By Brian McInnis
After weeks of rumors and speculation about his status with Hawaii, former Loyola Marymount and Fresno State assistant Senque Carey became a Rainbow Warriors assistant coach on Tuesday.
Carey did not have direct experience as a coach with any member of the UH staff, but had mutual contacts through his eight years on the coaching circuit. That, and his recruiting reputation, earned him the spot vacated by Scott Fisher earlier this summer.
"Looking forward to working with the staff and the administration," Carey said.
In a 10-minute conversation, his confidence in his recruiting abilities was a recurring theme. He spoke about grooming Paul George and Greg Smith at Fresno State into NBA players.
And "Coach Q" spoke about there being no good reason why he couldn't do that at Hawaii, too.
"You have those mentalities that you’re in Hawaii and you only can recruit certain types of players? Times have changed. We’re going out there and competing and try to get the best players in the country," he said.
Carey takes over as recruiting coordinator for the 'Bows, and will oversee the team's point guards. Those duties previously were in the purview of Benjy Taylor and Brandyn Akana, so it will be interesting to see how roles shift somewhat for the coming season.
Here's the statement Gib Arnold gave about the addition of Carey:
"Thrilled to have Senque Carey join our staff. He has a great reputation as a recruiter and his ability to develop point guards. I have known Senque a long time and even recruited him a bit back in the day. I have been impressed by his work as an Assistant Coach. He recruited Paul George and Greg Smith two NBA players to Fresno. He has a great work ethic and major recruiting ties around the country. He will be relentless in his recruiting and his dedication to the University of Hawaii. We are very fortunate to have him join our staff."
Carey is taking a long-winded recruiting road trip immediately, starting in Atlanta. From there he'll head to Dallas and Las Vegas.
It's no surprise that Carey is the hire; it was going to be a matter of when, and not if. Staff-wise, the only real questions left are if the NCAA will levy any kind of sanctions against Akana (for the violation that kicked off its investigation of UH) and if the team will fill its director of operations position by the start of the season.
Look for a full version of the Senque-to-UH story in Wednesday's edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.