Jim Donovan Starts First Day as Athletics Director

Jim Donovan
Jim Donovan

MANOA (KHNL) -- It's spring break for students at the University of Hawaii.

But there's no time to rest for at least one person on campus.

Newly named Athletics Director Jim Donovan moved into his office Monday, and with him brought a fresh start to the department.

A new era for University of Hawaii athletics, and it all begins with one man. Jim Donovan.

"What we do affects the whole state of Hawaii, so we need to do a good job, so that's the pressure doing a good job for everybody."

Monday is Donovan's first official day on the job since being named the athletics director at Manoa. But for him, the work began right after his introductory press conference.

"I spent about 60 hours last week trying to get familiar with a lot of the issues the Athletic Department is facing, so trying to get up to speed so we can start to move quickly."

One of the biggest obstacles staring at Donovan is the budget, and the department's debt is larger than he first anticipated.

"It seems to be between four and six million dollars. The Sugar Bowl funds will be a nice shot in the arm, the reality is it didn't get here overnight and it won't be fixed overnight."

Aside from the financial issues, Donovan's also focusing on making things better for the 19 teams he oversees, and the thousands of fans who support them.

"I believe you need to get out there and see what's going on and experience thing just as regular customers experience them, so you can make them better."

And whether things get better or not, it all lies on his shoulders.

"The buck stops here."

Donovan says his first task will be to talk to all the coaches and try find what they need to help them be successful.