…..should add… n build a bigger fan base….more sales at games from concessions….

    Yea name a field UH plays on… n UH get a ‘zero’ endorsement monies…

    Peeps…we always have to put in the back of our minds….Hawaiian air…OC16…Sheraton…etc…are 4 profit entities….net profit comes first…if it rolls off the tongue as if a ‘trojan horse’…acts like a gift trojan horse…tempting $$$$$$$$$$ like a trojan horsie….beware….

    Remember the dude that UHAD listened 2 ….for us to offer a travel subsidy 4 travel was a ‘FRIEND’ of RF…reaping the benefits from that now… NOW….

    Question…is that what a really true friend does…or just business reality ??
    Trojan Horse maybe ??

  25. Winning March 27, 2015 12:34 pm

    #22 . Right on! Who got the moola?

  26. 3-Prong March 27, 2015 2:19 pm

    Think it was d1 that came up with the idea of selling a 6pack soft cooler. Say $100 ($10 cost +-) which would allow you to bring in a 6 pack od can beer every game. The cooler would only be good for that season (change design each year). From the drinkers standpoint, it would pay for itself after 1-2 games (steal of a deal) The $90 in profit to the seller (Na Koa Cooler?) would provide much needed funding to our team. Come On…….Dis Not Rocket Science!! hehe

    Hmmm, all dis brain storming getting me “tirsty”. How much longer till Pau Hana?

  27. 3-Prong March 27, 2015 2:21 pm

    Eh, ST, if somebody take our idea, d1 and me gone take one cut. No worry, we donate em back!

  28. Marleysdad March 27, 2015 2:35 pm

    3-Prong, I like that idea. I’d buy 2!!!


  29. tom March 27, 2015 2:36 pm

    Does anyone know what the gross and net profit (if any) that Aloha Stadium makes each year?

  30. Buffoman March 27, 2015 2:38 pm

    Was there a fellow named “Packy” Ryan who played for UH a while back. I remember the name but can’t remember the sport. If he did who were some of his team mates?

  31. Stephen Tsai March 27, 2015 2:39 pm

    You had me at “cooler” …

  32. Stephen Tsai March 27, 2015 2:41 pm

    Packy Ryan was a guard. Gary Gray was a teammate.

  33. 3-Prong March 27, 2015 2:42 pm

    OK Marleysdad signed up for the first one off the press. Need to sell 999 more!

  34. 3-Prong March 27, 2015 2:45 pm

    ST gets the 2nd one. D1 and me makes 4….we made $360. Boo will match, dats $720!!!!

  35. Akamai Okole March 27, 2015 3:38 pm

    Someone say, “Cooler”?

  36. Akamai Okole March 27, 2015 3:39 pm

    Da season tickets ees renewededed!


    Da 1st pitch is done!


  37. cappie the dog March 27, 2015 3:55 pm

    Verne Lundquist brought up Rick Pitino’s stint as interim coach during the Louisville/NC State game.

    Pitino tried to recruit Jim Spanarkel.

  38. cappie the dog March 27, 2015 3:58 pm


    I remember a Racky Sesler.

  39. islandman March 27, 2015 4:41 pm

    The closing date for the men’s basketball coach was moved up to April 2 from April 13.

  40. islandman March 27, 2015 4:43 pm

    the closing date for the position opening.

  41. 3-Prong March 27, 2015 4:49 pm

    Aurite Smat Okole! One mo renewal, 29,998 more and we get em!

  42. jm2375 March 27, 2015 5:25 pm

    Warriors win 11th in a row! Sweep UCSD and clinch playoff berth.
    Hana hou tomorrow!


  43. Old Diver March 27, 2015 5:56 pm

    Aloha Stadium is a money loser. If UH took over Aloha Stadium it would also inherit the $200 million repair bill. UH would be left in the position of lobbying the legislature for the $200 million instead of the Stadium Authority. Things sound great if you expect to inherit the revenues and make the expenses some else’s responsibility.

  44. al March 27, 2015 6:06 pm

    #6…the other day on family feud they were asked to name something that starts with “pork”.
    The answers were:
    Pork chop
    Pork loin
    Pork ribs
    And after much thought pork “Cupine”

    True story

  45. al March 27, 2015 6:08 pm

    Oh and btw…the little birdies nailed it again, calling it for Matlin weeks ago.

  46. Old Diver March 27, 2015 6:28 pm



    Does that mean the KA interview was a farce?

  47. A-house March 27, 2015 7:56 pm

    ST #22:

    I heard of the $250,000 Hawaiian Air paid to Aloha Stadium for the field naming rights UH received only $25,000 – someone decided that this was to be their share – per Jim D.

  48. Winning March 27, 2015 8:40 pm

    #47 The state (JIM D.?) rips off its own state run University again! What else is new.

  49. tom March 27, 2015 8:46 pm

    #43 I am interested in the income and expense of Aloha Stadium. I know there is a repair problem.

