Interviews

Interviews

Nov. 18 – Join us for Call the Coach, live from Ruby Tuesday in Moanalua, with UH Football Head Coach Todd Graham. He answers questions plus calls from you the fans!


Nov. 15 – Larry Beil from KGO TV in San Francisco talks joined the Sports Animals and just went off about UH football, listen in to what Larry had to say to the Animals.


Oct. 6, 2021 – University of Hawaii head coach, Todd Graham, joined the Sports Animals to reflect on this past Saturday’s victory against ranked Fresno State and explains that this bye week will give them the opportunity to work on fundamentals, heal and replenish. Graham shares his feelings on having no fans in attendance for the big win and hopes they will be allowed soon.


Oct. 5 – Former UH head coach, June Jones, joined Bobby Curran to discuss Hawaii’s homecoming win against ranked Fresno State.



Sept. 3 – Former UH Football head coach and Portland State QB June Jones joined Bobby Curran to preview this weekend’s Rainbow Warriors-Vikings matchup. Jones established six new Portland State records on offense as a senior and in two years he threw for 5,798 yards, 41 touchdowns and led Portland State to its first ever eight-win seasons (8-3 in both 1975 and 1976).



Sept. 2 – Portland State Football head coach Bruce Barnum joins The Sports Animals to discuss his team’s season opener against the Rainbow Warriors, which will be the Vikings’ first game in over a year.



Aug. 23 – It’s Game Week and former UH Football lineman and current Spectrum Sports Analyst RJ Hollis joins Bobby Curran to talk about the Rainbow Warriors and their upcoming game at UCLA.



Aug. 20 – Spokesperson for the UH Dan Meisenzahl gives us UH’s reaction to the City and County decision regarding no fans at UH fall sporting events, when did UH receive the news, what options did UH present to the C&C as well as with this fluid situation being reevaluated constantly, is there a timeline to possibly have fans allowed at home venues this fall. Also discussed is an update on the T.C. Ching Athletic Complex.



Aug. 19 – Bobby Curran catches up with University of Hawaii Men’s Basketball head coach Eran Ganot to talk about his expectations of this Rainbow Warrior squad, the competition at point guard, newcomers, and more.



Aug. 16 – ScoringLive’s Kalani Takase joins Josh Pacheco to review the recently released High School Football Preseason Power Rankings and reveals the new partnership between ScoringLive and ESPN Honolulu/CBS 1500.



Aug. 12 – Honolulu, HI American Legion Baseball team manager Orlando Gante joined Josh Pacheco for a quick chat about his team improving to 32-0 after winning their American Legion World Series opener earlier today.



Aug. 11 – University of Hawaii Athletics Director David Matlin joined Bobby Curran to discuss Ching Field and the upcoming challenges with the new COVID-19 restriction put into place by Governor David Ige yesterday.



Aug. 10 – Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi joined The Sports Animals to discuss COVID-19 restrictions, how that affects University of Hawai’i Football and what the potential plans are to be able to allow 9,000 fans.



Aug. 10 – Team USA Women’s Volleyball assistant coach and Kalani High School alumna Tama Miyashiro joined Josh Pacheco to recap their gold medal performance in Tokyo.



July 22 – University of Hawaii Football RB/WR/PR Calvin Turner Jr. joined Josh Pacheco from Mountain West Media Day. Turner was selected to the Mountain West Preseason All-Conference Team as a punt returner.



July 22 – University of Hawaii Football corberback Cortez Davis joined Josh Pacheco from Mountain West Media Day. Davis was one of four DB’s to be named to the Mountain West Preseason All-Conference Team.



July 22 – The Sports Animals chat with University of Hawaii Baseball head coach Rich Hill about the newest addition to his staff, Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Dan Cox.



July 21 – University of Hawai’i Football head coach Todd Graham joins Josh Pacheco from the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas at Mountain West Media Day to talk about the upcoming season; their predicted fifth place finish in the West Division of the MWC; and more.



