Benjamin to coachBy Pat Bigold
Former Hawaii offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Guy Benjamin has been named head coach of the Hawaii Hammerheads, the second-year franchise in the Professional Indoor Football League.
Hammerheads general manager Mike Vasconcellos announced Benjamin's appoinment today.
Besides having coached at Hawaii under Fred vonAppen, Benjamin, a Stanford graduate, played seven seasons in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers.
He was coach and general manager of the Las Vegas Aces, a World Indoor Football League team. He also coached at Stanford and in the World League of American Football.
He currently is an academic adviser at UH.
Aloha Roll '99, the third annual inline skating event held in conjunction with the Great Aloha Run, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 21, on a 1.1-mile track circling Ward Centre and Ward Warehouse.
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The first race, a 3-mile event for Hawaii's top skaters, starts at 6:30 a.m. A Fitness Fun Roll starts at 7:30. After the skating, there will be a Family Fun Carnival, with food, games and other activities.
GUILD, KAHAKUI WIN: Walter Guild won the men's open long-course race and Donna Kahakui was the women's open winner in yesterday's Hinano Bear Poai Puni Series canoe races at Kailua Beach.
Guild paddled the eight-mile distance in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 29 seconds, beating runner-up Mike Judd by 14 seconds.
Kahakui breezed to victory in 1:13:40. Paula Crabb took second place in 1:21:29.
'WOODIES' AT UH-HILO EVENT: Australia's Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, the world's top-ranked doubles team, will headline a Hawaii-Hilo tennis exhibition on Monday, Feb. 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Tennis Pavilion of the Orchid at Mauna Lani.
Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased by calling UH-Hilo assistant tennis coach Robin Takahashi at 974-7403.