Choices for Ambrozich’s replacement

July 23rd, 2011

Fred, Don’t know if it’s posted as associate or assistant caoch. Shoji said it was going to be up Friday but I don’t see it.
May be up Monday. They will have it up for 3 days. He said he didn’t have any calls about the position as of 4 p.m. Friday.

Ah Mow-Santos seems to be the leading candidate. She would be a terrific get. Someone asked about her being vocal enough. She wasn’t on 3 Olympics teams by being quiet. She speaks when she needs to and if she is part of the recruiting … 3 time Olympian and All-American setter. pretty good credentials.

Jen Carey told me she is happy at Cal and won’t be applying but thinks it’s a great job for anyone who gets it. said UH molded her for where she is today.

Allen Allen may throw his hat in the ring. he applied for the men’s top job that Wade got.
But my feeling is the Wahine would need a female … hate that it might come down to gender .. for this spot.
Asked Shoji if he had any directives about hiring a female and he said he hasn’t. Of course, it would be illegal if he had.

But I do think for a women’s sport they likely would be looking for a female on staff. just my opinion

Since it has to be a quick hire I’m guessing they go for someone on island … or someone who has ties here that could afford to make the move back. S. Wong is a prime example. having a home here and local ties.

Ryan Tsuji said he isn’t applying. Think he’s going to be working with Hawaii News Now. Someone asked about Tita Ahuna. Another qualified candidate with really good credentials. but she’s been out of coaching for years and really happy with her virtual school.

I’m expecting a hire by Friday.

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  • al July 24, 2011 at 1:59 am

    robyn would make for an excellent choice. she is on the quiet side, but, we know how she was/is on the court taking command in robyn ah mow-santos like manner.

    she definitely could bring a lot to the table with her knowledge of the game that goes beyond what she learned from longy okamoto to dave shoji to being a long time olympic star.

    i think she would do well with the clipboard and recruiting, especially the local talents.

    yes, it is good to have at least one female staffer on a women’s team. someone the girls can go to discuss things women to women. i am sure that mmk will push for robyn as well.

    i am sure dave knows all this as well. plus it is always good as a head coach to have someone on the same page as you are.

  • tomas July 24, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Why was Ms. Ambrozich’s decision to resign so late and sudden with the season a month away?
    Ms. AhMow-Santos is an icon in womens VB and esp.
    with UH Wahine history….a great choice.
    Best wishes to Ms. Ambrozich and her family.

  • Setaone July 24, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Tomas….the position Kari took may have just opened up as well.

  • bigislandkurt July 24, 2011 at 8:28 am

    whoever it is gonna have to be able to recruit Hawaii, mainland, international


  • bigislandkurt July 24, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Pestana Satele?

  • Kazu July 24, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Just for the heck of it, here’s a long,long shot. If its not Robyn Ah Mow, how about Lang Ping. (joking of course)

  • Innocent Observer July 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Robyn will make an excellent technical coach, especially in setting; however, not sure about the other duties and responsibilities of the position. But since Kari is still here, Robyn will have the benefit of her experience and surely Dave would give her a chance to grow into the other aspects.

    • Cindy Luis July 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      And from what I’ m being told, the new hire won’t be doing everything Ambrozich has been doing. She’s had 14 years in the position, developing her niche. Shoji said it would be way too much for someone to be expected to just walk into all the responsibilities.

      And yes, it sounds like the job position Ambrozich took recently opened u p. She said it was a hard choice but with a young child … i know how hard it is on a family when you have little outside support locally and have to travel.

  • Imua45 July 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    If the new replacement for Kari must help recruit, than whoever they choose, must be able to have the type of personality & verbal skills to sell top players from Hawaii & on the mainland to play for UH. Coaching & recruiting are two entirely different animals & to find a person that can do both, would be an absolute jewel for the programs future.

  • Last Call July 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    The only job that I saw posted so far is for a Wahine VB team manager. It comes down tomorrow 25th .

  • pouncer84 July 25, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I’m confused here. Wasn’t Robyn a GA last year? Did she graduate from UH? I thought to coach in college you need a Masters or is it just a Bachelors.

    • You Asked July 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Many don’t know this but New Mexico State’s Mike Jordan was hired by NMSU and had no college degree.He did eventually get an online degree.

  • Robin July 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    @You Asked

    Different school so that’s totally irrelevant to was UH’s requires…

    • *** July 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      pouncer84 said ” I thought to coach in college you need a Masters or is it just a Bachelors.”

      pounce84 DIDN”T say I thought you needed a Masters at UH to be a coach .

  • Robin July 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Don’t recall anyone tossing around the name Kanoe? Isn’t she still on-island?

  • Cindy Luis July 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    No Robyn wasn’t a graduate assistant. She was under a new category created by the NCAA last year. She was a student coach.

    Tsuji didn’t have his masters when he took over for Ambrozich during her maternity leave. That was also posted as an interim position.

  • Cindy Luis July 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    As for Kanoe, I don’t think she is interested in coaching. But I could be wrong.

  • kimo July 26, 2011 at 8:29 am

    The only requirement for a Coaching position is a Bachelor’s Degree. That’s why Deitre Collins came back to finish her degree in ’95; she wanted to start coaching.

    • pouncer84 July 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Hey Kimo, thanks for answering my question.

  • Cindy Luis July 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I think it depends on what a school requires. Some want a master’s, most just a BA.

  • ??? July 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    so I guess we should know who will replace Kari in the next two days or maybe no one even applied ?

