By Stephen Tsai
Assistant coach Chris Wiesehan has accepted the o -line coach's job at Temple.
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On March 22, 2003, the lights went out in the Stan Stan Sheriff.
The outage occurred during a men's volleyball match between Pacific and Hawaii. While waiting for the mercury lights to regenerate, UH outside hitter Johnny Matt Bender began to breakdance on the Teraflex court. Pacific coach Joe Wortmann then answered with his robotic dance. It was a fun time when the arena rocked and the teams (at least Bender) rolled.
Now Pacific, which plays host to UH tonight and tomorrow, is facing the metaphorical last dance. The program is folding at the end of this season.
Through the years, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation has endured several departures. At various periods, California, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount, and Saint Mary's were MPSF members.
Overall, the number of members eligible to compete for the 2015 NCAA Division I-II title will remain at 37, with Pacific's departure offset by McKendree University's addition to the MIVA.
Pacific's exit isn't fully a bottom-line issue. With teams limited to the equivalent of 4.5 scholarships and the Tigers' roster at 21 players, that means more than $884,000 is collected annually by the school from the equivalent of 15.5 scholarships paid by the student-athletes in tuition, room and board, and expenses.
Pacific has struggled in recent years and, in particular, it has struggled every year against Hawaii. UH leads the series, 42-1, and has won 33 in a row, including the past 16 in Stockton.
But the Tigers ran a clean program, graduated their players, always put up the good fight, and tried to be entertaining, even during outages.
They will be missed.
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Alan Hackbarth, the so-called "Rubberband Man," no longer will be performing his Gumby-like dance moves during volleyball matches.
He's been promoted to Honolulu Fire Department captain. Sometimes leaders can no longer be dancers.
For old time's sake: Rubberman dance video