Warriors need Lance a lot

Word on the street is former UH defensive tackle Lance Samuseva — pending background checks, other red tape and hurdles— is poised to join the Warriors’ coaching staff. He was an intern the past three seasons. The likely hiring makes sense because:

Lance> He’s likable. Former d-line coach Lewis Powell, who worked with Samuseva the past three years, had nothing but praise. Players past and present also appreciate Samuseva’s stern but wise approach.

> He’s a hard worker. In 2012, Samuseva re-joined the Warriors as a volunteer intern. He did the grunt work, willingly and enthusiastically. His reward was receiving a modest stipend beginning in 2013.

> He’s loyal. Since Norm Chow was named head coach, the one constant has been Samuseva. He stayed when he could have gone elsewhere. He’s loyal to Chow and to the program.

> He’s smart.

> He’s an alumnus. He understands the history of the program because he’s lived it.

Link: Samuseva


  1. Makai February 25, 2015 9:59 am

    Staff coming along

  2. SteveM February 25, 2015 10:16 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Welcome to coach Samuseva!

  3. bowwar February 25, 2015 10:20 am

    Nothing wrong with “home grown” coaches…I just hope he can provide coaching and leadership the players need.

  4. ponojr February 25, 2015 10:29 am

    If he’s already interning, why the background check?

  5. Maddog50 February 25, 2015 10:33 am

    Congrats to Coach Lance!

  6. hitman February 25, 2015 10:39 am

    morning and aloha everyone !! ST nice to see a story on a coach that wants to be there. why there so slow with all the red tape ? see the new OC is in town !! he looks like a go getter!!

  7. A-House February 25, 2015 10:39 am


    like your “lead-in” remark of “Lance a lot”.

    me I like Prince Valiant – absolute 1st step in reading the Sunday morning paper is the comic section – Mrs A-House says he never gets old after 3 centuries!

  8. Warbow February 25, 2015 10:41 am

    Being more “loyal” to Chow than the program may end up being a career killer for him.

  9. A-House February 25, 2015 10:48 am

    me likes the new hires by Chow – many, many steps in the right direction (IMHO) – wish he had done this upon being named HC in 2012

    this makes spring ball very interesting for certain Tsaikos who religiously attend early am practices and those like me who are constantly “trolling” the blog site

    if 2015 turns out to be a truly BANNER year for football – many, many cheers to Chow for his new “crew” – got that queasy feeling in the pomp!!! – can I say Sugar or Fiesta Bowl in 2016? – same feeling I had in early 2007 when I asked Mrs A-House to notify her family that the 2008 New Years gathering at our house must be pushed back at least 1 week

    like Aragon in Lord of the Rings, “what say you?”

  10. Derek February 25, 2015 10:56 am

    Maybe he can coach,but can he recruit and is a very good evaluator of talent? Is he convincing? He’s getting started, but I say give him a shot. Unfortunately, he’s got to show results right away. This business is all about results.

    On another note, let Jay go now. Let him be with his family. And let’s get going with hiring the AD. It’s sickening how long it takes. Fans have been more than being patient.

  11. Old Diver February 25, 2015 11:02 am

    Lance Samuseva=True Warrior

  12. Haleakala February 25, 2015 11:02 am

    ST: You get 3 stars for the by-line. It shows your brain is working at a high level.

  13. nutmegger February 25, 2015 11:02 am

    Gotta believe!

  14. jeezy33 February 25, 2015 11:04 am

    10. Definitely will be the concern. In Hawaii, you really need to make sure you have coaches that have connections in certain regions of the country. I feel like we should have Hawaii covered with Naeole and Gouveia. Samuseva probably doesn’t have much of a recruiting connect on the west coast. Hopefully Samoa. Elimimian should know a few coaches in the LA area. We lost our Nor Cal connection with Powell. Hoping Texas connection comes back with Mason. I really miss that Navarro, Blinn pipeline. Those kids never got home sick either.

  15. st. anthony trojan February 25, 2015 11:44 am

    click on link to samuseva gets me to the taxi driver ??

  16. Warbow February 25, 2015 11:47 am

    Mason should have a lot of Northern Cal recruiting connections as well as he coached for Fresno St for several years under P. Hill. He should also have some Nevada and Washington connections if he maintained them thought-out his career.

