X marks the spot for Kaumeyer

A year after not being retained as UH’s defensive coordinator, Thom Kaumeyer has found success in Japan.

The Fujitsu Frontiers, for whom Kaumeyer is consultant/coach, defeated IBM BigBLue, 44-10, in the X League championship game.

Kauymeyer, who assists DC Norokazu Nobuhara, helped a defense that allowed 9.0 points per game.

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Former UH quarterback/receiver Justin Alo also had a great weekend, leading Mount San Antonio College past City College of San Francisco, 27-17, in the California Community College Athletic Associations’ title game. CCCAA is independent of the National Junior College Athletic Association. To win a CCCAA title is considered the equivalent of winning a national championship.

Alo threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns in the title game.

Alo signed with UH in 2011. He gray-shirted that fall, then joined the Warriors in 2012. He suffered a season-ending shoulder injury that season. He moved to wideout and then back to quarterback, where he was behind Taylor Graham, Sean Schroeder, Jeremy Higgins and Ikaika Woolsey on the 2013 spring depth chart. He then transferred to Mount SAC.

Alo was used as the wildcat in limited playing time in 2013.

But this past season, he ascended atop the depth chart, leading Mount SAC to its fourth national title.

Alo, who will earn an AA in May, is awaiting Division I-A offers.


  1. A-House December 16, 2014 8:01 am


  2. PONO December 16, 2014 8:02 am

    Interesting that Alo is still waiting D1 offers. I wonder what the red flags on him are?

  3. Les December 16, 2014 8:22 am

    Let’s hope we can do a good job of recruiting for next season . Let’s all keep the negative comments about the program to oneself or we will be to blame for not having a good team next year.

  4. tom December 16, 2014 8:25 am


  5. Former UH Athlete December 16, 2014 9:18 am

    Looks like Bo Pelini is going for a soft landing at Youngstown St.

    I don’t think he’s going to be there very long. His W-L record at Nebraska is too good to be out of a high profile conference job for long. The only think that’s going to hold him back is his personality. According to media, he wasn’t too warm and gushy toward the powerful Nebraska booster club.

  6. Z December 16, 2014 9:22 am

    5. I think that may have been the reason they let him go.

  7. Z December 16, 2014 9:23 am

    Way to go coach Thom.

  8. SteveM December 16, 2014 9:24 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Kudos to Kaumeyer!

  9. Former UH Athlete December 16, 2014 9:24 am

    I think UH should look at a couple of the guys Alo is throwing to. #1 looks like a nice player.

  10. Z December 16, 2014 9:25 am

    If alo had stuck it out who knows maybe he could have ascended to the top of the depth chart. Now we will never know. Unless…….

  11. Ipu Man December 16, 2014 9:28 am

    Tsai you always come up with good stuff.
    Thanks for these football tidbits.
    Can’t wait what you will come up with day after day
    till next season. Go Tsai Go! Yea! 🙂
    Sincere wishes to you and your loved ones (us)
    this Christmas holiday. 🙂

  12. Former UH Athlete December 16, 2014 9:30 am

    6. That plus Nebraska boosters have extremely high expectations. They want National Championships.

  13. hatakeman December 16, 2014 9:39 am

    Washington St is badly out-recruiting Hawaii at this juncture for the same players. Hope they can turn things around.

  14. Andrew December 16, 2014 9:40 am

    So it looks like the conference schedule for next year will be (not in order)

    San Diego State
    San Jose State
    Fresno State
    @ Boise State (according to ST)

    and New Mexico and Airforce.. anyone have an idea on which of the two will be home and away?

  15. st. anthony trojan December 16, 2014 9:50 am

    Yea ‘Bo’s’ threat last year of ‘fire me’ if they don’t like me…statement got him his xmas wish this year….not a good idea to ‘fling’ threats at ne booster club…

  16. hatakeman December 16, 2014 10:07 am

    Bo’s firing may be linked to new AD Shawn Eichorst who took over from Tom Osborne in January 2013. Bo was an Osborne hire.

  17. champ December 16, 2014 10:14 am

    His coming to Hawaii to coach D was unfair to his abilities. From NFL to college is a big change which obviously he was not prepared for. That is why UH was destined to fail. Look at most of the staff-NO REAL SOLID EXPERIENCE. Also, improvisation is not one of their attributes. TAKE TO LONG TO ADJUST!!

