By Stephen Tsai
It is a three-part move that should benefit Kaiser, Torres and the Rainbow Warriors.
Kaiser is a getting a one-time, self-made player with coaching experience (as a Kahuku assistant and UH graduate assistant). Torres will be free to pursue job opportunities. And when his term as GA expires this month, Torres will be allowed to work as an independent volunteer with the UH defensive backs.
Torres, who had earned a degree in family resources, returned to Manoa as a graduate-assistant coach the past August. According to his father, Torres decided a few weeks ago to leave the program because: 1) UH did not offer a master's degree in the counseling field he wished to pursue, and 2) he sought a full-time job to provide for his one-month-old daughter. A GA receives a tuition waiver, textbooks, and a small monthly stipend for what is essentially a full-time job.
Reggie Torres said his son will work a temporary job with the City and County of Honolulu this summer while, it is hoped, tutoring the UH DBs during unsupervised workouts.
"During the summer, if you're a coach — even a GA — you can't do anything with them (except during the NCAA-approved workout sessions)," Reggie Torres said. "Now that he's stepped down, he can help. He really cares about those guys. He doesn't want to abandon them. But he wants to think about his new baby."