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UH coach Chow will not retain boyhood friend Cal Lee

By Stephen Tsai

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LAST UPDATED: 01:38 p.m. HST, Dec 30, 2011


EL PASO, TEXAS >> Cal Lee, the Hawaii football team's assistant head coach, has been told he will not be retained after his contract expires March 31, 2012.

This month, Lee completed his ninth season on the Warriors' coaching staff after one of the most successful coaching careers in Hawaii high school history.

"It's awful," UH head coach Norm Chow said of his decision not to retain Lee. "We grew up together."

As a Punahou School senior, Chow worked for Lee's mother in the cafeteria. "It's very hard, but it's a business," Chow said.

Lee's departure leaves three members from the 2011 coaching staff — offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich, defensive line coach Tony Tuioti and director of personnel George Lumpkin. Chow will have telephone interviews with those three next week.

At UH, Lee has coached the linebackers and defensive ends.

In 21years as Saint Louis School's head coach, Lee was 241-32-5, winning 14 Oahu Prep Bowl titles and the inaugural state football championship.

Chow also confirmed that two Utah administrative assistants, Lewis Powell and Philip Rauscher, will be joining UH as full-time assistant coaches. Both said their first day at UH is Tuesday.

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