July 21 – University of Hawaii Women’s Soccer head coach “Bud” Nagamine talks the return of the Rainbow Wahine after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled fall sports, as well as USA soccer’s shocking 3-0 loss to Sweden in the Olympics.



July 19 – Former University of Hawaii Men’s Basketball forward Mike Thomas answered questions from the media after it was announced that he’d be joining Eran Ganot’s staff as an assistant coach.



July 16 – Josh Pacheco chats with Rainbow Warrior outfielder Scotty Scott about his decision to continue his career at the University of Hawaii.



July 13 – “I always hoped that maybe one day I could come back home and coach at UH.” New University of Hawaii Baseball assistant coach Dave Nakama discusses his return to the islands and recruitment going on with the Rainbow Warriors.



July 13 – Former Rainbow Warrior Baseball ace Aaron Davenport joined Josh Pacheco to talk about his MLB Draft experience after being selected by Cleveland in the 6th Round (186th overall).



July 13 – Former UH-Hilo pitcher Dylan Spain joins Josh Pacheco to talk about being drafted in the 10th Round by the Atlanta Braves (307th overall) after not seeing any time on the mound over the last two years.



July 12 – Dan Tom of MMAJunkie and the Protect Ya’ Neck Podcast talks UFC 264 and the possibilities of McGregor-Poirier 4 after McGregor’s devastating ankle injury.



July 7 – Iolani High School alum Hugh Hogland joined Josh Pacheco to talk about making Japan’s Olympic basketball team and what it means to represent his mother’s home country.



June 28 – University of Hawaii Men’s Basketball head coach Eran Ganot joins Bobby Curran to discuss their summer training; and his excitement about guys like Bernardo De Silva and Samuta Avea; the recent departure of his assistant coaches; and more.



June 28 – Bobby Curran welcomes new University of Hawaii Men’s Golf Coach Scott Simpson and talks about his recruitment strategy.



June 24 – University of Hawaii Athletics Director David Matlin join Bobby Curran to discuss the construction and schedule of Ching Complex as they prepare for their September deadline, as well as the recent hire of UH Baseball head coach Rich Hill.



June 21 – Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Stephen Tsai and Bobby Curran reminisce about their time spent with Robert Kekaula.



June 18 – Josh Pacheco chats with new University of Hawaii Baseball head coach Rich Hill. Hill comes to Manoa with 35 years of head coaching experience, of which the last 23 at the University of San Diego. Hill brings a head coaching record of 1,079-738-4 (.594) and most recently led the Toreros to a 33-12 season and a second-place finish in the West Coast Conference in 2021.



June 18 – New University of Hawaii Baseball head coach Rich Hill answered questions from the media after being formally introduced as the third head coach in program history.



June 16 – Miami Dolphins’ QB Tua Tagovailoa joins The Sports Animals to talk about his health; having a true offseason; upcoming virtual Football ProCamp coming up this Saturday; and more.



June 10 – The Sports Animals caught up with former University of Hawaii Football lineman and coach, now defensive line coach at Nebraska, Tony Tuioti.



June 2 – Former University of Hawai’i Men’s Basketball assistant coach joins Bobby Curran to discuss his decision to accept the associate head coach’s position at the University of San Francisco.



June 1 – University of Hawai’i Baseball Analyst for Spectrum Sports and ESPN Honolulu Scott Robbs joins Josh Pacheco to discuss today’s announcement that Mike Trapasso’s contract will not be extended.



May 26 – “Overall its been really positive. We all know this is not an optimal situation…” University of Hawaii Athletics Director David Matlin joins The Sports Animals to discuss initial reactions to the 2021 Hawaii Football season ticket selection process and the status of the team’s new home.



May 21, 2021 – “Our goal was to be as inclusive as possible and also transparent in our process…” University of Hawaii Athletics Director David Matlin joins Bobby Curran to talk about the criteria behind the Hawaii football season tickets being released, what it was like behind the scenes with the different models for season ticket holders and how they could get tickets for the upcoming season as well as what things fans need to know ahead of the September 4th home opener at T.C. Ching Complex.



