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Meet the new UH football coaches

Greg McMackin Greg McMackin
Keith Amemiya Keith Amemiya
Alema Teo Alema Teo

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - We're one week into spring football practices at the University of Hawaii, and with dozens of new faces, there's a couple who really stand out. But instead of numbers, these guys have whistles.

Special teams and secondary coach Chris Tormey, and offensive line coach Gordy Shaw both begin their first year on coach McMackin's staff. So far everybody is pleased with what they've seen, and feel it's only going to get better.

"I think they're great teachers, both of them are outstanding, that's why they've been so successful, they've really upgraded our staff," said McMackin.

"I see a lot of great effort, and they're really picking up the changes we've made protection wise and as you can see we're giving out quarterbacks a much cleaner pocket to work in and throw the ball down the field with," said Shaw.

"We're (the secondary) really inexperienced right now, but the good news is we go against one of the best offenses in the country in terms of throwing the football and we know if we can play well against our offense, we can play well against anybody," said Tormey.

Coach Shaw said the hardest thing for him so far is pronouncing his players names, though he adds, he's coming along.

As for Coach Tormey, he said since he's recruited here in the islands, he has a better grasp on the pronunciation.

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