HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Given that the day's stated purpose was to help educate Hawaii's female football fans about the college game, Rainbow Warrior head coach Nick Rolovich couldn't have been too surprised when one of them asked a seemingly obvious question.
"We're talking about who calls the plays on offense, who calls the plays on defense," said Rolovich, with a chuckle. "A woman raises her hand and says, 'Well, what do you do, then?'"
With the start of training camp just two days away, there's plenty of work for Rolovich to do with the Warriors that doesn't involve play-calling. Saturday night, however, was about coaching the fans... Specifically, the Rainbow Warrior's female fans.
Rolovich and various members of the coaching staff held a Hawaii Football Ladies Clinic for roughly 70 fans on Saturday, hosting the group for a pair of classroom sessions before heading out onto the field at the T.C. Ching Athletic Complex to participate in drills not unlike those you'd find at a typical practice.
They're gonna have more knowledge than their husbands," said Rolovich. "They know some signals, some playcalls, so the guys better watch out in Aloha Stadium. They're gonna know what's going on."
The clinic began with a presentation on domestic violence by the Domestic Violence Action Center, a Hawaii-based nonprofit that received a $1,500 donation from the Rainbow Warrior football team as part of the afternoon's proceedings.
As he has in the past, like when the Rainbow Warriors hosted kids for a 'Pokemon Go' search on campus, Rolovich says he plans to go where the fans are.
"We're appreciative of every fan we've got," said Rolovich. "Gender, color, age, doesn't matter. And I think it's just a good way to have a comfortable situation where a bunch of ladies get together and help each other, ask questions. Good job by our coaches for their presentations, and good job by the ladies for carrying on a really good conversation about football."
The 'Bows open training camp on Monday morning in Manoa.