May 21 – The former UH Football Head Coach joins Artie Wilson to discuss the treatment for those with sleep issues, how some leagues are moving to a flag football format, the change of view over the years regarding head injuries and something happening with the XFL and CFL.



May 21 – The former University of Hawaii Basketball standout and NBA veteran chats with Artie Wilson about the differences between regular season and playoff basketball and gives us his picks for each first-round series.



May 19 – NCAA Men’s Volleyball champion head coach Charlie Wade jumps on the air with Bobby Curran to talk about the team, the season, and their journey leading up to a national championship. Then, there’s a look to the future as they try to defend the title. Bobby Curran and Coach Wade are on live from Ruby Tuesday in Moanalua for a special edition of Call the Coach!



May 19 -Former UCLA QB and radio voice for UCLA football Wayne Cook talks the upcoming match-up between the Bruins and Rainbow Warriors to start the 2021 season and how star QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson is preparing for the fall.



May 17 – University of Hawaii Baseball Color Analyst for Spectrum Sports Pal Eldredge joins the Sports Animals to chat about the “Base Bows” and what they need to do to finish the season strong.



May 17 – Covering Tampa Bay for The Athletic, Greg Auman joins the Sports Animals to chat about the defending Super Bowl Champ Buccaneers, their Draft, and potential road to another title.



May 11 – The friend and former teammate of Colt Brennan joined The Sports Animals to share some of his favorite memories.



May 11 – “So I go check ’em out and he’s out there throwing side arm and I’m just like man this guy throws weird…” Former Rainbow Warrior RB Nate Ilaoa recalls the first time he met Colt Brennan at the University of Hawaii.



May 11 – Rich Miano, former University of Hawai’i Football assistant coach under June Jones, joined The Sports Animals to share some of his memories of Colt Brennan.



May 11 – Spectrum Sports UH Baseball Analyst Harrison Kuroda joins The Sports Animals to chat Rainbow Baseball. The #BaseBows return to action at CSUN this weekend.



May 11 – University of Hawaiʻi Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach John Montgomery joins Bobby Cuuran to talk about their recent signing class and who we should be excited about next season.



May 10 – “We’ve gotten through and we’re gonna continue what we’re doing. We may not win again, but we know we’re gonna be close. We know we’ve got a pretty good formula.” University of Hawai’i Men’s Volleyball head coach Charlie Wade joined The Sports Animals to reflect on their first National Championship.



May 7 – University of Hawai’i Men’s Volleyball head coach Charlie Wade joins Bobby Curran to discuss their semifinal win over UCSB, and their preparations for the NCAA Championship vs. rival BYU.



May 7 – Rich Miano, UH Football Analyst for Spectrum Sports, joins Bobby Curran to discuss the Rainbow Warriors’ Spring Practice and improvement of Calvin Turner Jr. and Chevan Cordeiro.



May 6 – University of Hawaii Football Head Coach Todd Graham joins Bobby Curran to recap Spring Practice and some of the players he sees that can lead the team to a winning season in the fall.



May 6 – University of Hawaii Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach joins Bobby Curran to discuss their newest recruits and the transfer portal.



April 30 – Former University of Hawai’i Football head coach June Jones discusses how the production of the draft has changed over the years, the instantaneous and life changing money for these first round picks, who he liked as Quarterback in this year’s class and talks about one of his former UH players that went from receiver, to defensive back, back to receiver.



April 22 – The Sports Animals chat with University of Hawai’i Men’s Volleyball assistant coach Josh Walker about the ‘Skywalker’ name, and why the current ranking system looks so weird.



April 21 – Honolulu Star-Advertiser Sports Editor Curtis Murayama joins Bobby Curran for a quick preview of the 2021 NFL Draft. Don’t miss their annual Draft Show next Thursday, April 29th.