    Side note, Mason coached the Fresno St LB who gave Colt a concussion, Marcus Riley.

  17. Warbow February 25, 2015 11:57 am

    Okay all you so called trivia experts here’s one for you.

    What does Coaches Mason and Bailey have in common?

  18. st. anthony trojan February 25, 2015 12:05 pm

    Haleakala…ur not giving the blog host enough stars…his subject line…or by line is always excellent…making us all want to click n open n read…is what it should be…shows if you have a fertile mind…n know what makes people tick n click…

    CONVERSELY…ST should go up to the UHAD office n give sum very needed lessons on ‘subject lines’ in their e-mail to fans, that they send out on a regular basis…always the same…’news n discounts’…very mundane n boring n shows their complete disregard for getting fans info n excited about ne thing that goes on up

    So sad…cuz so many positives up there…to counter act all the negatives that seem to be going on…WAHINE BB… doing excellent…hiring of Smuseva…men’s baseball…doing good even no really hot bats yet..yet had a sell out for the opener…
    men’s volleyball so very young.. n doing well…all of these should get a subject line in their e -mail….

    Most of…if not all…of ST’s by lines is always positive… n makes us guess what his story will be 4 the day….n he keeps us posted…guess he spends as much hours up their as they do….so me ask…why are they so lacking in the skills they were hired to do ????

    Oops… better go take my medication…he he he

  19. st. anthony trojan February 25, 2015 12:07 pm

    WARBOW.. ARE THEY BOTH HALOES…or not supposed 2 use that word he he he

  20. Derek February 25, 2015 12:10 pm

    Wow! That’s a very significant donation to the UH athletic department of $1.2 million along with the $875,000 the woman donated in 2011. I don’t know who that person is but I do know that Constance Lau has a lot of money. I don’t know if she’s a big supportor because she’s a Yale graduate and also has an advanced degree at Stanford. She really has no ties to UH, however her company Hawaii Electic Industries and American Savings Bank were sponsors before, if not now give money to the UH athletic department. But, whoever this woman is that donated the money that’s very, very generous of her. She should be recognized and applauded for it. If I hit the megabucks, I’ll donate $1 million to the UH athletic department. Put it down. And Hawaii will beat Ohio State in September.
    Ha, Ha, Ha!

  21. Warbow February 25, 2015 12:12 pm

    19..Not sure about that but both coaches for Boise St at the same time when Boise St was playing for a D-II championships.

  22. BigWave96744 February 25, 2015 12:14 pm

    #17, both Mason & Bailey were assistants under Pokey Allen at Portland St and Boise St, including the 94 season at Boise where they lost in the DIAA championship game

  23. jeezy33 February 25, 2015 12:22 pm

    I am going to be optimistic and look at this year as an audition for Mason and Bailey to be the next HC.

    It would be dumb to offer a extension to NC who is going to enter his 70s very soon regardless how this team does. In order for us to have a winning season, either our offense or defense maybe both are going to have to dominate. if Bailey can turn around a horrendous offense in 1 year, I would give him the job like Oregon did to Chip when they knew Belottis time was coming to an end.

    Now thats a big IF our offense clicks.

  24. BigWave96744 February 25, 2015 12:30 pm

    Both are also born and raised in Washington St.

  25. Boolakanaka February 25, 2015 12:42 pm

    Derek, you gotta watch out for those boola-boola alum….

  26. Kapahulu February 25, 2015 1:19 pm

    From the Star Advertiser Online:

    Former University of Hawaii men’s basketball coach Larry Little died Wednesday in a Las Vegas hospital, according to friends.

    The death was also reported by the Shreveport (La.) Times. The cause of death was reported to be complications from a new pacemaker he received Monday.

    Little, 75, coached the Rainbow Warriors for nine seasons beginning with the 1976-’77 season.

    He was 103-143 at UH and 203-176 overall, including five years at Centenary where the Gents were ranked as high as No. 17.

    Little took over at UH in the wake of an NCAA investigation that resulted in sanctions, including a two-year probation. He later led the Rainbow Warriors into the Western Athletic Conference in 1979-’80.

