HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rich Miano confirmed with Hawaii News Now that he has accepted an offer to become the next head coach of the Kaiser high varsity football team.
As a prep-athlete, Miano led the Cougars to a prep title in 1979. He spent the better part of the past 13-years as an assistant coach for the University of Hawaii, but was not retained when Norm Chow was hired as head coach of the Warriors.
Miano says he used his exodus from Manoa as an opportunity to spend some much needed time with his family, but says he felt it was time to continue the career that he loves.
"I'm very excited," said Miano. "I've coached for a long time but the opportunity to coach for my alma mater, to go back there, is just a dream come true."
From 1981-1985, Miano was a standout defensive back for the University of Hawaii. The Kaiser grad was selected in the 6th round of the 1985 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he spent the better part of his 10-year NFL career. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons.
Miano is currently conducting a football camp in Hana, Maui, but says he will begin to meet with potential staff members when he returns to Oahu on Monday.