  18. seewhy December 16, 2014 10:44 am

    14. Here is the projected MW Conference Schedule for UH.
    Home Games: Air Force, Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State
    Away Games: Boise State, Nevada, New Mexico, UNLV

  19. Former UH Athlete December 16, 2014 10:51 am

    13. Wazzu has many things going for them that UH can never match… namely conference affiliation and facilities… and campus buildings that aren’t falling apart.

    Wazzu is committed to re-building their football program. They’ve spent $60 million in stadium and facility upgrades recently and are paying Mike Leach a hefty salary. The offense is putting up typical Mike Leach numbers, but the defense has been pathetic, and has fired defensive coaches.

    UH has location and weather and many more things to do. In Pullman, it’s pretty much school, football, and drinking… and driving over to Moscow, Idaho to party with U. Idaho friends.

  20. seewhy December 16, 2014 10:53 am

    (39. Lori December 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm
    What happened to 350 lb running back David Fangupo?)

    He is playing for Cerritos College in California. He played 9 games at DT. According to Cerritos athletic website, he would like to transfer to UH.

  21. islandman December 16, 2014 11:05 am

    17. champ –Kaumeyer was DC at San Diego St for 6 yrs. and Tulane, 1 year.

  22. bowwar December 16, 2014 11:56 am

    Wasn’t Fangupo a “qualifier”? If so, can’t he transfer directly to UH for the Spring or Fall? He is definitely a big body we could use on the DL for next year.

  23. jeezy33 December 16, 2014 12:41 pm

    14. Granted we can sign a couple quality jc nose tackles, that schedule looks very favorable. SDSU at home def winnable with them breaking in brand new QB. Stop the run and they become beatable at home.. Will be interesting to see how good Oregon transfer is but he’s still inexperienced. Nevada will be awful next year. Unlv should be winnable on road. San Jose at home is winnable. Also think fresno at home is winnable.. our division should be weak again.

  24. Andrew December 16, 2014 12:46 pm


    Yeah I was actually about to say the same thing. The conference schedule looks more favorable than this past years one (except for @ Boise of course).

  25. Don Weir December 16, 2014 12:51 pm

    If Alo used one season at UH and 2 at Mt Sac then he has only one year to play out his 4 yrs of eligibility. D-1 schools possibly are looking for at least 2 years so a qb can ‘pick up’ the system.

  26. jeezy33 December 16, 2014 12:55 pm

    Even boise will replace some studs but I’m not giving us s chance on the road there.. main thing is we can beat our division opponents plus NewMexico. Can being key word. But the coaches better start patching up stupid mental mistakes and penalties this spring and have seriois conditioning punishment for guys who can’t correct them.. no excuses because teams in SEC and Pac 12 deal with much louder crowd noise than we do.. and it doesn’t take a genius to not chop block or block behind the waste..

  27. NotNasti December 16, 2014 12:55 pm

    bowar: Fangupo was not a qualifier.

  28. David J. December 16, 2014 1:04 pm

    University of Hawaii football coaches should start to recruiting and signing JC transfers from the East Coast, Midwest and Texas much more than the West Coast. But still get three to four star players from West Coast. Because look at the pictures! Other big University come down to Hawaii to take our three and four star players from us!. Why can’t we do that to them too!. Because look at others University’s teams rosters. They’re don’t have that much of players from the West Coast!. But little of them players comes from California and Hawaii!. Look at teams rosters from other conference’s like SEC, ACC, BIG -12 & BIG TEN. For the University of Hawaii not only the football program but other sports program should do the same thing too! We should show other University program like Florida State, Miami FL, LSU, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and now the University of Alabama! Not the old Alabama team that Hawaii beat because they didn’t have the kind of kids there have now!. If University of Hawaii football team beat those kinds of University program!. Boy! They’re really open some eyes from other schools and the NCAA too! I hope that next year whenever the University of Hawaii football team beat!. Teams from no-conference and conference games and beating them by 20 or more points!. But, I really want to see them beat UNLV by 50 or more points!. You all should read there news paper or hear what they say about the University of Hawaii football and other programs!. Do you all remember the time that the University of Hawaii football had beaten UNLV 38-7 up in Las Vegas. When Colt Brennan was done playing and the back up quarterback had pass a 80 yards touchdown and was the last play of the game!. This really happened the next two days on the front page of the sports news paper. It’s really said that? The University of Hawaii football and June Jones had NO CLASS at all for beating them by that much!. Because what happened that year since the people from Hawaii that live here in Las Vegas. Are being treated like no respect, class at all in our job and other things too!. SO GO WARRIORS & KICK SOME BUTT NEXT YEAR!!!!

