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Takahara-Dias out as UH women's basketball coach

By Brian McInnis

LAST UPDATED: 05:05 p.m. HST, Mar 07, 2012

LAS VEGAS >> Dana Takahara-Dias was not retained as Hawaii women's basketball coach by UH athletic director Jim Donovan following her team's 63-54 loss to Louisiana Tech in the WAC tournament first round today.

Donovan notified the third-year coach after the game. UH went 11-19 for the second straight year (6-8 in WAC games). Takahara-Dias finished with an overall record of 32-58.

Her original three-year contract expired after this season, but it was thought that Takahara-Dias could earn an extension with a win or two at UH's final WAC tournament.

"The evaluation happens all season long and it's happened since she was hired," Donovan said. "Dana's done some marvelous things off the court with this team. She's really taught them how to be young women, how to be selfless, how to give back to the community.

"But the on-the-court performance just wasn't there, and there wasn't any improvement. So after the game I let her know that her contract wouldn't be renewed. I told her that I thought she'd want to know and not be left lingering, and gave her the opportunity to tell her staff and the team."

Takahara-Dias took the podium for the WAC postgame press conference after she was notified. She was outwardly stoic and answered questions about the game, but declined to discuss her future and conversation with Donovan.

Donovan said the search for a new coach would begin "tonight or tomorrow" and that he hoped a hire could be made "optimally ... in about three to four weeks."

