Update: Thom Kaumeyer


Here are the answers: Jackie Robinson, Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth), William Hung, Jerry Tarkanian …

Question: Name some people affiliated with Pasadena City College?

Bonus answer: Former UH defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer, who was named the Lancers’ head coach this past week.

After his UH contract was not renewed following the 2013 season, Kaumeyer went to Japan, where he was consultant for the Fujitsu team that won the X-League championship.

Kaumeyer was set to be an assistant coach with Team USA when he was offered the Pasadena job. Like most California community college programs, the facilities are nice, the budget is complicated (PCC gets about $1 million from Rose Bowl-related activities), and the job specs are wide. Kaumeyer will teach health classes during the spring semester. He said he looks forward to that aspect, which he describes as “fun” and not just “football, football, football.”

Kaumeyer said he will implement a 4-3 scheme that flexes into 3-4 with a stand-up end. He also will use the 3-3-5 in passing situations. On offense, there will be a one-back attack with motions, although he will call no-huddle plays “in spurts.”

His approach is to take the time to teach the schemes fully and accurately.

“We’re going to go slow to go fast,” Kaumeyer said. “We’re going to take our time to install correctly. If you don’t do it correctly, you’ll have some success and then you’ll have problems. If we can build it slow, and do things the right way, and make sure guys know what’s going on, when it all falls together, it’ll be like boom. It’ll take off. … Once the thing starts taking off, ‘let’s go get it.'”

Kaumeyer said he still supports the Warriors.

“I think they’re going to do well this year,” he said.


  1. el burro sabio June 7, 2015 8:36 am

    First Ekahi Ichi Uno
    Good luck to Coach Kaumeyer

  2. Old School Dave June 7, 2015 8:37 am

    Congrats to Thom Kaumeyer! Best of luck at PCC. Lots of talent to choose from in that area. California JUCOs have some very nice athletic facilities. Some athletic facilities nicer than others, but most UH fans would be very surprised if they did see them.

  3. oneseason June 7, 2015 8:52 am

    Davis Rozitis makes provides an interesting counterpoint to the NCAA/UH admin version of the allegations against the MBB program … “The incident I have been ruled ineligible for further shows how the total lack of guidance by the University and the compliance office set us up to fail. Knowing I needed to move items into my dorm and not owning a car I specifically went to compliance and asked if I could borrow a friends car. They gave me permission to do so.” … Arnold/”He was very adamant and taught the team that we needed to look out for each other and stay away from any possible situations that could endanger our eligibility. This is the meeting that the NCAA claims that Coach Gib told us to “hide” my “major violation”. This is not true. I was there and Coach was only making it very clear to be careful about what actions we take as student-athletes. There was never any kind of cover up to hide this incident.” … http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/court-sense/rozitis-issues-statement/

  4. WWF June 7, 2015 8:53 am

    “His approach is to take the time to teach the schemes fully and accurately.

    “We’re going to go slow to go fast,” Kaumeyer said. “We’re going to take our time to install correctly. If you don’t do it correctly, you’ll have some success and then you’ll have problems. ”

    Was this a subtle message to Coach Chow’s method of practicing?

  5. SteveM June 7, 2015 11:00 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Congrats and good luck to coach Kaumeyer!
    …hopefully a pipeline to some Pasadena JC athletes opens. ?)

  6. st. anthony trojan June 7, 2015 1:12 pm

    Well seems to me…his emphasis in on taking sum digs from his past employment here …at UH…n the coach…showing more n more conflicts between head coach n his staff… on how things were run during his time here…

    Hope he does well… n prove to him n others…that his method etc…is how it should have been done…good luck dude….

  7. Bowwar June 7, 2015 3:28 pm

    Pretty quiet in Tsaikos-land even for a Sunday. I always thought Kaumeyer was a sacrificial lamb to appease people when Chow was supposed to to be fired. I wish him well!

  8. st. anthony trojan June 7, 2015 4:18 pm

    Bowar…if that was a motion…me would second it…

    The red flags were there.. n UH did NOT want to acknowledge…he worked for a school for 27 years…yet they would not retain him when LaVell Edwards retired…
    Our AD at the time…must have known…why they would not retain him… n for his foresight…he got canned…Only in Hawaii… he he he

    Can only hope….he is true now to his word n start to give more freedom to his coaches…for if there is bickering amongst the coaches…it will trickle down to the players…for they will surely see it…n show at game time…just hope max does really welll n prove his former coach at USC…the wrong decision was made there…for our benefit…me hope…

  9. Inyoface June 7, 2015 7:37 pm

    How do you get to the latest post?

