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Coach Mack Turns Red Raiders into Warriors

Shiloah Teo Shiloah Teo
Alema Tachibana Alema Tachibana
Reggie Torres Reggie Torres
Greg McMackin Greg McMackin

By Stephen Florino

KAHUKU (KHNL) --  Student athletes anxiously await this day.

In front of their family and friends, they sign their letters of intent -- officially committing to their college.

"I'm feeling good. It's a privilege going to college and not having my family to pay for it," said BYU recruit Shiloah Teo.

This is nothing new for the Red Raiders, perennial powers in the OIA and winners of multiple state titles.

But what is new -- the fact that several of them are choosing Hawaii.

"Really excited to play for the Warriors. Been my dream to play for them for a long time," said Alema Tachibana, a University of Hawaii recruit.

"They're really good people, and I just feel really comfortable around them and there's no place like home," said Paipai Falemalu, a University of Hawaii recruit.

In his nine years at Manoa, former coach June never took the journey to Oahu's north shore for recruiting.

New Coach Greg McMackin made it a priority.

"Mack coming here, is what sealed the deal with Alema and Pai. Prior to that, Alema was looking to go off island," said Red Raiders Head Coach Reggie Torres. "He was looking at Cal, Oregon State and Washington. And Alema was looking at Utah. Mack coming to their homes is what changed it."

"I seen a lot of big Pac 10 schools and everybody else, but I never seen UH on campus. So give props to Coach Mack for making an effort to come out to Kahuku to recruit some of our guys."

And you can expect Mack to be back to turn more Red Raiders into Warriors.

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