  • Cindy Luis July 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    haven’t seen a job posting yet and they are required to have it posted for 3 days. will let you know when I know something.

  • kimo July 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Hey Cindy… So the position needs to be posted even if its an interim position?

    • Cindy Luis July 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      That is my understanding, that it has to be posted.

      • Tommy December 23, 2016 at 10:39 pm

        p.s. Very cool article. &qoli;Swttzeruand considers education, research and innovation to be a top priority." I would love to see the US adopt those kinds of priorities and put them into action like that.

  • Crystal Ball July 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    WAC Preseason Coaches Poll and Preseason All WAC team should be out next week.

  • Cindy Luis July 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks CB, it should be out next week if they follow the usual schedule. INot hard to pick Danielson as POY, and Hewitt and Satele on all-WAC,
    voting this year likely will be closer for No. 1, since Hawaii replaces so much … but can’t believe that the Wahine won’t be No. 1.

    • roy July 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Hawaii will sweep the first place votes except for Shoji who can’t vote for his own team. Most of the WAC teams have more to replace than Hawaii so I doubt the voting will be close.

      New Mexico State returns some good players, but has lost all of its power at the pins, including our own Amanda Tonga who is no longer listed on their roster. They have 7 outside hitters, 5 true freshman and 2 sophomores. Their most experienced outside is a 5’8 sophomore who they lost early last year to a season ending ACL injury.

      Contrast that to Utah State who returns all their pin hitters including McArrthur, but lost starters at every other position. They will need to find a new setter, libero, and 2 starting middles. They’ll likely be #2 in the conference since they can set McArthur out of system. A JC transfer middle and a DS from last year might be able to fill 2 of those lost 4 positions right away.

  • Crystal Ball July 29, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Agree with roy. After taking a look at all the new rosters seems like most of the WAC teams lost a lot.

    Besides losing seniors Giddens and Woods NMS had 6 players leave the program for unknown reasons.

    La Tech web site talks about 10 new faces.

    Hawai`i seems to be in the best position returning a 1st and 2nd team All American and the WAC FOY along with the nations 12th best recruiting class.

    NMSU and USU both received an Honorable Mention for their 2011 recruiting class.

    As I see it Hawai`i,Utah State and NMS will be 1,2 and 3 in the preseason poll.

  • Crystal Ball July 29, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Well it’s Friday will there be an announcement ?

  • Cindy Luis July 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Doubt it, CB. Shoji is quoted in Ann Miller’s article yesterday that he wants someone in place by the first week of practice. they open aug. 9

  • warriorfan July 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    any news on the men? is Podlewski official?

  • Cindy Luis July 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Men’s vb .. they aren’t in school for a few weeks. Nothing official on Podlewski.

  • sasa July 31, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    c’mon Cindy its getting close to season, what’s going on out there? we need information on this blog!! It’s been days since we had a new thread on the season. stir the pot girl, its time to get crackin!

    • Cindy Luis August 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      sasa, there is nothing to report. on They open practice Aug. 9. girls working out on their own/together without coaches. usually free play in the evenings. and they are helping with Shoji’s camps.
      They have not posted the job opening.
      Don’t know who the team manager is.
      and the WAC poll should be out, maybe tomorrow.

      I’ll be seeing the team later this week to start doing our preview magazine.

      Volleyball isn’t the only thing I do. There are other assignments, Last week such as Tinman preview and Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard coverage. Was at Pete Newell’s Big Man’s Camp today to talk to Merv Lopes.

  • LC August 1, 2011 at 7:23 am

    What I know.

    Not all that much going on. Girls have been working out if you read Millers last article.Croson twitted “Booo morning workouts”

    Open Assistant job has yet to be posted as of late last night although a posting for a new team manager has come and gone from the jobs web page but I don’t know who got it ,maybe Cindy does.

    The WAC Preseason Coaches Poll should be out any day now. The WAC announced soccer this morning which means volleyball is next.

  • Po'okela Nui August 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    5’9″, Setter: 3x Olympian (& Honolulu, O’ahu native)

    5’11″, OH1: 2x Olympian; 2x NCAA POY (& Long Beach, CA native)
    5’11″, OH2: Olympian; NCAA POY (& Napoleonville, LA native)

    5’11.5″, MB1: Olympian; 2x NCAA POY (& Lancaster, CA native)
    6’3″, MB2: International Professional; NCAA POY (& Vallentuna, SW native)

    [5'4", Libero: & Maui, HI native] :-)

    Opp: Hmm?…wonder who’s got the POTENTIAL to fill this (of) auspicious spot, and would she be thee most likely to succeed?!
    *Could’ve/should’ve/would’ve been one named for the mythical resident of Kilauea Crater (& Honolulu, O’ahu native)

    & Team Manager: Elizabeth Ka’aihue ;-)

  • Pochonese August 3, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Don’t know what their relationship (Dave and she) has been ‘about’ over the MANY years, but…

    Interim Ass.: Sharon Peterson
    Team Manager: Robyn Santos

    This would be THE year for UH-Mano’a…why not stack its team from top to bottom???

  • ti leaf August 3, 2011 at 9:20 am

    So it was just reported that Ah Mow is the Interim Associate Coach with a search to follow… Any truth to this?

    • Cindy Luis August 3, 2011 at 10:47 am

      have not seen any report. UH said no one has been selected. Where do you see something?

  • Cindy Luis August 3, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Sharon is a great coach but she wouldn’t leave the Big Island. she’s coaching up at HPA.

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