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The Honolulu Quarterback Club recognizes outstanding atheletic acheivements.

2009 Adult Athlete-of-the-Year


Female – Amber Kaufman – University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 5th year senior – Volleyball and Track & Field – Amber smashed the UH high jump record with the nation’s second-best jump (6’-4”) at the WAC Outdoor Championships; was named co-Field Athlete of the Meet; placed third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (in high jump). She was the first UH athlete to medal in the event in 25 years. Amber was named All-American for both indoor and outdoor seasons; first UH athlete to win an NCAA Regional event with a jump of 6’-1.5”; won the WAC indoor championship and place sixth at the NCAA infoor Championships. She was named to the National and WAC all-academic team. Also, first team all-WAC in volleyball, and honorable mention all-American, she also led the WAC in hitting and was second in service aces and blocks.


Male – John Estes – University of Hawai’i at Manoa, senior – Football – John is a standout center for any football team. He established the NCAA record of 54 consecutive starts with the University of Hawaii football team. He was one of five players in UH history to be named first-team, all-WAC three times.



2009 JOHN ESTES, UHM football, center AMBER KAUFMAN, UHM Track & field, Volleyball
2008 BRYAN CLAY, Olympic gold medalist, Decathlon JAMIE HOUSTON, UHM Volleyball
2007 COLT BRENNAN, UHM football, quarterback Tyleen Tausaga, UH softball, first baseman

2008 Adult Athlete-of-the-Year


Female – Jamie Houston – University of Hawai’i at Manoa, – Volleyball – The UH volleyball all-American led the team to its13th straight WAC season title and its 8th straight WAC tournament title. She averaged a team-high 4.05 kills per set, adding 0.75 blocks and 1.78 digs per set. The UH senior was named WAC Player of the Year for the second-straight season, and WAC all-conference for the fourth time. She also became just the second player in UH history to end her career with more than 2,000 kills (2,061). She was named to the Under Armour Volleyball magazine all-American team.



Male – Brian Clay – Olympic Gold Medalist, Decathlon – Earned gold in the decathlon at Beijing Olympics, and with it the title of “world’s greatest athlete”. Clay finished the 10-discipline competition with 8,791 points, just 100 off dan O’Brien’s American record and a whopping 240 ahead of the Beijing silver medalist, the most one-sided decathlon triumph since the 1972 Munich Games. Clay joins the likes of Bruce Jenner and Jim Thorpe as Olympic champion in an event that an American has won 12 times in 22 Olympics, but only twice since 1976. Clay hopes to defend his title at the 2012 Olympics in London.


2007 Adult Athlete-of-the-Year


Female - Tyleen Tausaga - UH Softball - senior slugger and first base, one of the most prolific hitters in UH softball history; hit .402 for the season (.495 on-base percentage, thanks to 30 walks), 52 runs-batted-in on 74 hits, 15 of them homers. She also had a .991 fielding average in 63 games. She finished her career ranked in the top five in several all-time offensive categories, including hitting (.356), hits (239), doubles (40), home runs (33), and is UH’s all-time leader in runs batted in (139). Her prowess at the plate, especially in clutch situations caused many teams to pitch around her, or to walk her intentionally, and often it backfired (Baylor walked her twice, then decided to pitch to her the third time - she was 1-for-1 with a homer). The Kaimuki grad was named WAC Player of the Year, and was an all-conference selection for the fourth straight year. She also was named a third-team NFCA/Louisville Slugger all-American, and a second team Easton all-American.



Male - Colt Brennan - UH Quarterback - entered 2007 season on a mission to go undefeated and earn a BCS trip. Broke the major college career record for touchdown passes, throwing five against 17th ranked Boise State. The record-breaking pass came in the first quarter, a 6-yard TD out-pass to Ryan Grice-Mullen to surpass the mark set by former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer in 1991. With the pass, Brennan also broke Detmer’s record for most touchdowns responsible for with 136. With the defeat of the Washington Huskies a week later, Hawai’i finished 12-0 in regular season play, the only Division I school in the nation to do so. They were ranked 10th by AP, and received a bid to 2007 BCS Sugar Bowl against 5th ranked Georgia. Brennan finished the season with 4,343 yards passing, completing 359 passes, 38 for touchdowns. He was named WAC Offensive Player of the Year, an SI all-American, and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. Ends his UH career with 31 NCAA records, including career total offense per game (387.9) and career completions percentage (70.4).


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