Chad Konishi’s Rainbow baseball tenure over

Chad Konishi

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Top University of Hawai’i Baseball assistant and pitching coach Chad Konishi will not be back with the program next season.

Konishi, hired in 2002, had spent 12 seasons as the ‘Bows mound manager, encompassing Trapasso’s entire tenure at the University.

Coach Trapasso told KHON2 Sports this afternoon “We really appreciate everything Chad has done, and wish him nothing but success. We’re just moving in a different direction as a staff, to focus more on offense.”

Moving forward, Trapasso will take over the pitching staff, while former Rainbow hitting coach Rusty McNamara will become an assistant under a yet-to-be-named replacement.

In 2013, the ‘Bows posted a 4.50 combined ERA and hit just .239 as a team. Trapasso has said mid-July is the target to make a hitting coach hire.

Konishi, a Punahou and Cal-Berkley grad, had coached 12 All-Conference pitchers and 19 Major League Baseball draft picks at UH.

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