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As UH’s new football coach, Timmy Chang will be making less than his predecessor

University of Hawaii Athletics director David Matlin revealed new details on his negotiations with June Jones and Timmy Chang.
Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 5:43 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2022 at 8:20 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New UH head football coach Timmy Chang will have a base salary of about $500,000 in the first year of his contract, the university’s athletics director said Tuesday.

Chang’s salary will increase to about $700,000 from year three and beyond.

The former UH quarterback was signed to a four-year deal with the University of Hawaii and got a fifth-year option if the team makes it to a bowl game in his first or second season

While Chang will be among the highest paid state employees, he’ll make far less than his predecessor Todd Graham — who pulled in about $800,000 a year.

Chang can reach that figure if he secures a number of incentives and bonuses in his contract.

University of Hawaii Athletics Director David Matlin told reporters Tuesday that he went to Chang after negotiations with former coach June Jones broke off without a deal.

“Once it broke off, then I went immediately to (Timmy Chang).” Matlin said.

“The timeline I don’t remember, but within an hour, maybe we started because, you know, like I said, the whole thing was about getting a coach on board for our student athletes and so we can move forward.”

Matlin said Chang was originally part of his succession plan proposed to Jones during negotiations. The idea: Chang would be on Jones’ staff and would become head coach after three years.

But when a deal with Jones fell apart, Chang was announced as the new head coach in Manoa.

Chang called the process “exciting,” and said he’s ecstatic to be coaching the Rainbow Warriors.

Talks between UH and Chang began before the drama unfolded with Jones. Chang went through multiple interviews, and detailed his public run-in with the law back in 2009.

After the vetting process, Matlin felt they were ready to move forward.

“I think Timmy’s a perfect fit to help with that healing, so I’m excited to learn from him and to work with him with it,” Matlin said. “I mean he’s engaged in it, he’s aware of the situation.”

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