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PalisadesKid wrote:
In the end it was a s simple as that. The performance and the continued and repeated issues with the Xs and Os of the game were just overwhelmingly less than acceptable. Dana Takahara-Dias is a fine woman and a good representative for UH during her time, but it is time to move on.
on March 7,2012 | 12:52PM
dalawyer wrote:
What took JD so long to pull the trigger? DTD is a student/disciple of Vince Goo! In other words part of the old boy network in Hawaii. UH needs a fresh start for the Wahines. DTD should never have been head coach due the following: no head coaching experience, no recruiting contacts, poor assistants. A couple of years ago she made a statement in the paper that she wanted her staff to attend one of the N. Carolina practices to learn how to coach run practices. When I heard this I thought what kind of an idiot are you to say this in public! Shows your competence! Now we know why she's out! Local is out! Go with someone from the mainland!
on March 7,2012 | 02:56PM
dalawyer wrote:
DTD is history! Back to working for the City & County Parks Dept. Great coaching qualifications/experience. HIre from the mainland already! Local talent has nothing to offer! Who's next? Alika Smith! Mike Taylor...Coach Awa....Coach Agena! Guarans UH fails!
on March 7,2012 | 03:18PM
halanka wrote:
Hope we are looking at coach Gibbs too!
on March 7,2012 | 12:52PM
Dragonman wrote:
Nothing wrong with Gibbs, ran into a lot of injuries this year along with starters getting sick. I did not care for his selection as head coach but I think he has done a good job. He needs our support but I guess there will always be those out there with their half empty glasses.
on March 7,2012 | 01:02PM
CriticalReader wrote:
One of Takahara-Dias' biggest shortcomings is that really, not too many people were even aware or cared that the Wahines were playing in the WAC championship tourney.
on March 7,2012 | 01:43PM
Loki wrote:
Doesn't every team play in the WAC tournament?
on March 7,2012 | 01:52PM
PalisadesKid wrote:
That changed a few seasons ago. Only the top 6 get in now.
on March 7,2012 | 02:38PM
warriorrebel wrote:
It's about time. Hope the new coach recruits size instead of guards like Takahara-Dias. Don't know why she thought she could win by recruiting nothing but guards?
on March 7,2012 | 01:53PM
Loki wrote:
First Mac, then her. Next Gibbs and Chow. JD your time is coming soon.
on March 7,2012 | 01:53PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
If you have nothing intelligent to write keep it to yourself. JD has a difficult job as well as all the coaches.
on March 7,2012 | 04:55PM
caloha wrote:
Sad. Vince Goo had many seasons of not winning. Coach DTD deserved at least another couple of years. We have to realize that UH is not a Stanford or UConn or Tennessee. Graduating athletes and making sure they are contributing members of society is much more important and something that Vince Goo prided himself on. And if you look at pure stats she improved the team by 300% in terms of wins.
on March 7,2012 | 02:10PM
PalisadesKid wrote:
The real issue is the continued issues as far as team performance goes, most notably the continued issues with turnovers. Their game at home vs Idaho where they blew a massive lead might have been the last straw, much like the Utah State loss at home in 2011 was the last straw for Coach Mack.
on March 7,2012 | 02:40PM
JnS wrote:
Vince Goo had 3 losing seasons in 20 years as coach. According to my calculations, Coach Dana matched Coach Goo's career mark of losing seasons in her first 3 years. Your use of "many" seems to be misguided.
on March 7,2012 | 02:46PM
dalawyer wrote:
Dana is a disciple of Vince Goo! Hope UH doesn't recycle this local boy out of retirement! Goo is the reason why UH is in the dumps today! Goo couldn't coach. If it weren't for Judy Mosely, Goo would have been canned years earlier!
on March 7,2012 | 03:21PM
waianae94 wrote:
I never heard of any complaints about Vince Goo, before. Care to elaborate?
on March 7,2012 | 09:48PM
kainalu wrote:
Yep. I thought UH pulled the plug to early. Only a fool would come coach for Donovan.
on March 7,2012 | 04:49PM
loquaciousone wrote:
You can't win races without the horses as even Gibb Arnold is finding out. No one of any stature wants to come out to Hawaii to play basketball. Hawaii is not known as a basketball haven and by the time Hawaii finishes its games, everyone on the mainland is asleep. Playing basketball in Hawaii is like going into the witness protection program. Out of site and out of mind.
on March 7,2012 | 02:25PM
BigOpu wrote:
I gotta say that Coach DTD always had a positive angle on how she addressed questions from the media. Some may call it denial, but I saw it her trying to keep that damn glass half full. Tough when talent is sparse, and seats are hard to fill. I wish her better luck with her next step whatever it may be.
on March 7,2012 | 03:32PM
magicman1433 wrote:
Sad, but not unexpected...If Arnold doesn't do something to salvage this season, he'll be on the bubble too...Same for Charlie Wade...Bottom line is that coaches are being paid to win...
on March 7,2012 | 04:04PM
islandsun wrote:
These are all Jimbo's selections so maybe he should take some responsibility or lets make a change at AD. He cannot take credit or blame for Chow because the committee took him out of the loop because of his obvious bias for Miano.
on March 7,2012 | 04:43PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
A shame, but that is the nature of coaching... you got to produce a winning product.
on March 7,2012 | 04:17PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Sad because Coach DTD is Hot!!! Unfortunately Hotness doesn't win games. Coaching and Motivating young people to excel beyond their immediate limitations is a huge tasking. Just ask any Parent. She could have been given a little bit more time to turn the thinking and behaviors of the players around. Now we hire a new coach, how much time will be given to them to turn the program around? How much time is enough?
