Daniel Bukarau and Jared Vanderbeek have been recommended as graduate assistant coaches for the Warriors this season. Both served as volunteers during the spring semester.
They were selected from more than 50 applicants in a vetting process that took more than a month.
Bukarau will help coach the offensive line; Vanderbeek will work on defense.
Bukarau is a 2003 Kailua High graduate. He joined Utah as a walk-on offensive lineman in 2003, then went on a church mission to Costa Rica. He re-enrolled at Utah in the spring of 2007. He eventually received a football scholarship.
Vanderbeek had previously served as defensive coordinator at American River College. He is a 2004 graduate of Granite Bay (Calif.) High. He was a walk-on defensive back at California for two years (redshirting for a season) before transferring to American River College. He played his final two college seasons for Sacramento State.
The Warriors’ other two GAs are Inoke Funaki and Olivia Vea, who will assist video coordinator Dory Kong.
Head coach Norm Chow is considering creating two intern positions. The decision is awaiting the availability of funds.
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While you were sleeping, Chow’s appearance on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” aired this morning at 3 Hawaii time. He defended the NCAA rule on transfers.
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Receiver Chinedu Amadi has been told to practice his punting. The punting position is uncertain after Alex Dunnachie was arrested a week ago on an accusation of drunken driving. Dunnachie is scheduled to appear in District Court on Aug. 3.
Amadi averaged 39.2 yards per punt at Chino High School.
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By the way, today is Amadi’s birthday.