  29. David J. December 16, 2014 1:14 pm

    PS. I really seriously honesty want Norm Chow and the University of Hawaii football team beat UNLV by 88-0 or 95-7 next year in Las Vegas!. I really seriously want to see whatever there will write about the University of Hawaii!. If that happens! . I will send you the headlines news about it!.

  30. Andrew December 16, 2014 1:37 pm


    At least Boise has been much more vulnerable than they have been in the past. A big factor also is how the MWC structures the order of the games. Hopefully they do more of an alternating home then away type schedule rather than back to back away games.

  31. BigWave96744 December 16, 2014 1:41 pm

    Like Ikaika, Justin is a grayshirt soph who has 2 more years of eligibility

  32. Sangamon Keith December 16, 2014 2:01 pm

    Fangupo was recently named to a JC first team all conference selection as a defensive lineman. His aim is to transfer to UH once he gets his associate’s degree.

  33. Manoa Mist December 16, 2014 2:19 pm

    Les No. 3: I know you trying to keep it positive, but why do folks always want to muzzle opinion? This America man. Live and let live. Negative and positive and everything in between. Who are we bro? The Gestapo? Men have died on the battlefield so that we have the freedom to express ourselves. If folks just want happy happy, then join the cheer leading team. I like reading all the opinions – good, bad and ugly. Somebody write something you don’t agree with, challenge ’em or ignore ’em. But saying we only want to hear happy thoughts – nah.

  34. Old Diver December 16, 2014 2:21 pm

    This is the way I see next year.


    Ohio State (A)
    Wisconsin (A)
    Boise State (A)
    Nevada (A)
    Air Force (H)

    UH needs to go 7-1 against these opponents to go bowling.

    New Mexico (A)
    UNLV (A)
    Colorado (H)
    UC Davis (H)
    Louisiana-Monroe (H)
    Fresno State (H)
    San Diego State (H)
    San Jose State (H)

  35. Former UH Athlete December 16, 2014 2:36 pm


    Looking at how the MWC panned out this year, a bowl game is possible. UH has a ton of question marks to answer though.

    Remember, Nevada loses easily their 2 best players: Fajardo and Hekking. So they are primed for a step back next season. They are lucky to be going to a bowl game this year… WSU gifted them a win, and they played 4 teams in a row that don’t have QBs. BYU (minus Hill) and Air Force (who doesn’t throw) still put up a bunch a points on Nevada. UH & SDSU (injured + ineffective QBs) refused to play offense.

  36. Former UH Athlete December 16, 2014 2:37 pm

    When I said “bowl game is possible”, I was purely coming from the perspective of what everybody else is doing in the MWC.

  37. Old Diver December 16, 2014 2:48 pm


    Nevada beat us with a true freshman with one week of practice last year. Is he still with the team? I see us having as many holes to fill as anyone. Thought this past year was going to be Chow’s payoff year if he was going to have one. I see next year as a rebuilding year.

  38. Trunks420 December 16, 2014 2:54 pm

    Fresno State lands QB commit
    4 hours ago
    Quarterback Chason Virgil (Mesquite, Tex./West) verbally committed to Fresno State.
    “I love the coach and players,” Virgil said of Fresno State.
    Virgil, a former Mississippi State, commit chose Fresno State over SMU, Oklahoma and Louisville.
    The three-star prospect is ranked as the nation’s No. 19-pro-style quarterback and the No. 66 recruit in Texas in the 2015 class by 247Sports.com Composite Rankings.

  39. Les December 16, 2014 4:40 pm


    Old Diver, what did I just say? Please, no negative comments. We should be backing this team 100%!

  40. beans December 16, 2014 5:03 pm

    I think that you are very accurate. Pulman is strictly a college town that is isolated and cold in the winter. Not much to do. Pu’u-Robinson transferred to come home albeit he was on full scholarship. Hawaii is not a bad place to live while attending school. Beaches and bikinis can be a lure. Although our football program may be a tough sell right now there are other advantages that can become a factor in the prospect’s decision. Hopefully it helps us secure some good talent.

  41. beans December 16, 2014 5:16 pm

    There was a great UH fan presence at the San Jose State game this year. It was a great time and we got a win. I would like to see the fans show up for the Nevada game in big numbers this coming year too. Reno is a great place to visit. The major hotels price out about $60 per night weekday, and under $100. for Friday and Saturday.
    The stadium is within walking distance from the downtown hotels. Game ticket prices are cheap and the casinos are fun. Hopefully a travel agency jumps on this game and promotes it. The Wolfpack has become a main rival over the past decade and we should show our presence. I have been to the last 5 UH games there and we have not been well represented by numbers. Reno is different from Vegas. If you haven’t been, you should give it a try.

