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Move to Hawaii an exciting undertaking for new, old Rainbow Warrior coaches

Kevin Lempa returns to U.H. as defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa returns to U.H. as defensive coordinator
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

For new University of Hawaii linebackers coach Sean Duggan, who arrived in Manoa this week after spending last season as a graduate assistant with Boston College, getting used to the lack of snow in Hawaii won't present any sort of a challenge. 

Getting acclimated to Hawaii Standard Time might.

"It's a little bit of a culture shock," Duggan told reporters on Friday. "I gotta get used to the time difference still. I'm still waking up at 4:00 in the morning."

Duggan and defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa, who previously served in the same capacity at U.H. between 2000 and 2002, both arrived in Hawaii this week after being hired by head coach Nick Rolovich on New Year's Eve, though the pair did so under decidedly different circumstances. 

For Duggan, it's the first full-time coaching job of his college career. He played for and then coached under Lempa at Boston College, recording 115 tackles in 45 career games for the Eagles before helping them rank fourth in the NCAA this season in points allowed (15.3).

Lempa, meanwhile, is a regular to Hawaii. His daughter continued to live here after he departed for the East Coast, which meant repeated trips back to the islands after leaving the Warrior football program, though he still speaks fondly of the teams and players he coached while in Manoa.

"When I was here last time, our players were always tough," Lempa said. "And they always played hard. And they were always relentless. And I expect it to be that way now."

Being back in Hawaii, Lempa says, is a 'tremendous' feeling.

"When I woke up this morning and left my hotel, you could just smell the air, and it reminded me of my years here," Lempa said. "I was really excited to come back."

New receivers coach Kefense Hynson says he relied on the character of Coach Rolovich, not a sense of familiarity with the islands, to help guide him to his new home in Hawaii. 

"He was real concerned about how I was gonna get my family here, if I had a plan to do that, what they thought about [the job], and that impressed me," Hynson said. "Because there's a lot of people in this profession where that's really a second thought. He's not one of those guys, so that sold me on him."

The coaching staff, now largely complete with the hires of Lempa, Duggan and Hynson, now plans on turning its focus toward recruiting before opening spring practices on March 28, 2016.

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