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UH athletic director announces big plan for department

By Ferd Lewis

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LAST UPDATED: 04:18 p.m. HST, Sep 12, 2013


University of Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay announced today an ambitious strategic plan aimed at, "positioning UH athletics as an NCAA top 50 program."

"We need to be financially secure with an image, rank and reputation that will make UH athletics nationally recognized," Jay said, "matching the academic excellence that the university has already achieved."

The plan -- titled "The Time is Now!!" -- is expected to set fundraising goals for hiking the department's current $32 million budget into the $40 million range within five years. Jay added at today's press conference UH will initiate a major fundraising campaign aimed to raise $60 million in cash and a $40 million capital improvement initiative.

He also announced Hawaii Pacific Health as a new corporate partner that will work with the department to, "significantly improve the health care services for UH's student-athletes."

It was also noted that Outrigger Hotels and Resorts will increase its financial commitment to the $150,000 and higher annually category.

The long-term plan will also address facilities, academics and student welfare issues.

Department officials said the plan has been in the works since Jay arrived in January.

It is aimed at making UH more competitive in the Mountain West Conference and helping to position it for future shakeups in the major college landscape while rebuilding trust and confidence in the community.

 

Strategic Plan for UH Athletics







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kauaiguy wrote:
New Director Ben is a real GO-GETTER, great to have him ON-BOARD!!!
on September 12,2013 | 09:33AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Will the legislators let him do it? Seems like they would like to be in control.
on September 12,2013 | 12:03PM
1local wrote:
jay and all in the Athletic department should be paid on a percentage of the net p...rofit generated from athletic events
on September 12,2013 | 03:43PM
kjd77 wrote:
If you look at college athletics, most Division I programs operate at a deficit. The bigger, money making sports like basketball and football, don't compensate for the other sports that don't generate any revenue. If they paid the athletic department based on this, then the employees would have to pay the school to have a job.
on September 12,2013 | 05:38PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Will it be on TV ?????
on September 12,2013 | 09:53AM
Ripoff wrote:
Good to go as long MRC stays out of it...
on September 12,2013 | 09:53AM
grantos wrote:
huh? she's on leave
on September 12,2013 | 12:26PM
false wrote:
She's sayonara.
on September 12,2013 | 02:37PM
Ripoff wrote:
It was a joke lol
on September 12,2013 | 02:52PM
honopic wrote:
"The Time Is Now" for a 5-year plan? It'll take more than a slogan and an "ambitious strategic plan" to rebuild trust and confidence in the community. Talk is cheap, but $40 million is not.
on September 12,2013 | 09:54AM
inverse wrote:
I think Jay, like Palin's term, is just "putting lipstick on a pig". NOTHING Jay does will impact increase in revenue, the only thing that will do that is for Chow to start winning and bring back interest to the fans and the sports channels who pay money to nationally televise a school's football games.
on September 12,2013 | 10:17AM
fairgame947 wrote:
And what is your part to support the team? Do you attend or just criticize? Do you donate or just criticize? If you attend and donate then I commend you, but my guess would be is you don't. I hope I'm wrong.
on September 12,2013 | 11:05AM
PCWarrior wrote:
I donate. But we stopped going to Aloha Stadium after all the drunks kept hassling my elderly parents. I advocated strongly that we not hire the con man Gib Arnold who had just been fired from USC under a cloud of pay for play controversy as he was the recruiting coordinator. He was the son of the most hated UH coach in all of UH history. Yet they bring this banana aboard with his forked tongue and answer for everything. Ban drinking at Aloha and we'll come back. Get rid of Arnold and we'll go back to basketball games. Otherwise, we've completely lost interest in UH sports except for Shoji and the women's volleyball team.
