HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Shortly after David Matlin was hired as the University of Hawaii at Manoa athletics director back in 2015, one of the first people to call him was Dick Tomey.
From sharing breakfast in town to talk about Hawaii football to random phone calls during the work week, Matlin was saddened to hear the passing of Tomey, 80, who lost his battle with lung cancer late Friday night.
“He was a kind warrior,” said Matlin earlier this morning upon hearing of Tomey’s death. “He’ll tell you what he believes and what he thinks, but he does it just to help you.”
Tomey’s legacy as a coach for the Rainbow Warrior football team speaks for itself. But the impact he made on others, particularly Matlin, will be what is remembered the most.
“During football season, I’d get text from him every week. Boy he loved the people of Hawaii and this program. That never left him. He made an indelible mark wherever he went. He used to say football is easy - people are the difficult thing. And he knew that people were the most important thing and that was a real difference maker.”