April 21 – University of Hawaii Women’s Golf assistant coach Scott Simpson joined Bobby Curran prior to tee off on the third day of the Big West Conference Championship at Yorba Linda Country Club in California.



April 20 – UH Men’s Volleyball head coach Charlie Wade joins Josh Pacheco and takes comments and questions as we approach the start of the Big West Conference Tournament. Presented by Pacxa.



April 15 – University of Hawaii Football head coach Todd Graham answered questions from the media following their practice on Thursday. Barring any additional disruptions, Spring Practice is scheduled to conclude on April 29th.



April 14 – University of Hawaii Men’s Basketball head coach Eran Ganot joins The Sports Animals to recap Signing Day and tells us about the newest Rainbow Warriors.



April 14 – Mark Milton, beverage marketer, speaks with the Sports Animals about some interesting wine analysis(?) and what its like being known as Mckenzie Milton’s dad.



April 14 – Mike Trapasso goes on the Bobby Curran Show to speak about winning 3 out of 4 on the road, and how that can still be disappointing as a coach and as a team.



April 13 – ESPN’s Neil Everett joins The Sports Animals to talk about the pandemic, fans returning to games, and smooth skin?



April 13 – Brent Beaird joins Bobby Curran to talk college football and the upcoming rule changes on transfer portals and the “Saban” rule for recruiting.



University of Hawai’i Beach Volleyball head coach Anjelica Ljunqvist joins Bobby Curran to discuss their last couple of matches as well as her times before coaching for UH.



University of Hawai’i Men’s Tennis head coach Joël Kusnierz chats with Bobby Curran about his time as a player in college, as well as the recent performance of his team.



April 9 – University of Hawai’i Women’s Golf head coach Stephen Bidne joins Bobby Curran to talk about their latest competition and Hana Mirnik’s record-setting performance at the Cowgirl Classic.



March 31 – UH Softball head coach Bob Coolen joined the Sports Animals and gives his opinion on the news of the Supreme Court listening to the case about amateurism in the NCAA. Plus, the team and their great weekend at CSUN.



March 30 – University of Hawai’i Football head coach Todd Graham answers questions from the media following Tuesday’s Spring practice.



March 27 – University of Hawaii Football head coach Todd Graham joins the Sports Animals to talk about Spring Practice as it just gets underway in Mānoa.



March 26 – University of Hawaii Men’s Volleyball head coach Charlie Wade shares the excitement level of the program to finally have a home match this season, stresses how important conference play is this season more-so than ever, discusses how the team fights off complacency and gives us a preview with a second set of matches against No. 12 UC San Diego.



March 26 – University of Hawaii Wahine Water Polo head coach “Mo” Cole talks about how she kept her team engaged after this weekend’s series with UC Irvine was cancelled and how active she was in looking to schedule the Anteaters for later on in the season.



March 26 – ESPN Honolulu UH Football analyst John Veneri joins Bobby Curran to discuss the 2021 schedule for UH, the impact of Calvin Turner Jr. coming back and the growth of QB1, Chevan Cordeiro.



March 25 – University of Hawai’i Football head coach Todd Graham answered questions from the media following their first spring practice Thursday.



March 25 – Josh Houtz from the Phinsider joins Bobby Curran to talk Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins.



March 23 – Former Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor joins the Sports Animals to talk about the players that Steelers have lost in the off-season due to free agency, if he was shocked that Juju stayed in Pittsburgh for less money than he likely could’ve gotten elsewhere, what they need to do in the Draft to move forward, and more.



March 23 – ESPN radio college basketball analyst Bob Valvano joins the Sports Animals to talk about the Tournament, the surprises, and who might be going forward this coming weekend.



March 23 – University of Hawai’i Men’s Basketball assistant coach Chris Gerlufsen discusses the never ending growth of the transfer portal. He said as of this morning, the portal has over 800 Division I players.