on September 12,2013 | 11:46AM
Jca43 wrote:
I know Gib personally and he is nothing like what you make him to be.
on September 12,2013 | 12:10PM
PCWarrior wrote:
When you can't even challenge for a invitation to the NIT and have to play in the bogus play to pay post season Riley Wallace Tournament and cannot even compete in the Big Joke West it is time for a new coach. Arnold is consistently out-coached and out-classed when it comes to basketball strategy and his substitution patterns have not made sense from day one. Maybe he is a good guy to you but UH needs a better basketball coach.
on September 12,2013 | 01:19PM
Muraoka wrote:
What UH doesn't need is anything ARNOLD leading any team!
on September 12,2013 | 03:17PM
allie wrote:
agree
on September 12,2013 | 04:32PM
oxtail01 wrote:
I don't know Gib personally but based on his past history, including the lackluster performance as UH head coach, I lean toward agreeing with PCWarrior.
on September 12,2013 | 03:14PM
Muraoka wrote:
I know Gib's father personally and he is EVERYTHING that PC Warrior makes him to be.
on September 12,2013 | 03:16PM
fairgame947 wrote:
I have no such problem with drunks in my section. Just move to different seats. Also the stadium has set up a program to notify staff/police if there are such problems. Aloha Stadium is trying to make those changes. I too would prefer no alcohol sold in the stadium, as Pac 12 and other conferences do, but doubt it will happen here.
on September 12,2013 | 02:42PM
false wrote:
Whatever about Arnold but that is another conversation. But you are right about the drinking and the drunks. Me and friends give up season tickets a couple of years ago because of the drinking problems and what it brings. The alcohol sets a bad atmosphere. Went to the USC game the some of the drunks on the walk way into the stadium walk along side of USC fans walking in harassing them to no end. Guess what a local would have done. Yup, got into a fight. No get me wrong I am local, but I KNOW that would have take place.
on September 12,2013 | 02:44PM
inverse wrote:
You are right, I used to donate, but not anymore. Also used to attend football games but that was a long time ago. I especially used to look forward to attending the UH/USC game at Aloha Stadium where it appeared almost half the stadium was filled with USC fans and their red shirts. Why would anyone reward mediocrity and incompetence? Jay is fooling no one with his "get rich" schemes of bringing in more money as Herman Frasier did the exact same thing of big talk about bringing in more money to UH athletics, but they were nothing more than empty promises. As mentioned Jay has NOTHING to do with UH making more money, only Chow can do that with winning more games and fielding a competitive team. This is not civil service, rather like the NFL performance based: Field a competitive team and I with most others will put money in as a REWARD to UH and the coaches that bring success to Hawaii. Failure will get you nothing. Also unlike Chow and his attorney son, I will not be fooled into giving my money to a charlatan who will rip me off with empty promises of great things to come.
on September 12,2013 | 12:42PM
allie wrote:
We students want more money-a great deal more-for the UH's mission which is not football or public entertainment but academics.
on September 12,2013 | 09:57AM
kailua1044 wrote:
then raise your own money. where's your plan?
on September 12,2013 | 10:25AM
BO0o07 wrote:
Allie Babble has no plan, only babble.
on September 12,2013 | 10:39AM
BO0o07 wrote:
Allie Babble has no plan, only babble.
on September 12,2013 | 10:41AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Hahaha!. The Allie perrsonality rocks. Stirs the sheep in the herd to show their sheepiness, and calls out the shepherds. That's what makes the good ol' US of A such an interesting place. One thing "Allie" has over all of you: no matter how foolish you sound, Allie never gets personal. Good thing too. I think if Allie did, you guys really couldn't handle it and might die.
on September 12,2013 | 02:02PM
csdhawaii wrote:
Yeesh, did someone hijack your account? You usually have intelligent posts. Defend allie if you want, but she regularly makes stereotypical and prejudicial hate speech against Hawaii people and certain ethnicities. If you think that rocks, well...
on September 12,2013 | 02:24PM
allie wrote:
untrue..I love Hawaii. Just want more honesty and more improvement. Don't we all?
