Ambrozich leaving Wahine program

July 21st, 2011

Kari Anderson Ambrozich will be leaving as associate coach of the Wahine program. She is taking a job within the department, moving to the academic side.
It is her choice, as Kari confirmed when she called me back today.
The announcement will come tomorrow (Friday, July 22). Job posting next week.
Would not be surprised if Robyn Ah Mow-Santos gets the job. It would be a natural pick. But they have to go through the process.

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  • jeff

    wow she has been there such along time a real asset to the program obviously ah mow would be a great pick she could help uiato and others i guess wade would let her go

    • Cindy Luis

      Jeff, Robyn’s position with the men is as student coach. once she finishes her undergraduate degree, she is no longer eligible for that job. Associate coach would pay much better.

      • 808

        Robyn earned her degree in May so I believe that she’s already out as student assistant and available to be a full-time assistant. I’d be surprised, if she got selected, if it would be an associate position instead of an assistant position.

  • UHVBFan

    Who else are in the running? Who has the other associate coach job? And are there current volunteer coaches?

    • Cindy Luis

      don’t know who else is in the running since this just happened and they aren’t posting the opening until next week at the earliest. Scott Wong is the other associate coach.
      won’t know about volunteers until first day of practice. Aug. 9.
      I don’t know if Carey would leave Cal.
      We’ll see how it goes.

      • UHVBFan

        Wasn’t one of the Ilustre sisters on staff last season? What was her job?

        • Cindy Luis

          Hedder Ilustre was the team manager, a position that is currently posted as open. Think Hedder was planning to move back to California.
          Heidi has been the beach coach for HPU as they plan to add the sport.

  • Kazu

    Good luck on your new job.You will be missed.Would like to see either Ah Mow or maybe Carey.

  • Warrior15

    A big mahalo to Kari for all she has done and given to this program … and good luck on a new opportunity.

    … and a little ironic that Robyn may be in line to slide into Kari’s spot on Shoji’s coaching staff … :-)

  • Lyle

    Carey is a great choice , Jen would be a huge asset.

    • 808

      JC has quite a bit of experience, both as DOVO and as an assistant at her previous stops (Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Cal). I wonder if she would apply since she was just promoted from DOVO to assistant at Cal.

  • LC

    Form what I’ve heard Kari has done a great job with the Wahine academics.

    Let the speculation begin on a replacement.Ah Mow or Carey would also be my top picks.

    • 808

      Kari has done an excellent job on the academic side as well as recruiting and has been invaluable in handling a lot of administrative duties that a DOVO would handle in other programs. Essentially, she was performing the duties of two positions.

  • uhfan

    What about Tara Hittle? She would be great for the dynamics of the team.

    • 808

      As much as I like Tara, she’s a little young and inexperienced coaching-wise, in my opinion. And, she just got the position as head coach at her alma mater, Doherty High in Colorado.

  • Cindy Luis

    Doubt if it would be Hittle.
    Ah Mow-Santos probably the leading candidate. Since she graduated, she is no long the student assistant with the men. Believe she applied for the job left vacant by Dan Fisher but likely that’s going to Vernon Podlewsky if they can get the paperwork finished. Wahine opening is interim for this season. think it’s listed as interim assistant.

  • Cindy Luis

    And they need someone here quick if they aren’t already living in Hawaii. Practice starts Aug. 9.
    Doubt if Carey will apply, as mentioned above that she’s gone from DOVO to assistant at Cal this season.

  • Ed

    Just thinking is Ah Mow is vocal enough. Did she excel with the men? She was an awesome setter but that doesn’t necessarily mean good coach.

  • crazy4wvb

    Robyn is a winner. Has always been a winner at everything she has decided that she wants to do. She has the experience of playing and winning for the National Team and has grown up from the time when she played for the Wahine. She will do whatever it takes to be one of the best coaches in the country. You can’t count what she has done as a student coach. Already had three coaches on the team but I bet she commanded respect and the players listened to what she had to say. I believe she had her own clinics in Colorado and she is ready to move on to the next phase in her life. She will be great.

  • Ron

    If Robyn is available and interested, she would not only be a great teacher for Mita and the new setters, she would bring a “toughness” to the program that they need.

  • LC

    Robyn is a tough cookie and all business. Some of these girls coming into college sports these days are spoiled brats she won’t put up with whining and all the drama that comes with college sports.In a bad cop,good cop situation Robyn would be the bad cop.

  • Fred

    Robyn’s performance with the men’s team was excellent. The players I talked to had the greatest respect for her. My experiences with her was that she on top of any task that the coaches assigned her. She has a can do attitude and a great sense of humor.

    I’m sure that there are a lot of excellent prospects out there who would jump at at the chance to coach here and would do well by the program. But, I feel there are intangibles that Robyn can bring to the table that would make her my preference to see as an assistant.

    The position would most likely be an Assistant coach, rather than Associate. Especially, if they are looking at an interim hire as stated in the news article.

  • Cindy Luis

    Robyn is available. it didn’t work out with Colorado. I don’t have the details so I”m not sure if she turned it down or if they went with someone else. Think she is the best choice.

    Carey told me she isn’t applying.

    Another name that has popped up is Allen Allen.

  • Innocent Observer

    Robyn’s hiring will help develop the new setters.

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