Coach Mack Ready For Challenges as Warriors Head Coach

Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin
Ralf Oide
Ralf Oide

WAIKIKI (KHNL) -- Feels like a Super Bowl.

That's what new Warrior head coach Greg McMackin said about Sunday's Parade of Champions. He knows he's got big shoes to fill, with big expectations. But he's ready for the challenge.

Grand Marshall at the Parade of Champions -- McMackin is enjoying the perks of his new job.

"This doesn't happen anywhere in the country," said McMackin. "It just doesn't happen. We went to the Sugar Bowl, we had a great season, but this is a Super Bowl type atmosphere."

"It's one of those things -- everybody in Hawaii loved the team," said one fan.

Lots of aloha, after the school's first outright WAC championship, and berth in a BCS bowl.

The pressure is now on Mack to keep this momentum going.

"I don't take that lightly," he said. "I'm gonna work as hard as I can."

"Some of the fans have been with them through thick and thin, and you just have to hope everybody sticks with them," said one fan.

"Well for me, it'll be til the day I die," said Ralf Oide. "I've been going to football games since the old stadium days. I've had season tickets at the Aloha Stadium for as long as they've been open. This year kinda culminated everything that i was hoping would happen."

The only problem coming off the greatest season ever -- trying to do the same next season.

"We've gotta reach that level, and continue to stay at that top level in competition," said McMackin.

"I expect something pretty similar to that," said Oide.

"I'm hoping for the best, so we can have another parade" said one fan.

"I sure hope so," laughed McMackin.

Warriors busy with recruiting.

Coach Mack says Hawaii's 6-for-6 this weekend, getting six verbal commitments from recruits.

One of them -- Damien defensive tackle Haku Correia. He's the younger brother of former Warrior Laanui Correia.