    After leaving UH Little ran the Hula Bowl for four years before moving to Las Vegas where he has been a realtor.

    He and Riley were good friends.
    May he rest in peace.

  27. bowwar February 25, 2015 2:00 pm

    Larry Little’s claim to fame was Robert Parish…He won alot of games at Centenary because of Parish, but also got alot of flack because of Parish’s SAT/GPA which were questionable. Despite all that, Little took over beleaguered and sanctioned BB program and ran a “clean” program during his tenure. Little was very personable and had the charm of a Southern gentleman…He did restore integrity in the Men’s BB program and should be commended for that.

    Rest in peace and prayers for his family.

  28. hatakeman February 25, 2015 2:01 pm

    Taxi??? Clicking on Samuseva gets you to the SA digital front page.

  29. jm2375 February 25, 2015 2:03 pm

    Condolences to Larry Little’s ohana.

    Mahalo to the anonymous donor for your generosity.


  30. leron February 25, 2015 2:18 pm

    #16 That was quite a hit on Brennan.


  31. 808WarriorFan February 25, 2015 2:33 pm

    I say give Lance Samuseva a chance; he’s earned that. Now if only Norm will let his Coordinators Coordinate and the assistants coach their positions.

  32. cappie the dog February 25, 2015 2:37 pm

    I tell people at work I’m 29.

    I can’t believe I’m so old. I have Larry Little memories.

    My earliest one: Tony Wells dunking against, I believe, Houston, and getting called for a technical foul, because you couldn’t dunk in 1976. I remember my late grandfather and father calling Wells an idiot.

    Being at Camp Erdman and having a conversation about Rogue Harris. My friend and I were confused how you could be 7- feet and suck so bad. Harris was a San Francisco transfer who came here after the Dons were given the death penalty. Artie Wilson mentioned Crosetti Speight a couple weeks ago. I can’t believe he forgot about Harris.

    Watching point guard Joe Frazier just hold the ball, and stand there stock-still in a stall tactic against BYU, a game they would lose by the score of 34-33.

    Happy memories?

    Aaron Strayhorn buzzer-beaters…wait, I’m thinking…Clarence “Pop” Dickerson could play, Tony Webster could play, and…yeah, that’s it. There were three good players under Larry Little’s tenure. But what a job he had, resurrecting a program from NCAA violations. 14-13. 17-11. 17-10. I recall an upset victory over Utah. If the NCAA had the 64-team format in place when Little coached, maybe Hawaii would have had 2 NIT bids.

    RIP Larry Little.

    Win or lose, and lose, and lose, and lose, I respected what you did for the University of Hawaii.

  33. chawan_cut February 25, 2015 2:41 pm


  34. hatakeman February 25, 2015 2:41 pm

    I watched that video of Brennan getting hit. Couple of times. It’s really hard to tell that he got hit so hard. Seemed like Marcus Riley hit him with his arm/elbow. Isn’t the helmet supposed to protect the player from these kinds of hits?

  35. cappie the dog February 25, 2015 2:44 pm

    One last thing, did KGMB burn all the video tape of UH basketball? Thankfully, I’m not old enough to have seen Artie Wilson play. I literally have never seen a second of game footage featuring the Fabulous Five. Did KGMB record over the video tape? That’s what Sam Phillips did with Elvis Presley demos.

  36. tom February 25, 2015 2:52 pm

    DEREK #20: said “If I hit the megabucks, I’ll donate $1 million to the UH athletic department”

    You are cheap but you dream good!

    If you win, say $200,000,000 at megabucks, you would get less than one-half after taxes – I assume you will take it out in a lump sum. So maybe you have $80M in the bank. What are you going to do with that much money? 5% simple interest is $400K. So perhaps you should give at least $40M to UH – good tax deductions.

    You can see that I have prepared for the day I win the Megabucks!

