Three people with very close ties to the University of Hawaii baseball program told me that coach Mike Trapasso will receive a 1-year extension upon completion of his 4-year contract June 30. We first reported this possibility several weeks ago, but the latest buzz about one more year came after UH’s 10-3 loss Saturday to Fresno State in the WAC Tournament, ending UH’s season.
Trapasso has coached eight seasons at Hawaii, taking the team to one NCAA regional. That’s not good enough for some powerful backers of the program who would like to see a change. Many fans are disappointed by the way the team slumped down the stretch after being nationally ranked during the middle of the season.
If the contract is indeed extended a year, expect some lofty goals that must be met in order for Trapasso to continue on at UH after 2010.
I wrote about why I think UH doesn’t owe Trapasso another year, in Sunday’ Further Review column. It hits this web site at 1:30 a.m. Hawaii Time.
New Mexico State held on to beat San Jose State 10-9 in Saturday’s late game. That set up two chances for the Aggies to beat Fresno State today for the tournament championship and automatic NCAA regional bid that comes with it. They meet at noon, and again 35 minutes after the first game if the Bulldogs force a final.
–By Dave Reardon