These are good times this fall for the volleyball Warriors, who went 8-4 in a recent California tournament, did well in recruiting, and are preparing for Tuesday’s exhibition match in the Stan Sheriff Center.
“There’s a lot to like,” said head coach Charlie Wade, who received a two-year contract extension this past summer.
Wade’s optimism is rooted in his 2015 recruiting class. “Anytime you get one guy off the (junior) national team, it’s nice,” Wade said. “We got three.”
The three blue-chippers are setter Joe Worsley (Pacific Rim Club, Campolindo High), 6-10 middle blocker Pat Gasman (Pacific Rim, Buchanan High), and Brett Rosenmeier (Coastal Club, Cox High in Virginia Beach).
The Warriors also signed 6-6 outside hitter Dalton Solbrig (Adversity Club, Lakes Community High in Illinois), 6-5 pin hitter Brandon Rattray (Seaside Club, Rancho Bernardo High in California), and 6-4 left-side hitter James Anastassiades (Huntington Beach Club, Huntington Beach High).
Worsley will be the third setter on the UH roster next season, a stockpiling strategy often used in football.
“I always liked the June Jones theory of quarterbacks, (having) seven or eight, then seeing if you can get one good one,” Wade said. “Typically, they’re good enough players they also can do other stuff.”
MPSF volleyball is an arms race, and the most successful have been teams with consistent cycles of powerful hitters. In recent years, Wade has used recruited players to develop. Hendrik Mol and Ian McKellar are ready to break into the rotation after progressing through the system.
“I don’t know if any of these guys need to play (immediately),” Wade said. “They’re all going to have a shot at getting to play. But in terms of our roster, you’re not looking at them having to step into the fire. They’ll have a chance to prove they can contribute. Out of the group, you’ll see some guys redshirt. It’ll allow us to continue to build the roster.”
The Warriors have seven seniors on this season’s roster.
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According to USA Today, Norm Chow has the second-lowest annual base salary among the 12 Mountain West coaches.
Here’s the breakdown: National ranking, school pay, other pay and total pay:
63 Jim McElwain (Colorado State): $1,500,000 + $0 = $1,500,000
65 Tim DeRuyter (Fresno State): $1,400,000 + $35,000 = $1,435,000
72 Bryan Harsin (Boise State): $1,000,004 + $0 = $1,000,004
74 Troy Calhoun (Air Force): $866,250 + $26,500 = $892,750
76 Bobby Hauck (UNLV): $850,000 + $0 = $850,000
78 Craig Bohl (Wyoming): $832,000 + $0 = $832,000
80 Rocky Long (San Diego State): $800,000 + $2,000 = $802,000
81 Bob Davie (New Mexico): $772,690 + $11,000 = $783,690
87 Norm Chow (Hawaii): $550,000 + $70,500 = $620,500
90 Matt Wells (Utah State): $575,000 + $1,434 = $576,434
91 Brian Polian (Nevada): $575,000 + $0 = $575,000
94 Ron Caragher (Sam Jose State): $525,000 + $0 = $525,000