  42. jeezy33 December 16, 2014 5:19 pm

    Nevada is going to be awful next year…. I would not count that as a loss. Polian is a horrible HC and he has ruined what Chris Ault built. He is doing what Mack did with Hawaii. The product will reflect it now that Fajardo is gone…

  43. beans December 16, 2014 5:21 pm

    I mean to refer to Former #19 not #13 above (39)

  44. beans December 16, 2014 5:24 pm

    Nevada is a good program. They will be in the hunt.

  45. oneseason December 16, 2014 6:42 pm

    If the coaching staff is augmented then 7 wins and bowl eligibility seem reasonable. If we keep the status quo for coaching, I am still guessing 5 wins, including the two non-conference gimmes.

    Team (2014 Win-Loss): 2015 Location & Prediction
    San Diego State (5W-3L): Home – Loss
    Fresno State (5W-3L): Home – Loss
    Nevada (4W-4L): Away – Loss
    San Jose State (2W-6L): Home – Win
    UNLV (1W-7L): Away – Win
    Boise State (7W-1L): Away – Loss
    Air Force (5W-3L): Home – Loss
    New Mexico (2W-6L): Away – Win
    Colorado 2W-10L (6th of 6 in PAC12-South): Home – Loss
    Ohio State 11W-1L (1st of 7 in Big 10-East): Away – Loss
    UC Davis 2W-9L (13th of 13 in Big Sky Div 1-AA): Home – Win
    Wisconsin 10W-2L (1st of 7 in Big 10-West): Away – Loss
    Louisiana-Monroe 4W-8L (7th of 11 in Sun Belt): Home – Win

  46. A-House December 16, 2014 8:17 pm

    great to read that Coach Beeman has offered the Molina sisters

    now, if only the “acting” chancellor will sign her contract extension – if not, she will not be around to welcome the first one!!

    com’on big fella from Kona – get your AA soon and see your name on the line come signing day!!!

  47. A-House December 16, 2014 8:21 pm

    HInshaw was the last Chancellor who really was a presence at nearly all UH sports

    that’s what got her into trouble with MRC who, IMHO, did not like athletics and wished it would go away – is what’s his name and Lassner of the same mold?

    wonder what is the most important criteria to become a UH BOR? if it’s kiss ass then I’m out of luck – didn’t do it in the Army and won’t start anytime soon

  48. SteveM December 16, 2014 9:00 pm

    RE: #46
    A-House — from what I remember of Lassner and what I have seen transpire, he is supportive of UH athletics. One can lead effectively without grabbing headlines– and keep an eye on the Chancellor, which was his selection… 😉

  49. PHIL December 16, 2014 11:22 pm

    Why couldn’t TK produce those kind of defensive numbers as out DC ?????

  50. st. anthony trojan December 16, 2014 11:25 pm

    PHIL…. maybe is the level of competition.. n abilities of competition in japan….as far as coaches go….

  51. PHIL December 16, 2014 11:27 pm

    #40 “BEANS”…..thanks for the info…..I was thinking about going to the UNLV game but Nevada would be a great substitute…..proud to say I was @ the SJSU game. Been there for the ’01, ’03, ’05, ’07 (what a finish), ’09, ’11 (Special Teams STUNK), and ’14. The most memorable part of the ’14 game was when it was over only the UH fans were left and the team did the “Haka” for us…..GO ‘BOWS !!!!!

  52. gobows December 17, 2014 2:08 am

    Kaumeyer has a history of terrible defensive stats and losing every single place he was a DC. Dont fool yourself, he may be a good coach, but he totally sucks as a coordinator.