on March 7,2012 | 04:30PM
Anonymous wrote:
MAJOR BUMMER AS I REALLY LIKED DTD.....She really had a tough job as the previous guy (Jim Bolla) ran the program into the ground. Bolla should have been canned sooner so the damage he did would not have been as bad. I wish AD/JD would've given her a few more years before making a decision. I guess JD is trying to send a message out to the other coaches like Charley Wade, Gib Arnold, and yes, Norm Chow even though he hasn't even coached his first game yet. Dave Shoji, Mike Trapasso, and Bob Coolen are safe "for now".
on March 7,2012 | 05:13PM
Opihipika wrote:
Bummers is the word! JD should know that it takes more than 3 years to build a team that was taken to the pits by Bolla. Any simple minded person knows that it takes time to repair psychologically damages of individuals. JD, you made a big big mistake!
on March 7,2012 | 07:44PM
joannm wrote:
Unfortunate news for Coach Takahara-Dias. She just wasn't able to get it done. Someone I hope UH looks at for the next coach is Jeff Harada. He did an amazing job with the HPU Women's basketball program and seems to be able to recruit both locally and on the mainland. Mana Hopkins, Jazmin Awa-Williams from Konawaena were great. He must be broadening his recruiting contacts being at Navy this year. I really hope they hire him for their next coach.
on March 7,2012 | 05:31PM
seiko wrote:
I agree
on March 7,2012 | 06:18PM
heluhelu wrote:
Aloha and mahalo to Coach DTD for restoring the spirit of ohana to Wahine basketball. The Wahine came up short on Ws but most will graduate never knowing the abuse and negativity imposed by DTD's predecessor. DTD gave plenty to her players on and off the court. You could see the luv returned, even & despite the losses.
on March 7,2012 | 06:10PM
4lynette wrote:
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on March 7,2012 | 06:32PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Kuehu is "hapai" ????? I would like to see Gavin Peterson getting a shot at the head coaching job. The roots to the "Goo-era" might be there but give the guy a chance to be his "own man".
on March 7,2012 | 06:53PM
jimbone wrote:
Thank you Dana for the 3 yrs you gave to UH wahine basketball. The win-lose record was'nt there, But you gave it your all. And thats all we can ask for. Good luck to the next coach coming in. Aloha
on March 7,2012 | 06:41PM
cnr94 wrote:
I agree. Good luck Dana!!!
on March 7,2012 | 07:35PM
Toppsy wrote:
Wishing you the best Dana. We all know that you gave your 101% in trying to make the Wahine program a success. Too bad that we have such a poor excuse in a AD like JD.
on March 7,2012 | 08:18PM
Eradication wrote:
Wow, I bet most of you "know it all" armchair coaches never even went to a single game. It really amazes me how many folks think they know how to coach. Coach Takahara-Dias could out coach any of you. The fact is that recruiting is very difficult for UH women's basketball, always has been. I think the AD pulled the trigger too soon and felt the pressure from the press.
on March 7,2012 | 09:04PM
joannm wrote:
I agree that recruiting is tough here. That's why we need someone who has proven they can recruit. That coach from HPU, Jeff Harada has shown he can recruit. Locally with Hopkins and Awa-Wiilliams as well as on the mainland. I heard that he has also done a great job recruiting at Navy as an asst. this year. We really should give him a shot.
on March 8,2012 | 06:56PM
niimi wrote:
dalawyer must not know how bad Vince Goo really was but dalawyer is just a spewer. Before the goons on this board diss the local hires, Vince Goo was one of those supposedly "no good local hires." Yup, he was one of those "local talent has nothing to offer" folks as said by dalawyer. Coaching honors: 1998 WAC Pacific Division Coach of the Year; 1994 Big West Coach of the Year; 1993 Big West Coach of the Year; 1989 Big West Coach of the Year. Highlights • Program's all-time winningest coach with a record of 331-162. • 11 seasons with 20 wins or more • Five seasons with 25 wins or more • Three regular-season conference titles • Five NCAA Tournament bids • Five WNIT bids • Four conference coach of the year awards • Three All-Americans • Three conference players of the year • 21 all-conference players • 100-percent graduation rate
on March 7,2012 | 09:56PM
Piikoi02 wrote:
on March 7,2012 | 11:13PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
The Hawaii Women's BB Head Coach job is way more difficult than being at a BCS school. No matter who you get as HC, it will always be a challenge to recruit.
on March 7,2012 | 10:51PM
ejkorvette wrote:
NIIMI, Right On. Coach Goo was not perfect, but we was a Winner. I also agree with another comment made, Coach DTD was let go too early. I understand that one Coaches and plays with what they have, and then Recruit heavy during the off-season. Now maybe the talent pool in Hawaii isn't all that great, but nothing beats Determination, Tenacity, and Dilligence. DTD, that's what she gave the Wahine program day in and day out! That should count for something when her contract came up for negotiation. UH AD/JD, You missed the point on this one and let go of your Real and Only Superstar in Coach Dana. The program now goes back to Square one, Our timetable goes back 3yrs for a winning program! It looks to me like there was pressure in this decision, because there sure was plenty of haste and spontaneity. Shame. Coach Dana, I'd love to invite you to Lunch one day. In fact, all of the supporters on this comment site, we should treat Coach D to lunch one day. I write this comment from Kabul, Afghanistan and will return home to the isle 2nd week in May. If anyone here would like to get together and show Coach Dana some support/love, contact me: bigwill40@yahoo.com subject: Coach D. Mahalo
on March 7,2012 | 11:59PM
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