March 19 – University of Hawai’i Men’s Basketball assistant coach Jabari Trotter joins Bobby Curran to discuss the recent string of players entering the transfer portal.



March 18 – ESPN college basketball analyst and all-time college basketball great Bill Walton joins the Sports Animals to talk about the tournament, who the favorites are, who he wants to see winning, and a whole lot more.



March 17 – University of Hawai’i Men’s Volleyball head coach Charlie Wade joins Bobby Curran to talk about the team’s series sweeps on the road and preparing for next week’s BWC opener vs. UC San Diego.



March 17 – Former UH Basketball assistant coach and current assistant coach at Oregon State Marlon Stewart joins The Sports Animals to talk about the ‘Big Dance’ and the Beavers in the NCAA Tournament bubble.



March 16 – Broadcaster for ESPN and Pac12 Networks Roxy Bernstein joins the Sports Animals to talk about the NCAA Basketball Tournament and some potential teams that may not be dancing long.



March 15 – ESPN college basketball analyst Richie Schueler talks the upcoming March Madness following Selection Sunday, and who he thinks will be an upset for brackets across the nation.



Mar. 12 – University of Hawaii Football head coach Todd Graham joins Josh Pacheco to talk about the team and the advancement to spring ball with the coaching changes.



Mar. 12 – University of Hawai’i Women’s Basketball head coach Laura Beeman and senior Amy Atwell answered questions from the media following their 52-64 loss to UC Davis in the Big West Conference Tournament semifinals.



Mar. 11 – University of Hawai’i Athletics Director David Matlin fills us in about their current plans to improve T.C. Ching Athletics Complex up to Division I football standards.



Mar. 11 – Rainbow Wahine Softball head coach Bob Coolen reviews his squad’s matchup against Washington last week, and how they can improve this season.



Mar. 5 – University of Hawaii first baseman Alex Baeza joins Tiff Wells on this week’s episode! Baeza, a redshirt junior out of West Jordan, Utah, started 15 games for UH in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. The previous year, Baeza started 48 games and hit .248 with 27 RBIs, 30 runs scored and 7 doubles. He was also second on the team in home runs (4).



Mar. 2 – The Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu joins the sports animals to discuss local sports, when that could be returning, and some interesting developments in golf as well as the potential in TopGolf in Hawaii.



March 1 – University of Hawai’i Men’s Basketball head coach Eran Ganot answers a lot of questions from fans about their regular season up to this point and looking ahead to UC Davis and the Big West Tournament.



Mar. 1 – Spectrum Sports’ Kawika Hallums joins The Sports Animals to talk about the big sweep of Long Beach for the UH Men’s basketball team.



Feb. 26 – Rainbow Wahine Basketball takes the spotlight on this week’s episode! Olivia Davies is a redshirt freshman guard who is averaging 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds a game for the Rainbow Wahine, while Kelsie Imai is a true freshman out of Waiakea High School.



Feb. 25 – UH Men’s Volleyball head coach Charlie Wade joins Josh Pacheco for a post game interview to talk about the game and the season overall after starting off 4-0 for the season.



Feb. 23 – University of Hawaii Swimming and Diving head coach Elliot Ptasnik joins Bobby Curran to recap the Rainbow Wahine winning their 5th consecutive MPSF Championship over the weekend.



