LAS VEGAS >> Head coach Norm Chow vowed to field an improved University of Hawaii football team this season.
"We’re going to be better," said Chow, who spoke on Wednesday at the Mountain West Conference’s Football Media Days. "We have to be better. We’re finally at a point where we have some leadership, some veteran players."
The Warriors were 4-20 in Chow’s first two seasons as UH head coach, including 1-11 in 2013.
"I’ve said it many times before: We’re disappointed about last year, but not embarrassed, because our guys played hard," Chow said. "Our mantra all offseason is to be able to finish."
Chow said the only pressure he feels is self-generated.
"I’ve been around too long to worry about pressure from other people," said Chow, who is in his 45th season of coaching. "No one puts more pressure on themselves than the coach himself. I feel the same way now. Every year is a challenge. I can’t worry about the outside stuff."
Defensive end Beau Yap, who is representing the Warriors at this event, supported Chow.
"He’s not the one playing, we are," Yap said. "He takes a lot of criticism. He said he’d rather take than give it to us. Chow and his staff put together the game plan. It’s a good one. We’re the ones who have to execute it. In the end, it’s all on us."
UH running back Joey Iosefa said: "I think he’s a great coach. He cares about the players. If we need anything, he gets it done."
UH starts training camp on Aug. 4. The season-opener is on Aug. 30 against Washington.