Thursday, May 18, 2000
UH choice mayBy Pat Bigold
The short list of coaching candidates for the University of Hawaii women's track and field program could be down to one name as soon as tomorrow.
Athletic department officials have whittled the field from some 90 applicants to four finalists and must submit a nomination to the UH Board of Regents by Monday, according to senior women's administrator Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano. But the decision likely will be made by tomorrow.
Internationally known exercise physiologist and author Jack Daniels and former Wahine All-American long jumper Gwen Loud are among the four who have emerged during the process that began in February.
Daniels and Loud are joined by Mike Keller, who coached at the University of Idaho for 25 years and retired last year; and Carmyn James, the head coach at the University of British Columbia.
Loud, who won the 1984 NCAA long jump title, has been an assistant coach at UC Irvine, Long Beach State, and Fresno City College. Daniels is now coaching at State University of New York at Courtland, an NCAA Division III school.
The four finalists were interviewed by the selection committee last week in Honolulu.
"You have to get it (nomination) in before the end of May to get it on the June agenda, because there are deadlines," said Kaho'o-hanohano. "We have to have a coach up and running by July 1st."
Athletic director Hugh Yoshida said that $80,000 has been earmarked for recruiting and hiring a head coach and another $400,000 is projected for the first competitive season.
The Wahine are expecting to compete in both the NCAA indoor (fall) and outdoor (spring) seasons
The coach's salary is expected to be in the $50,000 to $60,000 range. There will be 10 to 15 scholarships made available with the team being augmented by cross country runners.
There is a potential problem with an on-campus training facility. Repairs to Cooke Field track are estimated at close to $500,000.
Hawaii competed in women's track and field from 1972 until 1984 when the program was replaced by softball.