  37. hitman February 25, 2015 2:54 pm

    R.I.P Larry Little !! remember him taking over at UH in the wake of an NCAA investigation that resulted in sanctions, including a two-year probation. but could never get over the hump !! great guy and ran a clean program

  38. Manoa Mist February 25, 2015 2:56 pm

    Can anyone tell me if Jordan Wynn and Luke Matthews are still on staff?
    Cappie, I was in 7th and 8th grade for the Fab Five years. Artie was the sixth man and he could play. He was a smart baller. He and Tom Henderson arguably the best UH guard combo in history. Henderson started for the US Olympic Team and started at point guard for the NBA champions Washington Bullets.
    Fab Five was a true team. Jerome as the point guard, Holiday as the shooting guard, Al Davis as the small forward and Nash the NBA quality power forward. Pennybacker was short 6-2 center but he could sky.
    Got to play against Jerome in some local leagues and Artie coached against us in the old community college league. They were great ballers and even better people. I love those guys. Yes I am old. It happens.

  39. Z February 25, 2015 3:10 pm

    A very smart turtle.

  40. st. anthony trojan February 25, 2015 3:48 pm

    Nope…. not 4 me….me click on Samuseva link.. n in get NEIL ABERCROMBIE..(THE TAXI DRIVER) pardon page… next time the star home page…tried 10 times or more same thing…all the other links…on here n others all work….except that one…

  41. hatakeman February 25, 2015 3:50 pm

    I saw on TV that Don Bailey is on board as of this morning, raring to get it on. I’m excited to check out Warriors’ spring scrimmages. What’s the status of Tom Mason? Did I miss an update of when he might be cleared to be on board?

  42. oldtimer808 February 25, 2015 3:54 pm

    I used to go to the UH basketball games when the Fab 5 was playing. Blaisdell was packed almost every game. Nash was a rebounder, Davis put back a lot of offensive rebounds, Pennebacker was the leaper at center, Holiday shot lights out from the outside and Freeman ahhh what a point guard. He would slash to the bucket all 5’9″ into the tall trees with a spinning lay up. Everyone would go nuts. The decibal level was so high. Each player knew their roles. Nash had 30 rebounds against Arizona State. My memory escapes me but I think it was in the Rainbow Classic.

  43. hatakeman February 25, 2015 3:58 pm

    SAT, that is really strange. There is an article, however, in today’s paper about Neil Abercrombie pardoning 83 people while he was governor; re Kokua Line: Abercrombie pardoned 83…. Maybe the link is taking you directly to that article. Why, I don’t know.

  44. Derek February 25, 2015 4:13 pm

    The megabucks starts at $10M so I’m assuming the minimum. Taxes will eat up close to 50% so leaving about $5 M. If I donate $1M that’s 20% of the net profit. Mormons give up 10% to their church. If I give up UH 20% of my earnings, you can call me Big Mormon! Hehe!

    I didn’t know Larry Little personally, but he always seemed like a very nice man, whenever he spoke in the radio, and on TV, and his actions on the basketball court. He definitely was not a shouter or as emotional or as animated as like Riley Wallace. He got Aaron Strayhorn to transfer from Centenary to Hawaii. RIP.

  45. Wabow February 25, 2015 4:24 pm

    I want to thank Al’s wife “little birdie” for that 1.2 million dollar donation to the athletic department. Maybe they can schedule another Stevie Wonder concert. The first one was great.

  46. Warbow February 25, 2015 4:25 pm

    I want to thank Al’s wife “little birdie” for that 1.2 million dollar donation to the athletic department. Maybe they can schedule another Stevie Wonder concert. The first one was great.

  47. Derek February 25, 2015 4:30 pm

    If UH wins at least 7 games and go to a bowl game, I think Chow will get to finish his 5 and final year of his contract. Then retire. The only caveat is who the new AD will be. The new AD might want to go in a different direction and get a new slate under his/her direction. My take is that UH will be hard pressed to win 7 games. To win 7 games the offense will have to average close to 35 points per game and hold opponents to about 30. That said, they definitely won’t hold down Ohio State, Wisconsin, or Boise St. We have not played well at all against San Diego State since I can’t even remember, maybe Bob Wagner or Dick Tomey years. We have not won at either UNLV or Nevada since Colt Brennan was playing. That’s at least 3 road years. The same with Fresno State. When was the last time we beat Air Force, here or away. We haven’t even beaten New Mexico lately. It’s a very dicey situation. At this point, somebody in the QB derby has to take charge and distance himself from the pack.