on September 12,2013 | 04:33PM
CriticalReader wrote:
No. Just making an observation. I understand the sport of Allie hating. But the Allie's personality's observations tend to have validity in my view.
on September 12,2013 | 06:07PM
allie wrote:
perspicacious! Thanks
on September 12,2013 | 04:33PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Everyone knows she doesn't have one. Never did.
on September 12,2013 | 10:43AM
Ripoff wrote:
"Allie" is probably Herman Frazier
on September 12,2013 | 12:03PM
allie wrote:
hey!
on September 12,2013 | 01:14PM
JBS wrote:
Still in those freshman classes Allie? What has it been 5-6 years of you posting as "freshman?" Oh yeah and invited to walk-on to the Wahine volleyball team.
on September 12,2013 | 01:17PM
allie wrote:
no hon, I graduate in December
on September 12,2013 | 04:34PM
Bdpapa wrote:
The whole university prospers when the Athletics are operating correctly, that means are winning.
on September 12,2013 | 10:34AM
allie wrote:
no hon..we students don't care about entertainment. We care about our classes and faculty
on September 12,2013 | 01:14PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Its about pride. The community gets nothing from having a University. When UH puts out a quality product in any area the community is proud to have that recognition. The chances of getting more monies to enhance UH is better. However, the community understands athletics more than education excellence. Athletic recognition has the potential of bringing in a lot of money and that can be spent on facility upgrades all over campus. You've only been here 6 or 7 years but for those of us who have been here and consider UH "Our School" we want the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of State College. And we have pride for this school and wish them much success and want more people to jump on the bandwagon when the next step is taken.
on September 12,2013 | 02:41PM
allie wrote:
huh?
on September 12,2013 | 04:34PM
false wrote:
What you wrote "the community understands athletics more than education excellence" is true. Folks here are more interested in high school football than academics. Thats why Hawaii turns out kids qualified to only work menial jobs in the hotel and restaurant business.
on September 12,2013 | 06:57PM
kiwamoto wrote:
Find a school that you like and go there. Please.
on September 12,2013 | 10:35AM
lowtone123 wrote:
All the other schools rejected her.
on September 12,2013 | 10:44AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Allie...Ben Jay is the ATHLETIC director. You should bring your concern to Tom Apple. Ask him where is his plan?
on September 12,2013 | 10:42AM
allie wrote:
I have
on September 12,2013 | 04:34PM
environmental_lady wrote:
I agree that football is the biggest drain on the budget with so many scholarships offered to players and mega-wages to the coaches - all for consistently losing teams, past and present. Eliminating football will render the budget is more manageable.
on September 12,2013 | 10:48AM
HawaiiMongoose wrote:
Actually not true. The football program operates at a considerable profit. The surplus subsidizes non-revenue sports. A lot more taxpayer dollars would be needed to sustain the rest of the athletic program if not for football.
on September 12,2013 | 11:53AM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on September 12,2013 | 05:41PM
CriticalReader wrote:
UH would make the same amount from football, if not more, if it went FCS and did 6 roadkill games a year. The local attendance would stil be about the same - reflecting reluctance to pay for season tickets, no interest in single game buys for games against junk or mediocre teams (e.g. the MWC), and curious interest in marquee programs. If they played roadkill games close to vegas, they'd get a good fan road following too.
on September 12,2013 | 06:40PM
kiragirl wrote:
The sports that have no income (paid audience) are the budget busters. I am critical especially of the women's golf team. They receive free education plus free golf and travel and yet most on the team cannot break 80. Sometimes I wonder if the coach is the problem.
on September 12,2013 | 02:27PM
Anonymous wrote:
kiragirl is correct. As for the women's golf team, you can't eliminate it without first eliminating a men's program with an equal number of participants. That's because of title 9 rules.
on September 12,2013 | 05:19PM
kiragirl wrote:
Yep. Title IX needs tweaking, especially in the area of enrollment determining the ratio of women to men sports.
on September 12,2013 | 07:20PM
false wrote:
YOU especially I can't see speak for anyone no less students.
on September 12,2013 | 02:46PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Then agree to pay more in tuition and fees as UH is still one of the best deals in terms of coast.
on September 12,2013 | 03:15PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The goal is to gain 25% over 5 years? That's a measly growth rate of under 5% a year.
on September 12,2013 | 10:21AM
grantos wrote:
measly yet realistic?
on September 12,2013 | 12:28PM
hunebasami wrote:
If they keep losing unrealistic
on September 12,2013 | 01:50PM
Anonymous wrote:
Actually, if you do the math, it's a 33% increase. My guess is that very few programs are trying or can achieve that much of an increase so good luck Ben Jay.
on September 12,2013 | 05:15PM
AhiPoke wrote:
I hope Mr. Jay is successful. If he succeeds we all benefit, even those who aren't into athletics. He's the first AD to develop a strategic plan so that's a very positive start. His biggest hurdles will probably be the nay sayers and the loadmouths who aren't willing to put up a dime but are quick to criticize.
on September 12,2013 | 10:30AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Exactly!
on September 12,2013 | 10:35AM
shshimizu wrote:
True AhiPoke. A lot of them will probably are already flipping their lips.
on September 12,2013 | 11:05AM
bleedgreen wrote:
Agree!!!
on September 12,2013 | 11:21AM
Jca43 wrote:
Agree,
on September 12,2013 | 12:12PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Agree!
on September 12,2013 | 12:49PM
hunebasami wrote:
Good start change the name and change it again. How much did that bring in.
on September 12,2013 | 01:52PM
Kingbudd wrote:
It's easy to create a strategic plan, but as any fundraiser knows that every strategic plan requires a feasibility study which this plan lacks. The feasibility study helps determine the community, culture, view, and ability to accomplish the stated strategic plan. Unfortunately, those naysayers are a vital part of the feasibility study which will determine the athletic departments success. Already not doing things correctly, this is already the way Greenwood wood operate, just destined for failure!
on September 12,2013 | 07:23PM
hon2255 wrote:
Give the man time to do his job, Allie , in reference to academic monies for infrastructure and pay to the rank and file instructors,profs, that's an issue you need to bring up with the legislature , and administration on upper campus, asking them why they built west oahu campus when state cannot even upkeep and take care of main campus, ask them Allie.
on September 12,2013 | 10:33AM
allie wrote:
I will!
on September 12,2013 | 01:15PM
hunebasami wrote:
easy solution. Raise the tuition to make all the changes. The tuition not high enough. Check what others pay.
on September 12,2013 | 01:54PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
ON campus stadium? :)
on September 12,2013 | 11:13AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Except for football because not enough acreage.
on September 12,2013 | 12:43PM
808comp wrote:
Intrested in hearing his plan. At least he has a plan, work or not remains to be seen.
on September 12,2013 | 11:57AM
JackFlash wrote:
I thought UH competes in the Big West? Other than football of course...
on September 12,2013 | 12:12PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
It took Rome more than a few years to build The Roman Empire. Ferd was outlining this story. If the editors decide to expand on this story, there will be more written on it.
on September 12,2013 | 12:42PM
csdhawaii wrote:
Well, that was a bust...not much info at all.
on September 12,2013 | 02:26PM
Ulalei wrote:
Unless his announcement involves Stevie Wonder finally playing a concert, I'm not interested.
on September 12,2013 | 12:27PM
dlum003 wrote:
One free hotdog for all children under 4 years old! Or was it a dollar off parking for all drivers over 70 years old? Either plan will get us back on track.
on September 12,2013 | 01:31PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Hopefully, this event will also announce a BIG DONOR infusion of cash into UH. I got a good feeling that's going to happen. Plenty nott-the-usual suspect lawyers made publicity donations during the Na Koa telethon (a sure sign that there will be building and spending). Let's start the guessing. Peter Ho and BOH? Ching Foundation? Kobayashi Construction? The Pflueger family?