  50. Old Diver March 27, 2015 9:03 pm

    For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, the authority reported total operating revenues of $7.8 million and total operating expenses of $13.8 million, resulting in an operating loss of $6 million.

  51. beans March 27, 2015 9:39 pm

    7.8m revenue and they depreciate 6.2m? Hmmmm. I guess if you operate at a paper loss you don’t pay income tax and should have a good year to year loss carry forward. But really? Repairs and maintenance 2% of revenues for a facility 40 years old? Really?

  52. beans March 27, 2015 9:41 pm

    2% of expenses

  53. beans March 27, 2015 9:44 pm

    Do we have a cash flow analysis to look at?

  54. Tiki808 March 27, 2015 9:50 pm

    congrats. Remember them. Winning years. JJ

  55. BigFan March 28, 2015 12:22 am

    #26, 3-Prong, great idea but I don’t think the liquor vendors will be too happy. lol.

  56. 3-Prong March 28, 2015 5:38 am

    Bigfan: the coolers could be sold with the idea that the fans can bring in whatever they want in the cooler (snacks, water, soda, bento) so that the beer vendors don’t feel like they are the only ones being picked on. Bag checks can continue for those that don’t buy the cooler. Can you imagine how popular those thing would be.

  57. A-house March 28, 2015 7:11 am

    rather than bleeding UH “dry”, Stadium Authority should look for ways to increase their revenue besides UH and the “flea market”

    80% {guessing} of the time it sits empty

    is there a “clause”, like the Stanley, that it must gain City & County approval to host events?

  58. A-house March 28, 2015 7:18 am

    next stadium should have a roof

    build it on/over the existing lower parking lot with “mega steps/stairs” over Salt Lake Blvd and Kahuapaani Street and entry/exit directly to H-1, Kam Hwy, Salt Lake Blvd, and Kahuapaani Street

  59. kev-1 March 28, 2015 8:04 am

    I don’t care what the “next” stadium has. We just need a next one. Aren’t we sick of having this stupid Aloha Stadium debate? How long will the state have a problem with something until they realize that the way they run it doesn’t work?

    And btw . . . if the NFL finds another tropical, beach retreat type of location for the Pro Bowl, they won’t come back to Hawaii. Ummm . . . their considering Brazil people! Do you have any idea what the crime rate is in Brazil? Sounds like a great idea to me. Take a bunch of millionaires to Brazil to party and play an all star game. Criminals are drooling over the idea. Trust.

    If the NFL bolts to another vacation destination type location for the Pro Bowl, Hawaii can say goodbye for good. And with that, Aloha Stadium will have even less to “sell” to the gullible state decision makers who still think it is feasible.

  60. Boolakanaka March 28, 2015 8:40 am

    I’m sure the vast marketing department of the NFL has drilled into both the interest and numbers–consider this Rio is a city of about NYC city and São Paulo about double that….I have been to futebol (soccer games) where their were over, 150,0000, yes 150,000, in attendance. Now, when you have that couple with international TV rights–that’s a lot of kala.

    Crime while present, is no worse than other large international cities….

  61. beans March 28, 2015 8:49 am

    Fans don’t go to games to admire the stadium, they go to see the game and cheer their team. All the “talk” about needing a new stadium is foolishness. Champagne taste and beer pocketbook. We are a city of just one million. We can’t afford to spend monies on a new stadium when we homeless people including children living on the streets. We need a product (team and experience) that will draw fans to the venue repeatedly. Fix what we have: Team and Venue.

  62. tom March 28, 2015 8:49 am

    kev-1 #59

    NFL is trying to sell its product world-wide.
    Money is what makes their world go round.

    Hawaii will only be a side-show and realistically, if we build a stadium MAINLY for the Pro-Bowl, that would be a huge mistake.

    Agree with kev-1 – we should build the stadium only for our own use but not for a hope-for one-time-a-year user.

  63. beans March 28, 2015 8:49 am

    have homeless people

  64. kev-1 March 28, 2015 8:53 am

    My point about the NFL and Brazil is that once they find a location that is the equivalent to the vacation spot that Hawaii is, they won’t be back. I’m not saying it doesn’t make business sense for the NFL. I am just saying that it makes Aloha Stadium that much more worthless.

  65. kev-1 March 28, 2015 9:18 am

    Boolakanaka … I disagree that crime in Brazil is comparable to most international cities.

    If you take a look at international crime statistics, violent crime in Brazil is pretty high in comparison to many other countries. Something like 14 out of the top 50 deadliest cities in the world are all in Brazil. 10 out of the 20 top cities in terms of homicide rates are in Brazil.

    Now I’m not dumb. I know that not every city in Brazil is that bad, or that big events don’t happen there. I was just comparing it to Hawaii initially. It is actually a very good global market. Look at what the UFC has done in Brazil.

  66. Stephen Tsai March 28, 2015 9:20 am

    New post:

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