  48. Tanman February 25, 2015 4:46 pm

    Well, if Chow let the OC speed up the offense and make it less predictable. If the OL can hold. If our quarterbacks can pass the ball accurately. If our receivers and tight ends can catch the ball 90% of the time. If our running backs can gain positive yardage… Lots of IF’s…

    If we can get some new good DL players, may be some walk-ons too!! LBs and DBs look okay… IF DC can coaches both 3 4 or 4 3 as he said… In Jones we trust?

  49. Ipu Man February 25, 2015 4:53 pm

    Thanks a lot, Tsai, for your fun puns. 🙂

  50. hitman February 25, 2015 5:23 pm

    when hawaii played a number 1 team back in the day !! da good old day!!

  51. st. anthony trojan February 25, 2015 5:23 pm

    Appalachian State vs Michigan….2007…Michigan rated # 5….expected to
    win the big 10 title…first game of season for both…at Michigan…

    Vegas not even listing the line….

    Some similarities exist here…me is happy with my 52 1/2 points…just 4 got who me got that from he he he…

    I know our warriors will neva give up….could be sum a surprise or 2…along the way to that game…mucho time left befoe game time….

    A Mynah told me….we will be working on a ‘laser’ formation…it cuts through thick n thin…at the AD dept…n upper campus…watch 4 it….

  52. tom February 25, 2015 5:38 pm

    I remember (vaguely) Reggie Carter, a real super guard, Henry Hollingsworth, under appreciated guard (compared to Reggie), George Lett – the year(s) before Coach Little took over. The comparison with the persons that followed was kinda hard. But we did have Sanchez come in – which helped!

  53. tom February 25, 2015 5:56 pm

    #45 – join in the thanks – every penny helps!

  54. tom February 25, 2015 5:57 pm

    If I remember Al Saake as basketball coach, would I be considered elderly?

  55. beans February 25, 2015 6:03 pm

    If you still remember anything……….. you’re doing good and not THAT old! (;-)

  56. cappie the dog February 25, 2015 6:42 pm


    Cliff Sanchez!

    I remember my grandfather quipping, “He’d make a good football player.”

    I think Sanchez used to commit a lot of offensive fouls.

    My cognizance of sports began with that 1-26 team.

    What I love about this year’s edition is that every player is better than Adhar Mayen.

  57. al February 25, 2015 7:01 pm

    54…more like a collectible antique.

  58. 808WarriorFan February 25, 2015 7:05 pm

    #17 “WARBIRD” … What’s the answer ?????

  59. 808WarriorFan February 25, 2015 7:06 pm

    To that donor who gave $1.2M…a huge mahalo from this “Bows” fan

  60. al February 25, 2015 7:07 pm

    Warbow…I am beginning to like you.
    I’d refer the wife as the “big birdie” and not because of her size but rather her clout.

  61. 808WarriorFan February 25, 2015 7:07 pm

    RIP Coach Larry Little … Aloha

  62. al February 25, 2015 7:09 pm

    The unsung hero in this great gift is none other than the astute blogger “Tom”.

  63. Warrior Dave February 25, 2015 7:26 pm

    Thank you for your generosity Tom. Your gift is much needed.

  64. Da Punchbowl Kid February 25, 2015 7:59 pm

    Way to go Judge! Mahalo for everything you do!

    And the biggest Mahalo to the donor! Nuff said.

  65. al February 25, 2015 8:00 pm

    No, no, no, Tom is not the donor but rather the facilitator.

  66. Da Punchbowl Kid February 25, 2015 8:03 pm

    Yes, we need Lance – the dedication, the Warrior DNA and the passion. He’s another reason to be excited about spring ball and the season ahead!

    Welcome Coach!

  67. Na Alii Pride February 25, 2015 8:35 pm

    I was in the 4th grade when Larry Little took over. He had Gavin Smith and Brian Austin on that team, along with Gary Gray, Packy Ryan, and George Ritter. I’m not sure if Cliff Sanchez, Gary Newsome, Antoine Goodlow, and the rest were on that team. He also had guys like Racky Sessler, Greg Hicks, Rodney Jones, and Brad Pineau. I remember at one point in that first season they won seven in a row until they lost two games to the Rajun Cajuns of one of those weather vain Louisiana schools. The announcers for TV games were Mel Proctor and Bob Sevey on good old Channel 9.

