SPOKANE, WA (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than a decade and a half after suiting up as a quarterback for Eastern Washington, former Radford High School head coach Fred Salanoa is returning to EWU as the school's offensive coordinator.
"I'm just grateful for all the people that laid the foundation before me, and I'm able to go out there and represent the state of Hawaii, and represent Radford High School, and the things that I learned there, and the people that has come before me," said Salanoa. "Just grateful for the opportunity to finally go and get my feet wet in the college rankings and hopefully do good things."
Salanoa, who will also coach the school's tight ends, most recently served as an associate head coach for Punahou in 2016. Before joining the Buffanblu coaching staff, he spent 13 seasons coaching at Radford High School, where he led the Rams to a Division II state title in 2015.
Salanoa also has some collegiate experience, having worked at University of Hawaii football camps between 2003 and 2007, working alongside June Jones and wide receivers coach Ron Lee.
His position at Eastern Washington will be Salanoa's first coaching job at the college level.
"Not too many people get this opportunity to kind of bypass everyone in the rankings of college coaching and just jump to the offensive coordinator position," said Salanoa. "So, [I'm] just overwhelmed, just grateful as well for the opportunity to even be mentioned in a conversation for that certain platform."
Salanoa served as the Eagles quarterback during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. After playing 24 games at Eastern Washington, he finished his career with 4,973 career passing yards.