MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's official. The University of Hawaii introduced Norm Chow Thursday afternoon as the 22nd head coach for the Warrior football team.
UH athletic director Jim Donovan made the opening remarks at the press conference, which was held at the Stan Sheriff Center.
"Obviously Norm is one of the best offensive minds in the country and we are thrilled that he's able to come home to lead our football program," Donovan said. "This is special not only for the university but for him. His wide-open offense and name recognition will only help us in recruiting the top talent to our university and football program."
UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw also took to the podium, where she tipped her hat and welcomed Chow on board.
"UH Manoa looks forward to Coach Norm Chow's success in building on both the academic and athletic excellence of our football team, as well as ensuring strong connections between the university and the community," Hinshaw said. "His experience, expertise and passion, along with his love of Hawaii, will serve him well in this position. I welcome him to our Manoa ohana."
Chow, 65, said he's excited to be in Hawaii, to meet the team and to put a staff together.
The Palolo native said he'll focus on graduating players, teaching core values and life lessons, winning games, and chasing championships.
Chow also said he wants to put together a product that will make Hawaii proud, while preparing players for the NFL.
Before taking questions from the media, the 65 year old got slightly emotional saying, "Thank you for allowing me to come home."
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