Warriors: Estes joins coaching staff

Former UH offensive linemen John Estes has joined the Warriors’ coaching staff as an intern.

Estes replaces Ramsen Golpashin as top assistant to O-line coach Chris Naeole. In 2015, Golpashin was a graduate assistant who served as interim line coach for the final four games. Golphashin is now with Oregon, his alma mater.

Estes was a three-team All-WAC player who was used at guard and center for the Warriors. He started a record 54 consecutive games, including the 2008 Sugar Bowl.

Estes played professionally with the Jacksonville Jaguars and in the Canadian Football League.

The Warriors open spring training on Monday, with the first practice at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.


  1. mileHIwarrior March 24, 2016 8:46 am

    I like it! Keep bringing ’em home Coach!

  2. Da Punchbowl Kid March 24, 2016 8:48 am

    First! First to say welcome aboard to John Estes.


  3. Stephen Tsai March 24, 2016 8:58 am

    Estes also is Rockne Freitas’ nephew.

  4. Da Punchbowl Kid March 24, 2016 9:15 am

    Yep. O-line DNA. Good stuff.

  5. tom March 24, 2016 9:27 am


    And a good dsay as Stpehn is back at the helm.

    DPK: Where is Kekoa hitting nowdays? All is well with his ohana?

  6. hitman67 March 24, 2016 9:36 am

    welcome home John Estes !! cant to see how the team looks on monday !!

  7. haka March 24, 2016 10:24 am

    Welcome back John! #warriorpride
    Yes! Spring the Warriors!!! #priderock
    Continued Aloha for ST! #youdaman

  8. Manoa Mist March 24, 2016 10:24 am

    Great to have you back Mr. Tsai.

  9. MauiBoy March 24, 2016 10:33 am

    Welcome back Stephen! From the Maui Tsaiko’s.

  10. Duster March 24, 2016 10:36 am

    Great to have you back, Stephen.

    Having former Warriors like John, who have that certain credibility from having made it to the show (NFL) and having been exposed to high level OL techniques/drills, will bode well for us.

  11. Unkanesson March 24, 2016 11:18 am

    Hey ST!! Welcome back!!
    Yep, still lurking after all these years…
    Time to ramp up the enthusiasm for Rainbow Warrior football, with the new staff and Spring Camp just around the corner.
    Gotta add my cheers for the men’s and women’s basketball teams!!
    It feels like Warrior Nation and ST have emerged from the darkness into the light of a new season, and it feels good!!

  12. Da Punchbowl Kid March 24, 2016 12:20 pm

    Hey Tom! Kekoa and the Queen are out on the ceded lands and doing fine. Do you have his number?

  13. SteveM March 24, 2016 12:55 pm

    Welcome aboard, John Estes!

    Duster and Unkanesson — long time….!

  14. Stephen Tsai March 24, 2016 1:11 pm

    The eventual plan is for Estes to be a graduate assistant. But the admission process takes such a long time he wouldn’t have been allowed to participate in spring training. An intern can be on the field but there are certain restrictions on what he is able to do.

  15. jm2375 March 24, 2016 1:35 pm

    Welcome home, John Estes!


    ST, will you be covering the UCI games this weekend??

  16. tom March 24, 2016 1:39 pm


    No – don’t have it. Glad to hear about the Mrs.
    Please send me his E-mail address – it got lost in my computer.

  17. cappie the dog March 24, 2016 2:21 pm

    RIP Gary Shandling.

    Wait, here is the connection to Hawaii sports.

    During the Anthony Carter/Alika Smith years, it was rumored that Shandling had called about San Jose State tickets.

    Hawaii opponent Nevada made it to the CBI Championship Series against Morehead State.

    Hawaii opponents UC-Irvine and Coastal Carolina are still alive in the CIT.

  18. D-Bone March 24, 2016 4:22 pm

    Welcome Back John Estes and Stephen Tsai!

  19. 808warriorfan March 24, 2016 4:30 pm

    Any word on the possibility of Scott Harding joining as a Grad Asst. ?????

  20. cappie the dog March 25, 2016 3:45 am

    Brendon Hornung, welcome to what was Matt Cooper’s world.

    Throw a shutout or lose.

    Cooper is where he is today because the White Sox farmhand was always trying to protect a 1-0 lead.

  21. Stephen Tsai March 25, 2016 8:17 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=36451

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