The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced today that June Jones and Dick Tomey have been selected as head coaches for the inaugural Polynesian Bowl. Their assistants will include some of the top high school coaches in the State of Hawai’i.
Coach Jones will serve as head coach for TEAM MARIOTA. His college head coaching career record is 121-94 (Hawai’i, SMU), 7-2 in Bowl games and is the winningest head football coach in Hawai’i history. In 2007, he led Hawai’i to a 12–1 season that earned the team a Sugar Bowl appearance. He has been recognized as National Coach of the Year by both CNN/Sports Illustrated and the Sporting News. Coach Jones is the inaugural recipient of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Founders Award.
“The people of Polynesia are an important part of my life,” said June Jones. “The opportunity to coach the top players of Polynesian heritage and others is a genuine honor.”
Coach Tomey will serve as head coach for TEAM STANLEY. His college head coaching career record is 183-145-7 (Hawai’i, Arizona, San Jose State), 5-3 in Bowl games and is the winningest coach in Arizona history. He has been recognized as both the Western Athletic Conference and PAC-10 Coach of the Year. Coach Tomey is also a recipient of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Founders Award (2016).
“The Polynesian Bowl will be an amazing celebration of culture and football,” said Dick Tomey. In addition to working with great players, we also have the privilege to coach with some of the best in Hawai’i.”
Hawai’i high school head coaches Kale Ane (Punahou), Darren Hernandez (Kapolei) Abu Ma’afala (Kamehameha) and Vavae Tata (Kahuku) will serve as assistant coaches. Former Utah Utes head coach Ron McBride will serve as assistant head coach for Team Stanley.
“Coaches Jones and Tomey are two of Polynesia’s greatest friends,” said Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Chairman and Co-Founder Jesse Sapolu. “We’re honored to have these highly successful coaches lead our Polynesian Bowl teams.”
The Polynesian Bowl is a premier high school all-star game that will feature 84 of the world’s elite senior football players of Polynesian heritage and other ancestries. The game will be Saturday, January 21, 2017, 6:00 pm HST at Aloha Stadium in O’ahu, Hawai’i as part of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 (except Hawai’i). Tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster.
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