  53. Welcome Hawaii from Las Vegas news December 17, 2014 2:40 am

    I saw the schedule 2015 for University of Hawaii football team. If coach Chow go out and let the team play like other large University. And also have best year of his coaching years in University of Hawaii!. I hope the year comes out like this way. Beat Colorado 56-17, California Davis 60-10, Louisiana Monroe 45-20, Air Force 50-21, San Diego State 56-10, Nevada 56-20, Fresno State 65-20, New Mexico 56-7 and put the University of Hawaii football in the history books by beating UNLV 92-0 the most points in a game. Put losing to Ohio State 56-7 (bowl team), Boise State 45-40 (bowl team ), Wisconsin 65-35 (bowl team ) but they’re lucky because they won’t be playing against Marvin Gordon. By playing hard ball and come out the year 9-3 record. By the way the University of Hawaii football by scoring. I hope they’re schedule them to a great Bowl bet!. Not the Hawaiian Bowl! Because playing in a better bowl will bring in the money for the football program and the University of Hawaii athletic program. By playing at Hawaii Bowl it don’t bring in that much money to the program. And also thanks Ben Jay to schedule the University of Hawaii football team for the next’s five-year with great teams to play against!. University of Hawaii football program really seriously have to play hard ball like other large University do by scoring high and beating teams by more then 30 or 50 more each years they’re play and schedule. I know that that by bringing the score really high fans will come out to watch the University of Hawaii football games. Really make it Norm Chow coaching his way like he was to do the first place at University. Air attack and wide open offensive game plan to the University of Hawaii first place. Like he did at BYU, USC, South Carolina and in the NFL (Tennessee)!.

  54. pollypicador December 17, 2014 3:12 am

    While TK was coaching here at UH he turned out to be a small fish in a big pond, mainly because the UH job was way over his head… where his defense put up worst type numbers statistically in UH history. Now he’s coaching in Japan as an assistant to the DC, where now, seemingly, he’s the big fish in a small pond. Applaud? No. Laugh? Yes. If someone wrote that TK is absorbing the culture, his wife’s native country (?)…teaching the finer points of football, being the ambassador to American football- those type of observation instead of implying that the coach is finding success (in the wake of a descending career path) … I would agree. I think it would be hard pressed to find someone in TK’s camp doing somersaults over the “success” the coach is finding in Japan, especially since the caliber of football is little above or parallel to intramural football (or at least that is how some other writer put it). Success? I guess it can be subjective to some.

  55. boolakanaka December 17, 2014 4:08 am

    Aloha all! Had a nice trip back home last week–hence no posts last week.

    I can’t say whether TK is a good or bad coach, but I’ll tell you what I know; at the end of the day, horses win races, not trainers or coaches.

    It is hard to make an accurate assessment on a coach, when the talent is sub-par. That said, part of the delineated responsibilities for coaches is to recruit talent.

  56. Tempmanoa December 17, 2014 4:41 am

    I think the answer to how good Kaumeyer might be as a DC is what happened when Chow hired Clune and he turned the D around in one year with the same players Kaumeyer had. I think it is also clear what Chow thought of Kaumeyer after two years.

  57. UHfan808 December 17, 2014 5:54 am

    Good morning, Tsai-kos! 🙂

  58. UHfan808 December 17, 2014 5:57 am

    Takes kala to hire more experienced coaches, right?

    Good to hear Kaumeyer and Alo doing well 🙂

  59. Shoko December 17, 2014 6:40 am

    I wonder how Kaumeyer would have done against West Division opponents this past season.

    Fresno State (Carr), San Jose (Fales) and Wyoming (Smith) put up big numbers offensively last year while Colorado State, Boise State and Air Force were the top three in total offense this season. Looking at Clune’s defensive stats, an improvement from last year yet similar to Kaumeyer’s first year, it’s difficult to compare when consider how poorly the West Division performed on offense. Next year will be interesting to see if Clune’s defense continues to improve unlike Kaumeyer in his second season.

  60. hatakeman December 17, 2014 7:07 am

    Hawaii is really losing the recruiting battle for defensive linemen and linebackers to Washington State. I credit their defensive recruiting success to Wasington State’s defensive line coach, Joe Salave’a, a native of Leone, American Samoa.

  61. Les December 17, 2014 7:12 am

    33 Manoa Mist No one, least me, question the right to free speech. We all know what happen last season. When it comes to beating a dog senselessly serves no purpose. As we approach the recruiting season, an untimely remark may have an impact on where these kids decide to play. We should be giving them reasons why they should be staying at home instead of shooing them away.

  62. A-House December 17, 2014 7:17 am

    SteveM @ #47

    perhaps with the tons of “negative” information our there – it may be in Lassner’s best interest, if he is supportive of athletics, to come out loud and strong in support

    and I don’t mean by saying that Chow will be retained for 2015 or that Jay had his full support and has “full control” over UH athletics and then BJ resigns

    this kind of “support” is full of WA HA – translated to mean full of hot air with no “meat”

  63. Ipu Man December 17, 2014 8:10 am

    Heard that Florida man for man, other than at quarterback, is better than Oregon. So they may beat the ducks. Sucks….

  64. beans December 17, 2014 8:18 am

    Thats why they play the game. We’ll see.

  65. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2014 8:19 am

    In today’s post, Russell Williams Jr. signs LOI: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=26614

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