HONOLULU — University of Hawaii Athletics Director David Matlin announced a two-year extension for head football coach Nick Rolovich, running through the 2022 season.
“It’s truly an honor to coach at my alma mater, it’s a privilege that many coaches aren’t able to do,” Rolovich said. “I’m thankful to David Matlin and the University of Hawaii administration who gave me my first head coaching opportunity and now to extend my time here. I realize Rainbow Warrior football means a lot to the university community and the state of Hawaii and my staff, student-athletes, and I will continue to work hard to maintain a successful program.”
Rolovich’s initial contract expires following the 2020 season. If UH qualifies for a bowl game under Rolovich in either the 2019 or 2020 seasons, another year will be tacked on to the extension, running through 2023.
“We’re very appreciative of what Nick and his staff has accomplished in his first three seasons,” Matlin said. “Nick has elevated our football program with two bowl appearances and this season with the most wins since 2010. He is a great representative of our university and his ‘Live Aloha, Play Warrior’ slogan has resonated throughout the community.”
In three seasons, Rolovich has compiled an 18-22 record with a pair of runner-up finishes in the West Division of the Mountain West. In his inaugural season of 2016, he inherited a 10-loss squad picked to finish at the bottom of the MW and led them to seven wins and a Hawaii Bowl victory over Middle Tennessee. This season, UH was again among the nation’s top turnaround teams with eight wins and its second trip to the Hawaii Bowl.