HONOLULU (KHON2) — University of Hawaii sports enters a new era. Athletic director David Matlin said he will step down in June.President David Rasner said it would be difficult to find a replacement.
Matlin surprised many with his announcement, quitting what President UH said was one of the most difficult jobs in the state. Everyone has an opinion on what to do.
See more news around Hawaii
“He is one of the most thoughtful and respected athletic directors, both locally and nationally, and our program is much better than it was when he took over just eight years ago. It’s in strong shape,” Lassner said.
“The summit is lonely. You make decisions and deal with the consequences, but I think it’s really worth it when you’re grounded in your own belief system,” said UH men’s volleyball coach Charlie Wade. .
Among his achievements, the UH men’s volleyball team won back-to-back national championships. Lassner said he was also proud of the coach Matlin had hired. Besides choosing Timmy Chan instead.
“They are so dedicated to Hawaii and we see coaches flying around the country asking for more money, but our coaches are here because they want to be here.” Lassner said.
Lassner said they are still working out the details regarding the selection of Mr. Matlin’s successor. The board then makes the final decision. Rasner wants to pick someone with a strong connection to Hawaii, he said.
“That doesn’t necessarily mean local, but the work is very much about connecting with the community. It’s hard to see someone succeed without having a concept of who they are,” Rasner said. said.
Matlin earns about $300,000 a year and his contract was due to expire this year. The chairman of the House Higher Education Committee said he wanted to make the selection process transparent by incorporating public input.
“We hope that students, especially student-athletes, will have the opportunity to consider this because it affects them,” said Rep. Amy Peluso.
Get news on the go at 8am every morning with KHON 2GO, KHON’s Morning Podcast
Lassner said students will be given an opportunity to voice their opinions.