Thursday, June 28, 2001
Don't start planning Hugh Yoshida's retirement party just yet.
Yoshida considers future
By Dave Reardon
The University of Hawaii athletic director is 61, and his contract expires in December 2002. He is eligible for full retirement benefits after more than 30 years of state employment.
But Yoshida said that doesn't mean he's headed out his lower campus office door.
"I've got people calling me lame duck now, but that's not quite where it's at," he said.
"I'll evaluate things (when the contract comes up), things like my energy level, health and family issues ... and how much this is still a fun thing," he said. "Of course the new contract would be something to look at."
Some of the speculation surrounding Yoshida has to do with a new president at UH, Evan Dobelle. Dobelle replaces Kenneth Mortimer on Saturday.
"I'm excited if anything about it. We'll talk about goals and direction," Yoshida said.
"I am getting to that age, but I think I have a few good years left," added Yoshida, who said he is in good health. "I haven't even thought about what I might do after this, except one thing would be spending more time with my grandson (Dylan, 3), and there's another on the way."
Yoshida has been UH athletic director since 1993. Prior, he was an assistant and associate UH athletic director. He was also a teacher, coach, athletic director and administrator in the state Department of Education for 20 years.
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