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UH coaches to have no vote on athletic director committee

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:16 a.m. HST, Sep 14, 2012



Three coaches who had been members of the University of Hawaii athletic director search advisory committee will no longer serve as voting members, the school said Thursday.

Football coach Norm Chow, Wahine volleyball coach Dave Shoji and Wahine basketball coach Laura Beeman will serve "of counsel" in the process to select a successor for Jim Donovan, UH said.

According to a statement issued in the name of committee chairman Howard Karr, the three cited conflicts between the committee's meeting times and their respective programs' practices.

"It is taking a lot more time than I have," Chow told the Star-Advertiser.

The move comes a week after the committee chose to continue with the search process instead of adopting a recommendation signed by 44 coaches, including Chow, Shoji and Beeman, urging that acting athletic director Rockne Freitas be immediately appointed to the position full-time.

Shoji had missed both committee meetings due to his team's morning practices. But the football team practices in the afternoon and basketball practice has yet to begin.

UH said the three, "will provide counsel to the committee regarding questions involving operations of the athletics department. The three coaches will have no vote on the name(s) of the final candidate(s) submitted to Chancellor Tom Apple for consideration and selection as new A.D. The three coaches will not be replaced on the Committee. "

In addition, UH said it is inviting proposals from search firms to provide services in the search.

UH said the committee "hopes to complete its efforts, and submit a candidate's name or candidates' names to Chancellor Apple as early as October 2012, but with a firm target date of November 1, 2012."

In addition, UH said it is inviting proposals from search firms to provide services in the search.

The Board of Regents list a salary range of $203,000-$293,000 for the athletic director position.







