There are about 125 scholarship athletes
at HPU, not including club teams. Curious how or why they got
According to the HPU Athletic Office, each Sea Warrior team
starts with an NCAA quota of scholarship players, the number
by such concerns as gender equity, sports revenue production,
and other factors. For HPU, according to HPU Athletic Director
and Head Basketball Coach Russell Dung, the NCAA quotas are:
Men’s basketball: 10, Women’s volleyball: 8, Men’s
baseball: 9, Women’s softball: 7.2, Men’s tennis:
4.5, Women’s tennis: 6, Men’s cross country: 5, Women’s
cross country: 6.
Due to Hawai‘i’s geographic isolation, when it
comes to actually recruiting athletes, HPU depends on a number
Coast scouting services for information on potential players.
We can’t always travel to meet all of the athletes we’re
interested in,” said Dung. “So when we pinpoint
a certain athlete, we will try to visit three or four in the
Dung says his staff will usually contact the current coach
of the prospective recruit to tell them what the program
about. The easiest part is selling athletes on the idea of
living in Hawai‘i. The weather, beaches, and overall
atmosphere are uniquely attractive to young athletes.
Traveling expenses, however, limit the number of possible
recruits that HPU can actually bring to the islands. The
afford to offer an athlete a scholarship if there is a chance
he or she will arrive in Hawai‘i, become disenchanted,
and decide to leave. So, the Athletic department must be absolutely
sure that the athlete is intent on becoming a Sea Warrior.
We usually get the more adventurous students to agree to come
out here; a lot of Europeans aren’t afraid of the commitment,” said
Dung. “Kids from Europe seem to be more into traveling
when they’re young. Europe has a larger number of tall
Besides the services, one of the best recruiting tools
are ex-players, said Dung. They have been in the program
have a good idea
of what kind of athlete the coaching staff is looking for.
Also, Dung knows many coaches and has many friends in junior
programs that are known for producing quality players.
After HPU lines up a class of recruits they must wait until
the designated NCAA signing period. If they are positive
understand the workings of the program and are comfortable
in Hawai‘i’s environment, then HPU will officially
offer the scholarship. The athletics department will send the
papers, have the prospective recruit sign their intent to attend
the school, and send it back. When the school receives it,
the athlete is locked as a Sea Warrior.
The main things we use to draw in athletes, basketball players
at least, is the television and radio exposure they’ll
receive, and of course Hawai‘i itself,” said Dung. “We
tell them, people dream about just visiting here everyday, imagine
it, you’ll live here.”