Positions switch on UH staff


POSTED: Thursday, February 18, 2010

A shuffle within the Hawaii football coaching staff will move Dave Aranda into the role of defensive coordinator this season, according to multiple sources.

Cal Lee, the current defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, is expected to remain on staff in the latter position.

The athletic department posted job listings for both assistant football coach and administrative assistant for football operations (director of football player personnel) on Tuesday with a closing date of March 3.

The positions must go through the state's hiring process before being finalized.

“;There will be some changes on the staff and we're going through the hiring process right now. We won't announce anything until mid-March,”; said head coach Greg McMackin in a statement released last night.

According to the sources, Tony Tuioti, currently the director of player personnel, will coach the defensive line. George Lumpkin, who coached the defensive ends last season, moves into the player personnel position.

Aranda was hired as UH's defensive line coach when McMackin took over the program in 2008. Prior to joining UH, he was a co-defensive coordinator at Delta State and defensive coordinator at California Lutheran. Aranda declined comment last night.

During the season, McMackin praised Aranda's input into the defensive gameplans, particularly after UH's win over Navy when the Warriors stifled the Midshipmen's option offense.

Lee joined the UH staff in 2003 as linebackers coach. He continued to focus on the linebackers since assuming the defensive coordinator post after McMackin succeeded June Jones as head coach.

Tuioti was a UH defensive lineman from 1996-99 and was hired as director of player personnel in 2008, placing him in charge of coordinating the Warriors' recruiting efforts for the last two years. He did not return a call yesterday.

Lumpkin is the longest tenured member of the coaching staff. He currently holds the title of assistant head coach and focused on working with the defensive ends last season. Aside from a two-year absence in 1997-98 when he coached at Kamehameha Schools, Lumpkin has been on the UH staff since 1974.