HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawai'i head football coach Nick Rolovich officially filled the opening on the Rainbow Warriors' coaching staff on Monday, announcing the addition of Mayur Chaudhari to fill the role of special teams coordinator, while also coaching tight ends.
"We are happy to welcome Mayur into the family," Rolovich said. "Who he is as a person will fit in perfectly with the kind of culture we are trying to create. His well-rounded coaching experience will bring further knowledge to the young men in our program and his work ethic will inspire them to be better on a daily basis."
Chaudhari, the son in law of former University of Hawai'i head coach Dick Tomey, comes to Manoa after two seasons as an assistant coach Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he oversaw the special teams and secondary for the Bears.
In 2015, L-R topped the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) and ranked fourth in the nation in net punting under Chaudhari's guidance, the unit led by all-SAC punter Michael DeStephens, who improved his average by 3.5 yards after his sophomore season working with Chaudhari. The Bears special teams also received a nod to all-SAC kick returner Kristaan Ivory, who led the conference with a 25.9 average and ranked fourth in the nation. Also in 2015, cornerback Ivan Milliken provided the Bears with four blocks on special teams; three punts and a field goal.
Also under Chaudhari's charge, rookie cornerback Kyle Dugger was named the SAC Defensive Freshman of the Year after intercepting four passes and breaking up six more, also blocking two kicks and returning a punt for a touchdown, as well as a blocked field goal for a score. Another L-R corner, Cliff Barrett drew national attention on a highlight-reel interception, earning No. 1 on that week's ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 Plays. Safety Chris Shaffer also was named for first-team all-SAC honors and picked up CoSIDA Academic All-America second-team accolades after recording 157 takedowns and six picks.
In 2014, L-R finished 11-1, claiming a No. 1 playoff seed at the end of the regular season, taking their only loss in the NCAA Playoffs, winning the conference title and finishing No. 8 in the nation. Under Chaudhari in 2014, both free safety Marcus Kincaid and placekicker Justin Powell earned all-SAC accolades, Powell also earning an all-region and All-American pick as well after making 11-of-13 field goal attempts and 54-of-57 extra points.
Chaudhari arrive at L-R after spending one season (2013) as Army West Point's safeties coach, serving as an assistant under former University of Hawai'i defensive coordinator Rich Ellerson. He was also the United States Military Academy's head junior varsity coach during his stint in West Point, fulfilling roles as the defensive and special teams coordinator. One of Chaudhari's Black Knights safeties, Thomas Holloway, earned second-team Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, leading the team in tackles despite missing four games.
Chaudhari also coached at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School as the special teams coordinator, as well as working with the secondary, linebackers and wide receivers for two seasons (2011-12). In addition, Chaudhari was the school's head track and field coach.
Chaudhari also had stints at Virginia Military Institute (2010) as safeties and nickels coach and San Jose State (2008-09) as a graduate assistant with roles as special teams, safeties and linebackers coach, where he worked under coach Dick Tomey. At SJSU, Chaudhari mentored current Washington Redskins safety Duke Ihenacho to first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2009.
While in recent years, he has coached on the eastern seaboard, Chaudhari's roots are on the west coast, holding numerous tenures in California, including one season at his alma mater, UC Davis (2007), as linebackers coach, following a year at Stanford (2006) as a defensive intern aiding the secondary coaches and Menlo College (2005), where he worked with the team's running backs, served as video coordinator and assisted in recruiting.
He began his collegiate coaching career at UC Davis in 1998 as video coordinator and an offensive assistant. Following his initial season, his role expanded and assisted with running backs and tight ends, while continuing to serve as video coordinator. In addition to his football workload, he also competed for UC Davis Men's Lacrosse.
Building up greater special teams experience, during the summer of 2015 he participated in a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Atlanta Falcons.
Chaudhari is married to the former Leigh Kincaid, who is the daughter of former University of Hawai'i head coach Dick Tomey (1977-86). A San Jose native, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in English with a history minor from UC Davis in 2002.
The Chaudhari File
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Alma Mater: UC Davis (B.S., 2002)
Family: Wife, Leigh
2014-15: Lenoir-Rhyne, Assistant (Special Teams Coordinator, Secondary)
2013: Army West Point, Assistant (Safeties, Junior Varsity Head Coach)
2011-12: U.S. Military Academy Prep School (Secondary, Wide Receivers, Special Teams)
2009-10: Virginia Military Institute [VMI] (Safeties/Nickels)
2009: San Jose State (Special Teams, Safeties)
2008: San Jose State (Special Teams, Assistant Linebackers)
2007: UC Davis (Linebackers)
2006: Stanford, Intern (Secondary)
2005: Menlo College (Running Backs, Video Coordinator)
2001: UC Davis (assistant tight ends, Video Coordinator)
2000: UC Davis (assistant running backs, Video Coordinator)
1998-99: UC Davis (Video Coordinator, Offensive Assistant)