Chow releases 2 defensive coaches

Chow releases 2 defensive coaches

MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After a 1-11 season, the University of Hawaii football team is making changes to its coaching staff.

Norm Chow announced Tuesday that defensive coaches Thom Kaumeyer and Tony Tuioti will not be returning for the 2014 season.

Kaumeyer spent the last two seasons as the Rainbow Warriors defensive coordinator. UH finished the 2013 season ranked 115th in the country allowing nearly 39 points per game. Kaumeyer joined the Rainbows in 2012 after serving as an assistant coach in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tuioti spent six seasons with the team, last year as the linebackers coach. He was the only holdover from former coach Greg McMackin's staff. Tuioti was a defensive tackle for the Warriors from 1996-1999.

"This is a cruel and difficult profession," said Chow in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. "Thom and Tony are friends of mine and good coaches and good men who worked extremely hard these last two years. I thank them and wish them well as we all move forward."

Both coaches were on one-year contracts and were informed this morning in one-on-one meetings with coach Chow that they would not be retained.

Chow said an immediate search will begin to fill the two spots and the vacant offensive coordinator position.

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