In 1980, Dick Tomey, who was UH head coach at the time, gave Rich Miano an opportunity to play college football as a walk-on.
Thirty-two years later, Tomey is providing assistance as Miano prepares for his first head coaching job. Miano, who was hired by Kaiser High two weeks ago, said he has enlisted Tomey as a consultant. Both were on Greg McMackin's UH coaching staff last year.
Here's a recap of that staff:
• McMackin: Splits time between Las Vegas and Honolulu. His grandson, Taylor, will be a Kaiser High sophomore in the fall.
• Nick Rolovich, offensive coordinator: He is Nevada's OC.
• Brian Smith, running backs: He is an assistant coach at California Lutheran, and is working toward a master's degree.
• Gordy Shaw, offensive line: He is the line coach at Idaho.
• Mouse Davis, receivers: He is retired, and living mostly in Oregon.
• Dave Aranda, defensive coordinator: He is Utah State's DC.
• Cal Lee, defensive ends: He will be working for the state and assisting at Kalani High. He also is running for an OHA seat.
• George Lumpkin, director of player personnel: He has re-started his cleaning company, and will be an assistant coach at Kamehameha.
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Happy birthday to one of the great ones — Lily (Kahumoku) Olteanu.
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And happy belated birthday to Chop Suey Boy.