Sources: Committee submits one name for UH athletics director, chancellor considers another

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The process of choosing the University of Hawaii’s 20th athletics director took a step closer to completion Tuesday.

The eight-member search committee submitted its recommendation to UH Manoa chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman.

Sources have confirmed the lone name submitted was Hawaii Bowl executive director David Matlin.

Sources add that Bley-Vroman is also considering former Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive director Keith Amemiya.

Amemiya was not granted an interview by the search committee. However, Bley-Vroman can take the panel’s suggestion or make a choice of his own.

Bley-Vroman convened the search in January after the resignation of current AD Ben Jay and the university says the committee has reviewed applications, checked references and interviewed candidates over the past two months.

“I would like to thank the search committee members for their hard work and dedication,” said Bley-Vroman. “I appreciate their efforts in evaluating the candidates for this extremely critical position, not just for UH but for the entire state. I’m confident that we will be able to name an athletic director that possesses the right combination of executive leadership skills and vision to guide and grow the program through these challenging times.”

According to a university press release, “to continue to protect the integrity of the process, there will be no public statements or interviews by UH officials regarding the AD search until the final selection is announced.”

A formal announcement will be made by March 31. Final approval will be made on April 16 by the Board of Regents.

Click here for more information on the search process.

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