  10. SteveM June 7, 2015 7:47 pm

    RE: #9
    inyoface — try using: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/category/warrior-beat/?php

    Iy you bookmark/favorite the URl, you should edit the url to have the /”?php” at the end, as above.
    The regular bookmark will not carry the “?php” — I think. 😕

  11. el burro sabio June 7, 2015 10:28 pm

    If I look hard enough at Coach Kaumeyer’s comments, I also draw the inference that he thinks sex education should not be taught in public schools, climate change is real, and the rail is a good idea.

  12. pollypicador June 7, 2015 11:10 pm


    The above link gives a little more info into the TK bio.

    My question: In 1994 he was the HC at Palomar College, guiding the team to a 8-3 record and a No. 18 final national ranking on the JC Grid-Wire Top 25. This is good. The following year in 1995, he was coaching in Japan. Huh? Why the downward trajectory, especially since he did so well with Palomar College in 1994?

    My next question: Any Hawaii ties on Palomar’s roster, players or future hires. Is TK going to take a look at former Hawaii OC (Wynn)?

  13. SteveM June 7, 2015 11:16 pm

    …with this post, I now have 25% of the comments for today’s blog entry! Maybe getting close to beating gigi-hawaii’s record (percentage-wise). Of course, we used to have 30o-500 comments per entry in those days…

  14. pollypicador June 8, 2015 5:31 am


    Another way to look at it.

    You have the horizon in front of you. You are 28 years old. You’re knocking on doors to bigger and better coaching opportunities…and then you go coach in Japan. Okay. What’s the angle? Women? Marriage? Travel? I want to know.

  15. cappie the dog June 8, 2015 7:01 am

    Let’s go Titans!!!

    I love post-season college baseball.

    It’s so disappointing to have only one west-based team to root for.

    As much as I pull for Hawaii-born players, it’s next to impossible for me to root for Arkansas.

    On an unrelated note, the John Fogerty concert was sublime. I was expecting an old man on a stool strumming his acoustic guitar. The sound level was ear-splitting loud, louder than The Cure concert. Fogerty might not be Eddie Van Halen, but I think he’s underrated as a guitarist.

    Fogerty outperformed musicians half his age: this was a better show than Jack White, The National, Alabama Shakes, and even my beloved Cure.

    It makes me wish I checked out Neil Diamond.

    I am guilty of ageism.

    Going to this concert wasn’t my idea.

    I’m definitely attending Roger McGuinn’s upcoming performance at Hawaii Theater.

    During the concert, Fogerty name-checked John Cruz. He’s the second mainland-based musician to do so. In 2005, the opening act for Aimee Mann, actually covered “Island Style”.

  16. leron June 8, 2015 7:41 am

    Former Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony was also a student at PCC where he met the VH brothers. For the record, Eddie’s son Wolfgang is the current bass player and they’re going on tour soon but I digress.

  17. A-House June 8, 2015 8:54 am

    SA front page “screams” UH President a steal”

    by whose account and what for? seems it’s only for “economic” posture; not leadership; not supporting the athletic department.

    yes,. my microcosm view is not shared by many, but it’s my view especially when he makes public announcements how critical/important athletics is to UH and the state of Hawaii then proclaims in a BOR meeting that he has NO intent to give UHAD additional funds – kinda makes him look like a fool, IMHO.

    He and upper campus has no intent in giving extra $$ to support Title IX nor the non-revenue sports nor travel subsidies – yes, he was not president when the deal was struck with the MWC/BWC on travel expenses – however, he has the option to seek other options including getting out of both conferences — of course, this is the worst and last option, but it’s still an option

    like an old fuddy duddy, as I rapidly approach the “life tables” on life expectancy, it’s less important that UH has a football program — we will continue to travel to locations where we have not visited with the football team while the mind and body will allow — oh, I forgot denayrios too!!!!!!!!

  18. Stephen Tsai June 8, 2015 9:14 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=31428

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