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allie wrote:
umm..about time. Why use coaches who will report to the AD they hire? Subordinate athletics tot he UH's academic mission and purpose. Entertainment is fine but is not an essential part of the UH
on September 13,2012 | 10:37AM
boshio wrote:
The BOR should also leave, and take Greenwood and Apple with them on the way out. Start All Over.....
on September 13,2012 | 11:47AM
808warriorfan wrote:
BEST IDEA I'VE HEARD YET ..... !!!!!
on September 13,2012 | 11:59AM
allie wrote:
thanks
on September 13,2012 | 12:04PM
kispest wrote:
The sooner, the better!
on September 13,2012 | 12:34PM
Sista4 wrote:
So now you have people who know nothing about athletics making the decision. Par for the course.
on September 13,2012 | 12:12PM
CriticalReader wrote:
UH was hoping the popular Chow and Shoji, and the politically correct women's basketball coach would sanitize whatever hiring was done. Problem was, they were only be used for their reputations, popularity, and gender. Their opinions obviously didn't matter (they wanted Freitas appointed yesterday). Why waste the time, then. UH is falling apart fast.
on September 13,2012 | 01:36PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Yup, it's a bit weird when those who will be supervised by a position are on the interview committee. Another nail in the MRC-Apple coffin og bad management. Of course, if the UH wants to consider itself a democracy, but if that were so, the professors, teaching assistants, etc., would be able to vote on MRC and Apple. So, the analogy doesn't apply.
on September 13,2012 | 02:30PM
Anonymous wrote:
It makes perfect sense to use some people who will be reporting to the person hired. In this case, the coaches know what is needed from an A.D. so they know what to look for. Their interests are balanced by the committee's inclusion of people from other areas in the college; in this case I'm guessing that would be administrators, teachers, and staff. The committee recommends and the ultimate decision is then made by the person who will be responsible for the AD's job performance. In this case, I think, that is the chancellor. As to equating sports to entertainment, I'm guessing that comes from someone who has not participated in sports. Athletics provides too many benefits to list here, but the most important is good health. This sometimes gets lost in the focus on college football, but at one time physical education was a part of the curriculum, and it should probably be brought back. We know so much more about the body now and how physical activity helps to keep us healthy, but we are failing to pass that information onto our students.
on September 14,2012 | 06:10AM
hon2255 wrote:
Forget putting coaches on the selection committe , conflict of insterest . Allie athletics is part of our university , if you want to see Entertainment as you see it , you need to go to Vegas and see your buddy Wayne Newton.
on September 13,2012 | 10:55AM
inverse wrote:
In this case the Athletic Director is MUCH LESS IMPORTANT than the football and the wahine volleyball coaches. You can have a incompetent/clueless AD like Donovan and STILL have a successful college program. You have an incompetent football coach and in Hawaii, an incompetent Wahine volleyball coach and you are in BIG trouble in terms of financial well being of the ENTIRE athletic dept. cause in Hawaii football and Wahine volleyball carries the who atheletic program. Without Chow and Shoji's support, the AD is NOTHING. I don't think Chow or Shoji are choosing Freitas because they want control the AD, they just don't want ANOTHER Donovan, Frasier, Hinshaw, Apple or Greenwood coming to UH and doing MORE harm than good as the new UH AD. These coaches are are smart and have shown success KNOW the UH selection committee created by Apple/Greenwood will choose another DUFUS and they rather have a know quantity such as Freitas
on September 13,2012 | 12:45PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Great post, inverse. These are the most insightful comments I've seen on this matter.
on September 13,2012 | 01:52PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Agree. Great post.
on September 13,2012 | 02:20PM
islandsun wrote:
Very true. And these coaches probably feel Freitas is very capable after dealing with an incompetent Donovan. But is he the best choice out there?
on September 14,2012 | 09:48AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Are they upset that Freitas didn't get appointed without a hiring processt? More mess at UH. Mr. Apple, plagiarize the relevant parts of their letters if you must (namely, "I resign"). Just write yours.
on September 13,2012 | 11:14AM
boshio wrote:
Like Romney "talking" himself out of this election. Apple will "write" himself out of a job at UH.
on September 13,2012 | 11:52AM
islandsun wrote:
They finally had the decency to resign. Not much can be said for those politicians and board members out there with worse conflicts.
on September 13,2012 | 11:30AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yes, there was a definite conflict of interest from th beginning.
on September 13,2012 | 12:01PM
dalawyer wrote:
I smell a rotten fish! Why a 13 member search committee? You don't need every tom dick and harry associated with all parts of the UH system involved in the selection/screening process. Geez, by the time they select a new AD it'll be May 2013. Oh, I forgot, we're on Hawaiian time!
on September 13,2012 | 11:44AM
Sunny wrote:
That's why the 3 coaches resigned from the Committee. It would be a waste of their time, Apple and Greenwood will make choose who they want regardless of what the coaches think. The Committee is just CYA.
on September 13,2012 | 12:31PM
Descartes22 wrote:
Apple has all these insider clowns on the "search committee", so that they can serve as job protectors for him when the time comes. You do not need more than 5 individuals to participate in this process. But you are right, it is Hawai`i and everyone needs to stuff their paws into the cookie jar. Looks like before anyone on the committee understood the incredible conflict of interest, the former chair of the committee attended two meetings to taint the rest of the cabal with his 7th grade petition. Also, it's another bonehead Apple move for him to send the letter which was published today by SA in which he does not acknowledge the conflict of interest, sanctions the continued participation of the three coaches, and tells everyone to trust them all behind closed doors.
on September 13,2012 | 12:33PM
boshio wrote:
First correct move.
on September 13,2012 | 11:46AM
CAHAOLE wrote:
If Mr. Freitas is interested in the job he would certainly be an asset to the Athletic Dept.& the University....He understands the value of athletics to the university. He has an understanding of the importance of recruiting & educating the student athletes.
on September 13,2012 | 01:43PM
mishtah wrote:
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on September 13,2012 | 04:10PM
kailua000 wrote:
Amen. people here have a very short term memory.
on September 13,2012 | 06:05PM
kailua000 wrote:
Really, they need to pay a service to have applicants for the job? No. Advertise the job on the NCAA jobs site, all current and former AD's, coaches and staff have access to that. Yah, lets just go blow another $200,000 to have someone else put the word out. Ridiculous use of money the University does not have available to waste.
on September 13,2012 | 06:03PM
false wrote:
I'm not qualified for this position, but I intend to apply anyway. It seems to be an effective way to get a job at UH. If I can pull a Greenwood, all the other candidates will withdraw and I'll be the last man standing. Several years from now, there will be an effort to get rid of me, which I will happily endorse and turn into one big payday before I ride off into the sunset. I hope I can count on the support of you all.
on September 13,2012 | 06:40PM
Anonymous wrote:
It makes perfect sense to use some people who will be reporting to the person hired. In this case, the coaches know what is needed from an A.D. so they know what to look for. Their interests are balanced by the committee's inclusion of people from other areas in the college; in this case I'm guessing that would be administrators, teachers, and staff. The committee recommends and the ultimate decision is then made by the person who will be responsible for the AD's job performance. In this case, I think, that is the chancellor. As to equating sports to entertainment, I'm guessing that comes from someone who has not participated in sports. Athletics provides too many benefits to list here, but the most important is good health. This sometimes gets lost in the focus on college football, but at one time physical education was a part of the curriculum, and it should probably be brought back. We know so much more about the body now and how physical activity helps to keep us healthy, but we are failing to pass that information onto our students,
on September 14,2012 | 06:10AM
Charliegrunt wrote:
Considering the qualifications required (bachelors degree and number of years in an athletic program), the salary is way out of line. The salary must be competitive to get a good AD, but so should the qualifications.
on September 14,2012 | 07:32AM
ptofview wrote:
Talk about Dumbing Down...a committee without athletes to choose an Athletic Director.
on September 14,2012 | 08:29AM
madmax wrote:
The coaches should not have agreed to serve on a search committee that they had no intention of truly participating in. This can be seen by their letter requesting there be no search and also by the fact that they appear to have no time to contribute to the process. They seem to be folowing UH search policy: pick your pre-ordained candidate first and then have a sham search. Freitas should NOT be considered unless he applies!
on September 15,2012 | 04:34PM
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