By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
After 20 seasons of highs and lows, the Mike Trapasso era of University of Hawaii baseball is over. “Coach Trap” finished his UH tenure with an overall record of 536-531, posting 12 winning seasons and reaching the 30-win mark on eight occasions. With the search for his successor underway, we thought this might be an opportune time to look back on Trapasso’s time in Manoa. Take this quickie Pop Quiz and see how well you score:
1. Mike Trapasso became the UH baseball head coach in June of 2001. Where did he coach before joining UH?
A. Oklahoma State
C. Georgia Tech
2. Who was Hawaii’s very first opponent under the Trapasso regime?
C. Florida State
3. Hawaii opened the season against this school for five consecutive years, from 2011 to 2015.
B. Arizona State
C. Portland State
4. Who was the first UH player in the Trapasso Era to be named to a all-conference team?
A. Derek Honma
B. Gregg Omori
C. Scooter Martines
5. The 2009 Rainbow Warriors set a new school record for most home runs in a season, with 63. Who led that team in HRs?
A. Vinny Catricala
B. Kevin McDonald
C. Kolten Wong
6. What unwanted school record did UH achieve against Rice on Feb. 23, 2013?
an A. Hawaii batters struck out 23 times
B. UH committed 7 errors
C. UH pitchers surrendered 10 walks
7. Who’s the only UH batter to hit for the cycle during the Trapasso Era?
A. Jon Hee
B. Greg Garcia
C. Kole Kaler
8. Who was the first Rainbow Warrior to earn All-America honors under Trapasso?
A. Kolten Wong
B. Steven Wright
C. Lenny Linsky
9. Which two years did Trapasso lead UH to an NCAA Regiinal?
A. 2006 and 2010
B. 2007 and 2011
C. 2006 and 2009
10. How many conference “Coach of the Year” awards did Trapasso win as UH head coach?
1 – C. Trapasso was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for Georgia Tech
2 – C. The ’Bows beat the Seminoles, 3-2, in the 2002 season opener
3 – A. Hawaii hosted the Ducks for five straight season openers, going 4-1 in those games
4 – B. Omori was a Second-Team All-WAC selection in 2002
5 – B. McDonald led the way with 14 homers, followed by Catricala (13) and Wong (11)
6 – A. Hawaii batters struck out 23 times in a 17-inning 2-0 shutout loss to the Owls
7 – C. Kaler hit for the cycle this past season, on April 10, 2021 against UC Riverside
8 – B. Wright was named an All-American by several publications in 2006, including Baseball America
9 – A. 2006 and 2010
10 – C. Trapasso was honored as the “WAC Coach of the Year” on three occasions (2004, 2006, 2011)
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