HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii has named Nick Rolovich as head football coach.
Rolovich, one of five finalists for the job, is currently the offensive coordinator for the Nevada Wolf Pack football team.
As a former Warrior, Rolovich started out as the third-string quarterback in 2001. After first-string Timmy Chang broke his wrist and second-string Jared Flint performed poorly, Rolovich got the starting position. By the end of the season, he had set 19 school records, finished fourth in the country in total offense, 10th in passing efficiency and led UH to victory over then-undefeated BYU.
"I'm pleased to welcome back Nick Rolovich to the UH ohana," said UH Athletic Director David Matlin.
"Nick is a Warrior at heart and someone I know our fans will support. He understands what it means to be a Warrior having played and coached here and what affect a winning program has with this community. I have no doubt we picked the right man for this job. The future is bright for Hawaii football."
Rolovich, meanwhile, said he "can't wait to get started."
"Being raised a Warrior, there is a great sense of excitement and responsibility about bringing back a winning tradition to Hawaii football," Rolovich said. "I'm honored to be selected to run this program, which has made me into the man I am today."
This is not Rolovich's first time on the coaching staff for UH. He was the offensive coordinator under Greg McMackin from 2010-2011.
The news comes less than a month after UH fired head football coach Norm Chow, after an abysmal season. Chow was fired Nov. 1, and UH said it would act quickly to find a replacement.