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McMackin Wants to Continue Warriors' Momentum

Greg McMackin Greg McMackin
Laupepa Letuli Laupepa Letuli

By Jason Tang

MANOA (KHNL) -- The University of Hawaii names Greg McMackin as their new head football coach.

Coach Mac has some big shoes to fill. With the June Jones era ending at Manoa where will coach Mac take the Warriors next?

"Number one, I want to thank June Jones, said McMackin.  "There will never be another June Jones. He is responsible for this, possibly what I can be is the glue that can hold it together so that we can continue on."

And continue on the warriors will. Coming off an undefeated regular season and a berth into the sugar bowl, coach mack wants to keep the momentum going.

"We're right at the point where we can be a big time football program because people follow us around now, people know our guys, people are excited about our style."

Warrior football is known for it's scoring ability, but coach mack is known for his defensive ingenuity. However, don't worry about hawai'i losing their offensive identity.

"We're not going to change our style, Ron Lee knows the Run and Shoot as good as anyone. We're going to keep what June has built. There's no reason to fix something that isn't broken."

The hiring of mcmackin as head coach has calmed what sometimes seemed like a chaotic situation, and the players couldn't be more excited with their new leader.

"I could tell when he first came in as a defense coordinator, he just got in depth with the team, and even if they're not on defense, he just gets involved with everybody and I think that's great aspect to our team," said Laupepa Letuli, Warrior Defensive Lineman. "And how he treats us, so I'm looking forward to the new year we're going to have."

And coach mack hopes fans will feel the same way.

"We've got the greatest fans in the world and we have to keep them and we have to grow. We have to continue to grow."

UH also announced the season ticket prices will remain the same.

First task for the new coach, finalize his coaching staff and get right into recruiting for this coming year.

He didn't want to announce a staff just yet, but it looks like Cal and Ron Lee, Rich Miano and George Lumpkin will be staying with the program.

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