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Former UH quarterback Timmy Chang becomes next football coach for Rainbow Warriors

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Published: Jan. 22, 2022 at 4:19 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2022 at 6:02 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former quarterback Timmy Chang will be the next University of Hawaii head football coach.

This comes just a day after June Jones declined an offer for the position.

The former Saint Louis standout was signed to a 4-year contract with a fifth year option if the team wins a Bowl game in either is first or second season.

Chang will be returning to his alma mater to coach the Rainbow Warriors, where as a player he still holds the school record for career passing yards and total offense. He also holds the record for the most interceptions in NCAA history.

“I’m back, i’m home and in my heart I never left.” Timmy Chang said in his introductory press conference. “The highest purpose in our profession is to be the head coach so this is beyond incredible for me and my family.”

Along with these accolades, he is also a St. Louis High School alumnus and is from Waipahu.

He previously worked as a graduate assistant for Southern Methodist University from 2012 to 2013, an offensive coordinator for Jackson State University from 2014 to 2015 and most recently as a tight-end and wide-receiver coach for Nevada.

Now back in the islands, Chang is looking to resurrect the ‘Bows with a style of offense that helped pioneer over 20 years ago.

“The staff will be in place.” Chang said. “The run and shoot will be a part of who we are and it’s always been a part of who I was.”

The new head coach now inherits a team in disarray, after the unceremonious exit of former head coach Todd Graham and the recent dispute between UH and his former head coach June Jones, but according to Chang, the best way to heal is to win.

“There needs to be some healing, but there also needs to be an understanding about where the direction is going and what we need to do.” Chang said. “So the best thing we can do is put a product on the field that’s going to win.”

News spread fast of Chang’s hire, bringing in a head coach that has ties to the islands, exciting the fan base and local high school coaches.

“As far as the local ties, obviously its a big plus and he’s recruited in Hawaii for years.” Mililani High School head football coach Rod York said. “The guy is never down, he’s always happy.”

“Some guys got it and Timmy’s a guy that’s got it.”

During Chang’s introductory press conference, he brought up fond memories of his playing days and hopes to bring back that fan support to his new team.

“I’m getting chicken skin just talking about it.” Chang said. “I mean when that place is rocking, when the fans are behind you, its unbeatable.”

The first time head coach has a lot of work to do in not a lot of time as National letter of intent signing day is set for February 2nd.

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