    Yes, I agree that Larry Little was a good guy, and weathered the storm of probation and helped stabilize the basketball program. My love of UH sports started with watching UH basketball in Little’s first year. Thanks for the memories Larry. You were one of the good ones. May you rest in peace.

  68. al February 25, 2015 8:39 pm

    While my comment awaits moderation…
    I just wish to reiterate that Tom is not the donor, but rather the facilitator of this generous gift.

  69. al February 25, 2015 8:40 pm

    I’m twice bring moderated

  70. pollypicador February 25, 2015 9:20 pm


    Re-Warriors do not need Lance a lot, they need to pay closer attention to the rules

    Somebody from UH’s compliance needs to look up the definition of football coaching intern. Further, open the above link to what Michigan got hit with.


    Does grunt work…hands out scouting reports, breaks down film, checks curfew…”no on the field coaching activities.”

    The above picture of LS speaks a 1000 words….to me he looks like he’s coaching.

    The above picture of LS speaks 2000 word if the intern is participating in off season workouts with the team (that’s a bigger violation-pictures do not lie).

    UH’s basketball coach (similarly) tried to skirt the rules by using part of his staff to fill in as coaches and got caught, which is a violation. What is going on? The AD should have been on top of these types of things. Chow is using his intern as coaches (check out the practices you can see for yourself).

    How does an intern go directly into D-1 coaching (if say he wasn’t involved with on the field coaching) is beyond comprehension. It doesn’t make sense.

  71. Stephen Tsai February 25, 2015 9:33 pm

    He’s not coaching.
    There’s no ball.
    No football drills, either.
    It’s just players running.

  72. cappie the dog February 25, 2015 9:41 pm


    Thanks. This is the kind of post I was looking for. Somebody who remembers these terrible teams. Did you know Brad Pineau’s son plays for St. Mary’s? I was checking up on Taylor Harville(the 5’11” sharpshooter walk-on who was supposed to suit up for Coach Arnold) and stumbled upon the name Pineau. Gotta be related, I thought. Sure enough. His name is Dane.

  73. 3-Prong February 25, 2015 9:51 pm

    Just who is this generous mystery lady….
    Thank you for supporting Hawaii Athletics!

  74. Stephen Tsai February 25, 2015 9:55 pm

    It was rough after the probation.
    It took a while to rebuild the program.
    You also have to remember the WAC was pretty good back then. Remember that game where Joe Frazier held the ball on his hip, waiting for BYU to come out of the zone. There was no shot clock back then.
    They ended up with some pretty good players. Thomas Louden was the Clyde Frazier at the point.
    There was Clarence “Pop” Dickerson, whose nickname wasn’t as innocent as it seemed.
    Aaron Strayhorn could light it up.
    There was Tony Webster, Eric Bowman, Robert Smith …
    It’s too bad they didn’t have the 3-point line back then. Strayhorn and Dickerson could really shoot it.

  75. Stephen Tsai February 25, 2015 9:56 pm

    Don’t forget to check out Garland Hughes’ son. He’s a pretty good player.

  76. Stephen Tsai February 25, 2015 9:58 pm

    Lewis Powell was an intern at Utah before coming to Hawaii.
    Tony Tuioti was the director of personnel, or something like that, when he made the jump to full-time coaching.

  77. Stephen Tsai February 25, 2015 10:15 pm

    By the way, Samuseva has been officially hired as assistant coach.

  78. true fan February 25, 2015 10:23 pm

    They say the biggie the guy the nicer they are. Fits Larry Little to the T. I remember seeing him at the Sony Open years ago and my eyes met his (perhaps in my admiration of the guy). He was really nice to acknowledge a little nobody like me with a few nice words like “How’s it going”.

  79. Na Alii Pride February 25, 2015 10:34 pm

    72 Cappie – Thanks. We was with them in the bad times, so Larry meant a lot. I guess I didn’t appreciate him until after he left UH. Sad to hear of his passing. Who else you remember?

