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UH coaches to have no vote on athletic director committee

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:16 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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