Rolovich hired: former teammates and fans react

Rolovich hiring: fans and former teammates react

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - While all eyes were on the court as the University of Hawaii women's basketball team handed CSU Bakersfield their third loss of the season on Friday night, only one name seemed ringing throughout the Stan Sheriff Center, Nick Rolovich.

"Very happy very good selection he's a former quarterback, a former warrior that knows what's happening at UH and hopefully he can bring a lot of fans back to into the stadium," said Gene Salvio of Halawa after learning of the new hire just before tip-off.

Rolovich is currently in his 4th season as the offensive coordinator at Nevada, but he is very familiar with UH.  Rolovich was a record-setting quarterback with the Warriors in 2001 and then was part of Greg McMackin's coaching staff from 2008-2011, first as the quarterbacks coach and then as the offensive coordinator.

"Rolo's great. I didn't know him personally, but I followed his career, and I can see as a player he was able to lead the offense really well and I know he can do it as a coach too" said long time UH football fan, Darryl Chin.

Former teammates of Rolovich are also excited about the hire.

Matt Manuma, who suited up as a defensive back with the Rainbow Warriors during Rolovich's playing days at UH said, "I think that's a big win for the program he's young he's invigorating he should bring some new young energy into the athletic department and that'll be great for all the future recruits coming in."

Nate Ilaoa, who also played with Rolovich at UH, added that Rolovich's "great understanding of [football] mixed in with him being young will have him hungry to leave his mark here or leave this place in a good situation."