    Thanks ST for the memories. Forgot about Eric Bowman and Garland Hughes. And who could forget Thomas Louden? At one time, Dan Hale and Sam Johnson were on the team at the same time. He also brought in Andre Morgan. We also forget that Larry was down to the wire for Bobby Lee Hurt and actually got Benoit Benjamin to come for a visit (although I think Riley was the point recruiter on that one). I also remember the players that UH played against in Little’s tenure. Danny Vranes, Tom Chambers, George Lett, Danny Ainge, Antoine Carr, Cliff Levingston, Pace Manion, and I’m sure there’s many that I missed.

    If I put together my all time favorite UH basketball players, Pop would be on that list along with Thomas Louden and Tony Webster.

  80. Z February 25, 2015 10:35 pm

    Congrats to Lance.

  81. Z February 25, 2015 10:36 pm

    I really hated that 4 corners offense.

  82. Z February 25, 2015 10:39 pm

    I was a fan of Marvin Vitatoe.

  83. BigFan February 25, 2015 10:39 pm

    Na Alii, you and ST brought back many names from the past. I was a UH when the Fab 5 was the thing. Jerome Freeman was the first UH guard that I remember being able to really drive to the hoop. When you brought up the names Gary Gray, Racky Seesler….that stretches my memory. When George Ritter was brought up, I had to google the name of the Molokai activist that I was trying to remember that played for UH. Of course, that was Walter Ritte. Then I saw all these old time names on the Sports Hawaii blog and realized how much time had passed. Names like Harvey Harmon (great shooter), Fabio Ribeiro, Robert “Jeep” Kelly…names I had forgotten about.

  84. Stephen Tsai February 25, 2015 10:41 pm

    One of my favorite players was Hollis Vickery.

  85. BigFan February 25, 2015 10:42 pm

    Then, of course with Riley having his heart problems and Larry Little passing away, I’m thinking I must be getting old. lol.

  86. Stephen Tsai February 25, 2015 10:43 pm

    When I was the sports editor at Ka Leo, Robert Smith penned a first-person story. It was pretty good.
    By the way, our sports staff included two familiar names — Larry Beil and Dave Reardon.

  87. Stephen Tsai February 25, 2015 10:43 pm

    Riley actually had a stroke. It’s a long recovery. Larry Little was one of the guys helping him. It’s a sad day.

  88. BigFan February 25, 2015 10:46 pm

    I believe Gib was trying to recruit Dane Pineau when he was in hs. Was it New Zealand or Australia?

  89. Stephen Tsai February 25, 2015 10:46 pm

    I don’t know who the donor is, but Carolyn Berry has been very generous in her support of UH athletics, particularly basketball. I think the combo of Berry-Riley-Anthony Carter tried to endow basketball scholarships.

  90. Stephen Tsai February 25, 2015 10:47 pm

    Big Fan:
    Yep, you’re right.
    I think Pineau and Tony Webster’s kid had interest in UH. But, of course, Saint Mary’s has the Australian ties.

  91. BigFan February 25, 2015 10:48 pm

    ST, Hollis Vickery….wasn’t he at Chaminade? Whew, my memory’s going but hopefully not gone.

  92. Da Punchbowl Kid February 25, 2015 11:07 pm

    Speaking of folks like Brad Pineau, Jack Miller, Dan Hale, and many other UH BBallers of that era: for a few years running, they would visit Kamehameha Intermediate Dorm students, have dinner with them and play ball directly afterwords. Each team was mix of 7th and 8th students, male and female and UH players on each side and they’d play full court. Kids loved it – so did the players. Great memories, great guys!

  93. hitman February 25, 2015 11:46 pm

    got to thank ST with all that old time great UH basketball player names from the past !! boi how time flys !! and how the style of the game has change !! ST one more thing does chow have all the coaches in place ? or or no special team coach on yet?

  94. seewhy February 26, 2015 12:00 am

    Congratulations, Lance! Glad to have you as a full time assistant.

  95. seewhy February 26, 2015 12:03 am

    By the way, if any of you guys watched the first round of the HHSAA Boys basketball tournament, Benjy Taylor was there at the Maui High vs. Kalaheo game.

  96. seewhy February 26, 2015 12:05 am

    RIP Coach Little!

