HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii head football coach Todd Graham has announced that assistant coaches Jacob Yoro and Abraham Elimimian have been retained as parts of his inaugural coaching staff.
Yoro, who has coached both safeties and outside linebackers at UH, just completed his third year with the Rainbow Warriors.
“I’m elated to hire Coach Yoro as part of our defensive staff,” Graham said. “Very impressed with his values and philosophy. He has high character and standards that we stand for. He will be a great fit for the future of our football program.”
In his three seasons with the 'Bows, Yoro mentored safety Trayvon Henderson, who has spent the past two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, and former Mililani Trojan Kaimana Padello, a second-team all-Mountain West defensive end who led the Warriors in sacks the past two seasons.
Prior to joining UH in 2017, he spent two seasons coaching the defensive backs at Cal Poly (2015-16) and five seasons at Pacific University (2010-14), where he assumed the roles of defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
Elimimian, a former Hawaii cornerback, has coached the defensive backs since Norm Chow’s tenure.
“He is a great fit for our staff because of his love for our players, our program, and of the University of Hawaii,” coach Todd Graham said.
Before his coaching career at Hawaii began, Elimimian served as a graduate assistant at SMU and Washington State.