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New UH football coach Timmy Chang pledges to give embattled program ‘my all’

New UH football head coach Timmy Chang pledged to bring stability and excitement to the embattled program at a welcome event at the university Friday.
Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 11:08 AM HST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2022 at 5:18 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New UH football head coach Timmy Chang pledged to bring stability and excitement to the embattled program at a welcome event at the university Friday.

“If we stick together, we can accomplish anything,” Chang told attendees.

“We’re here to build a program that will sustain. We’re going to need the state, the fans, the local businesses to all be a part of this. I’m going to give you my all and let’s just see where the chips fall.”

Chang is the 25th head coach in the program’s history and steps into the role in the wake of a rapid departure of former coach Todd Graham, who was accused of creating a toxic environment.

Although Chang now returns in a completely different capacity, UH’s all-time leader in passing yards knows what quality Hawaii football looks like.

“I know how it feels when they’re (fans) throwing confetti, they’re banging on the seats, they’re rowdy, they’re loud,” Chang said. “It is tough to play here in Hawaii.”

As Chang gets started, he can rest assured he has the backing of Rainbow Warrior alumni.

“He’s one of us, “ said Michael Lafaele, who played at UH with Chang.

“He’s a former teammate, former player, former Warrior. It feels like home to us, so super excited to be here. We want to be a part of the process going forward, so we’re excited about it.”

Over the last several months, UH has seen nearly two dozen players either transfer or decommit.

Jonah Panoke decided to stay home and feels Chang has already made a positive impact.

“Super stoked,” said Panoke, who is a current Rainbow Warriors receiver.

“I always heard about coach Timmy Chang growing up, going to St. Louis, coming to Hawaii to do big things. So to have him as our coach helping us, I’m excited.”

But the big question is whether the optimism translates into victories as the Bows fans are desperate to once again see a consistent winner.

“It’s gonna have to be results oriented,” said UH radio play-by-play announcer Bobby Curran. “I think if this team is competitive, if it scores points, if it’s fun to watch, I think people are ready to come back.”

Chang will earn a base salary of about $500,000 a year with the opportunity for bonuses and incentives. The former UH quarterback signed a four-year deal with the university and has a fifth-year option.

New UH football head coach Timmy Chang pledged to bring stability and excitement to the embattled program at a welcome event at the university Friday.

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