  97. warrior2000 February 26, 2015 12:08 am

    I remember one year playing pick up in Gym II, the new recruits: Ostler, C. English, C. Hook, K. McGhee (younger one), and one more recruit. We had K. McGhee (older one), myself (shortest player on the court), twins T. and T. Lee, and C. Yamashita. We won a great game in front of the boosters. Awesome, McGhee (older one) was unstoppable. Yamashita and myself were bombing 3’s. English didn’t want to guard me because c’mon now why guard a 5’9″ guy when he needed to help guard McGhee. The twins destroyed Ostler, emphatically yelling, “WEIGHT ROOM!!” everytime Lee scored. Awesome times!!

  98. warrior2000 February 26, 2015 12:15 am

    Used to watch Sapoaga dunk. He always wanted to challenge me in a game of “HORSE.” No dunking, only 3 point shots. I beat him all the time. I should’ve hustled him. LOL.

    J. Whieldon could ball. D. Bess, had to guard him many times, at 5’9″ very athletic. A. Lelie dunked on me many times. Got runned over by I. Alama Francis and M. Purcell a couple of times.

    Brewster used to always scold A. Klemm a lot. Pisa could play – nicest guy on the court, baddest dude on the field (I remember him mouthing off to W. Hunter at the line of scrimmage after getting a sack and Hunter went crazy).

  99. Maddog50 February 26, 2015 4:57 am

    Officially congratulations to Coach Samuvesa! I sure hope this donation gets more folks involved…..will be doubling my contribution to Na Koa this year–finally those guys referred to as Fab 5, John Penebacker was a class guy and helped me out a couple of time. Al Davis who me and my buddy referred to as Al the Pal, and Jerome Freeman were from Crane Tech on the West side of Chicago, me and my buddy/teammate were from the Southside. We got along casually because of the common bond. Al wore these little black shades day or night and we always had him laughing with our Southside perspective and language…..really enjoyed those guys. Go Warriors!!!!

  100. cappie the dog February 26, 2015 5:10 am


    I remember seeing Susan Valdez at an Iolani game, thinking, oh, she must be here to recruit point guard Monica Tokoro. But no, it was Tricia Nishimoto who played for the Wahine. Tokoro was clearly a Division I point guard. She dominated at the DII level playing for Cal State-Los Angeles.

    So who do you think Coach Taylor was looking at?

  101. hatakeman February 26, 2015 5:55 am

    Okay, you got me thinking, what is an intern? An intern is “a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or occupation in order to gain work experience.” So it seems Lance Samuseva has completed his internship successfully and is elevated to assistant coach – defensive line. Congratulations !!!

  102. Volcano February 26, 2015 6:53 am

    Hey S.T. it’s Carolyn Berry Wilson, need to do your homework. She’s a very generous person and a big supporter of Chaminade and UH. She may be the big donor of the 1.2 mil.

  103. Stephen Tsai February 26, 2015 7:53 am

    Thanks for the clarification.

  104. AdmrVT February 26, 2015 8:11 am

    #97. Your reference to Al Davis and Jerome Freeman brings back memories. I saw them play (was it in 1967?) in the Illinois HS BB tournament, when Crane Tech won the championship. I wondered then if they might play at UH.

    A few years later, they did. Who knew.

  105. al February 26, 2015 8:31 am

    I used to enjoy watching running back, McKinley Reynolds play the 4 spot for the roundballers. At 6’3″ and built like a rock, well…

    I believe he served in the USMC prior to his UH time.

  106. al February 26, 2015 8:32 am

    And who could forget braddah Dennis Sallas.
    An amazing athlete in his time.

  107. Maddog50 February 26, 2015 8:44 am

    Salas had an ease to ear grin and an infectious laugh!!!

  108. Stephen Tsai February 26, 2015 8:48 am

    I did a story once on Dennis Sallas. I think he was a Waikiki lifeguard at the time. He was pretty funny. He said something like he might not be famous like his teammates, but he was infamous.

  109. Stephen Tsai February 26, 2015 8:48 am

    Whatever happened to SubPac?

  110. Stephen Tsai February 26, 2015 8:49 am

    By the way, new post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=28289

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