on September 12,2013 | 01:55PM
CriticalReader wrote:
NOPE. I was wrong. Oh well. Same ol sam ol'. Another 5 year plan from yet another AD. Seems like 5 year plans are bachi for UH ADs.;
on September 12,2013 | 06:02PM
peles_fire wrote:
?Academic excellence"? How many graduate in four years? How many graduate at all? Let us not pretend to be a top fifty school in the USA.
on September 12,2013 | 02:15PM
Bdpapa wrote:
We are not but its a worthy goal!
on September 12,2013 | 02:43PM
CriticalReader wrote:
4 things from news conference: 1) Announcement of a coming announcemen?; 2) Commercial for Outrigger and Hawaii Pacific Health Care; 3) Jay's going to be hitting up EVERYBODY and LEGISLATURE - can you say "UH sports tax"?; 4) Jay has no big donor in the bag. Jayt good for diddly. I can come up with a plan to go beg people for money. And I can come up with shopping list. And, I'll take only $200,000..00 in salary.
on September 12,2013 | 02:17PM
Muraoka wrote:
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who heard what I thought I heard. Thanks Critical Reader for confirming what I thought I just heard! You might also add: 5) Ben Gay is an awfully smart feller -- it only took him from January till now to figure AAAAALLLLL of 1 - 4 out !!!
on September 12,2013 | 03:23PM
false wrote:
Ben has vision unlike the blind regents.
on September 12,2013 | 02:36PM
alfhawaii wrote:
winning solves alot of problems. just win baby
on September 12,2013 | 02:54PM
Anonymous wrote:
The Time is Now! Hawaiian time, but.
on September 12,2013 | 03:30PM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on September 12,2013 | 03:53PM
csdhawaii wrote:
EXACTLY.
on September 12,2013 | 04:15PM
allie wrote:
agree
on September 12,2013 | 04:35PM
Bumby wrote:
So the plan needs to be given to everyone involved. The blue print that all follow and do and make the necessary changes as needed. Think and do what will work. One step at a time. No need to have negative crabs to keep UH down. Especially not having the 2007 Sugar Bowl to be the stepping stone to further the football program. What a waste that was. The plan must be bought into by all those who want to see UH get to the next level.
on September 12,2013 | 04:16PM
2NDC wrote:
Good luck with your plan.
on September 12,2013 | 05:05PM
stangcyn wrote:
This more stupidness and waste of taxpayers money when we have to many people who do not have enough food or medical. Get real you numb nuts.
on September 12,2013 | 05:15PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on September 12,2013 | 05:49PM
CriticalReader wrote:
The frustration we all feel is that Jay said absolutely nothing new, was more fluff than substance (as is his manifesto), and signaled clearly that UH will now enter an era of overt pandering to Corporate interests (once again, forsaking the rest of us). Never seen a college athletic press conference turn into a hotel and health insurance informercial the way this one did. It was absolutely BIZARRE. "SUPPORT UH ATHLETICS! Stay at Outrigger and switch to Pacific during your next open enrollment!" Well now, now we all can understand clearly that we exist to support not only UH sports, but its partners Outrigger and Pacific Health whatever. Can't wait for the coming infomercial announcements staged for other UH partners. Thinking about buying a new car. Who do I call, Mr. Jay?
on September 12,2013 | 08:02PM
CriticalReader wrote:
The naysayer and loudmouths have proven correct over the past 15 years. To me, the "yea sayers" are the ones who are dangerous to UH's FCS/D1 existence. The yea sayers have been perpetuating and enabling horrible management of UHAD since Stan Sheriff died. To me, the yea sayers are the ones primarily responsible for the current state of affairs.
on September 12,2013 | 09:14PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
BFD. The "Big Plan" is essentially to try to raise more funds commensurate with raising the budget. How's about initiating a steeply discounted or even free ticket program for high school and peewee football programs across the state to help fill aloha stadium on game day. I try to support our state U, but hard when this kind of typical UH lameness is always around.
on September 13,2013 | 12:21AM
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