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New athletics website provides more interaction for UH Fans

By Ashley Nonaka

The University of Hawai'i athletics department launched its new athletic website on Aug. 20th. The new site (hawaiiatheltics.com) enables Hawai’i fans to interact with the coaches and players through online videos.

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The updated look of the site is a product of the Internet Consulting Services (ICS) Company, who developed the 4th generation website, with the initial launch of the athletics website program designed by the Starrtech Company in 1995. The contract signed with the Syracuse, N.Y. Company was based on a three-year contract with the company scheduled to receive $3,500 annually.

Many individuals produced the new site, which took about six to eight months, although talks of constructing a newly designed website had been in the works for about a year.“We worked so long on it because we wanted to make sure that when we launched it, it was working properly and smoothly,” said John McNamara, associate athletics director of external affairs.

IT/ internet specialist Troy Yamamoto spearheaded the project, with help from media relations director Derek Inouchi, “I think that the video component is the focal point of this new website,” Yamamoto explained. “There are a lot of creative ideas that we have by being able to use the video component as well as integrating live stats.”

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Fans will also be able to see the featured athletes of the week every Monday. The idea of highlighting an athlete has to do with tying the departments Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, which is decided on by the members of the media relations department.

This year, for the first time, classified University of Hawai'i Mānoa students will be able to purchase tickets online with the help of the new website. “One of the biggest things is that we want to try and make our website an easy point of access for tickets, which is a big revenue generator, so we’re trying to merge together out etickethawaii.com website into the new hawaiiathletics.com website”, Yamamoto said.

They also hope to encourage fans to interact with players and coaches by asking them questions and having them respond to the fans questions by using the video component which has already been implemented by the new website. “We want fans to be able to ask questions through the website and have athletes, administrators and coaches do a video blog to answer their questions,” Yamamoto said.

Yamamoto said that the athletics department is in the process of enabling text messaging from the website, within the upcoming semester. This feature would allow UH fanatics to get the latest scores of their favorite UH teams sent straight to their cell phones.


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