Feb. 23 – Big wave rider Billy Kemper joins the podcast to reflect on his harrowing recovery from the career-threatening injuries he suffered from a wipeout off the coast of Morocco last February. His incredible journey back from the brink is the subject of a 6-part documentary series entitled, “Billy”. Prior to that conversation, Kanoa and Jordan get into the topics of another crazy overtime game for the UH basketball team, a victorious season debut for the Hawaii men’s volleyball squad, UH football says “aloha” to offensive coordinator GJ Kinne, and their reaction to the Carson Wentz trade. Plus, as always, the guys close the show with their “Best and Worst”.
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Feb. 20 – The winningest player in the history of the Hawaii men’s basketball team, Mike Thomas, reminisces about his five-year career in Manoa spanning three head coaches, an NCAA investigation and NCAA Tournament run. Thomas breaks down how Gib Arnold, Benjy Taylor and Eran Ganot found success through different methods. He’s left hoops behind — at least as a player — and is focusing his energies in athletic training, player development and music. Meanwhile, the bank is open for Biwali Bayles as the ‘Bows withdraw a one-point W at Cal State Northridge.
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Feb. 17 – As the Men’s volleyball season approaches, UH assistant coach Josh Walker joins Dave and Tiff to talk about the upcoming season.



Feb. 17 – Sports Agent, former NBA assistant coach, and Hawaii’s own Jarinn Akana joins Dave and Tiff to talk about the statements that Draymond Green made the other day about the power/influence of NBA players. Akana also talks about his interest in getting into the NFL market.



Feb. 15 – University of Hawai’i Men’s Basketball head coach Eran Ganot discusses the Rainbow Warriors’ 6-game home stand and going back on the road this weekend. Plus, coach answers a bunch of questions from fans.



Feb. 12 – Former UH football standout linebacker and 10-year CFL veteran Solomon Elimimian joins Artie Wilson and talks of his travels from Nigeria to Los Angeles to Hawai`i and then to Canada. The recently retired linebacker shares his love for his alma mater and coaches that helped him. The President of the CFL Players Association discusses what he plans to do now that his playing days are over and is surprised with congratulatory remarks from two of his former UH coaches.



Feb. 12 – University of Hawaii softball utility player Angelique “Cheeks” Ramos and outfielder Bree Soma join host Tiff Wells for this week’s episode. The two seniors are expected to lead the Rainbow Wahine this season (the schedule has yet to be announced).



Feb. 12 – The “Daddest Man on the Planet” and UFC Great Daniel “DC” Cormier talks with Josh Pacheco about local boy Maki Pitolo and other fighters to watch for in UFC 258.



Feb. 12 – Artie continues your Aloha #HDayFriday sports discussion with a lot of talk on this weekend’s UH men’s basketball series at home versus UC Santa Barbara
Joining Artie today is former UH football standout linebacker and 10-year CFL veteran Solomon Elimimian. He talks of his travels from Nigeria to Los Angeles to Hawai`i and then to Canada. The recently retired linebacker shares his love for his alma mater and coaches that helped him. The President of the CFL Players Association discusses what he plans to do now that his playing days are over and is surprised with congratulatory remarks from two of his former UH coaches.



Feb. 8 – UH Men’s Basketball head coach Eran Ganot joins Bobby Curran for an hour special of Call the Coach, where he answers texts, calls, and Facebook comments about the team, this season, and the future with recruiting.



Feb. 8 – HPU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Reid Takatsuka joins Josh Pacheco to talks about his team’s winning 30-game win streak from last season to now.



Feb. 5 – Former UH football head coach June Jones tells Artie Wilson why he’s picking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win on Sunday, how much fun it would be to coach Patrick Mahomes and shares his thoughts on UH football’s decision to play home games on campus for the next couple of seasons.



Feb. 5 – In this week’s episode, we spotlight University of Hawai’i Golf with Monica Johnson, a highly decorated freshman from Sydney, Australia and Kotaro Murata, a sophomore from Matsuyama, Japan who is coming off a superb freshman season.



Feb. 5 – On Point with Artie Wilson



Feb. 4 – University of Hawaii Football head coach Todd Graham joined Bobby Curran to talk about his batch of new recruits after National Signing Day and the players he’s looking forward to coaching in the future.



Jan. 30 – Campbell High School’s star wide receiver Titus Mokiao-Atimalala gives a heartfelt speech before officially announcing his commitment to the University of Central Florida. Mokiao-Atimalala will join fellow Hawai’i products Dillon Gabriel (QB) and Lokahi Pauole (OL).