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Chow fires 2 assistant coaches

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 02:23 p.m. HST, Dec 10, 2013

University of Hawaii head football coach Norm Chow announced that defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer and linebacker coach Tony Tuioti will not be retained for the 2014 football season.

Both coaches were on one-year contracts and were notified this morning in one-on-one meetings.

Kaumeyer who joined UH in January 2012 after serving as an assistant coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was UH's highest-paid assistant, earning an estimated $250,000 annually.

He had come under fire after UH's defense allowed more than 100 points in its final two games of 2013. The Rainbow Warriors ended this season with a 1-11 record.

Tuioti was a defensive tackle for the Warriors through the 1999 season. He returned to UH as a recruiting coordinator under former head coach Greg McMackin in 2008. Two years later, he was named defensive line coach.

He was the only assistant coach to be retained by Chow after McMackin was forced to retire in 2011.

Chow made Tuioti linebacker coach in 2012.

Chow has three years left on a 5-year contract that pays a base salary of $550,000 annually.

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Hodad wrote:
Stuck with Chow. Sorry, sorry state of affairs at UH.
on December 10,2013 | 12:22PM
frontman wrote:
So close......................... but that only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. The only ifs are over whelming. A bowl season was at hand and was only missed by a few bad breaks. The biggest problem going forward is that UH is right where it as this year, NO QUARTERBACK with any experience. Could be another very long season.
on December 10,2013 | 01:19PM
OldDiver wrote:
So who is going to be the scapegoat for one of the worse offenses in college football today?
on December 10,2013 | 01:30PM
niimi wrote:
Not sure your statement is very accurate. #62 in yds/g. #72 in pts/g. That's out of 122 teams. Average in yards, slightly below average in scoring. The pro-set offense is very effective with a strong running game, even one by committee. Very effective off play-action, it is balanced on the field, has the ability to control the clock, and flexible enough to move the ball quickly. Even teams such as Boise State pre-Kellen Moore ran this offense and formation very effectively. Norm Chow came late in recruiting season, and his offense uses a FB and TE, and Hawaii had NEITHER on its roster. Chow really has one true recruiting season on his watch. In the last 9 games we averaged over 30 points per game. We had strong time of possession. We moved the ball. Schroeder was an effective passer, and had a good 2:1 TD to INT ratio this season, and he played his strongest game against Fresno State, SJSU, UNLV, CSU, Navy, Wyoming, Army. Certainly strong enough games where he kept up with some good QBs including David Fales of SJSU and Derek Car of Fresno. The fact is we gave up way too many points on 5 occasions. 5 of Hawaii's losses were by 7 points or less.
on December 10,2013 | 10:55PM
kong2985 wrote:
Think pressure from possible A D Jay and Board of Regents forced Chow Fun to fire his DC, otherwise Chun Fun would not have waited so long. Maybe next year, UH will have a better win/loss record.
on December 10,2013 | 03:04PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Yup, and who is going to apply for the vacant positions when it's fairly obvious that Chow is not going to be around much longer?
on December 10,2013 | 03:14PM
false wrote:
Dick Tomey or Freddy vonAppen?
on December 10,2013 | 04:22PM
Bumby wrote:
The problem was how the hiring of Chow was made. How not the rehiring of coaches who wanted to stay. Bringing in people on the cheap and looking for yes men. He is a controller and next year will be 3 and 9 at the best. Listening to the man speak it is obvious that at 67 he is stuck in his ways.
on December 10,2013 | 07:16PM
inverse wrote:
Same thing could be said about Shoji.
on December 11,2013 | 01:05AM
Warrior32 wrote:
Chow needs to be fired - he is responsible for his assistants. Tony is a good warrior
on December 10,2013 | 12:25PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Here's why that won't happen:

Chow has three years left on 5-year contract that pays a base salary of $550,000 annually.

UH is in no position to let $1.6M walk out the door with nothing to show for it. Suck though they might, the football team will be coached by Norm for at least two more years.

on December 10,2013 | 12:30PM
Anonymous wrote:
those who wrote and approved the contract should be fired and forfeit their salaries...
on December 10,2013 | 01:25PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Ah.. the same folks that dodged responsibility for the Wonder blunder - General Counsel Ledio and CFO Toda. These people are political appointees put there by senior Hawaii democratic party leaders to get their "high 3" before retirement. Greenwood fired Donovan against democratic party wishes and look what happened to her, Senate hearings. They're more or less untouchable as long as the Democratic party runs this state.
on December 10,2013 | 03:34PM
Nevadan wrote:
No. Donovan was fired because it was his department that lost the $200,000. Greenwood had to resign, because she made incompetent decisions.
on December 10,2013 | 04:45PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Absolutely! Giving a new coach a 5-year contract was the most stupidest thing to do. At least a 3 year contract would have been the most logical thing to do. Until a coach is able to prove himself and show signs of improvement, then an extension of the contract should be negotiated. Certainly, who ever approved the contract should be held accountable for acting in haste and without foreseeing the future of the program. No one deserves this type of contract until positive results are accomplished. And by the way, there is an opening for a football head coaching position at Kailua high school. Wonder if Chow would be interested.
on December 10,2013 | 03:40PM
Nevadan wrote:
Again, the UH administration demonstrates its incompetence.
on December 10,2013 | 04:47PM
maafifloos wrote:
No chance of Chow resigning now. Was hoping he would do the honorable thing. He is a dismal failure, not the assistants. UH can't afford to fire him. From here on in he is only in it for the money.
on December 10,2013 | 01:28PM
mitt_grund wrote:
This was his "honorable" way out. Fire the two most obvious "culprits". Failed to say the ultimate apology - "It was my selection of these people, so the buck stops here." That kind of courage went out with President Harry S. Truman. It is apparent that Norm Chow is no Harry S. Truman.
on December 10,2013 | 02:45PM
Nevadan wrote:
Firing assistants is common in football.
on December 10,2013 | 04:50PM
inverse wrote:
Not at USC that fired their head coach and NOT the assistant coaches. Made all the difference in the world as the same team with the same players started to immediately win big games after sacking Killen.
on December 11,2013 | 01:10AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
It wouldn't be the first time they paid someone off to leave. You'd think they would learn from their mistakes and put an out into every contract but not at UH where waste runs rampant and the level of corruption among management is almost unbelievable.
on December 10,2013 | 03:26PM
MKN wrote:
Well no surprise about Kaumeyer, but Tuioti getting canned was a little surprising. Now UH as 3 coaching spots open instead of just one.
on December 10,2013 | 12:30PM
MKN wrote:
meant to say UH has 3 coaching spots open...
on December 10,2013 | 12:41PM
boshio wrote:
These guys operate like there are loads of quality DCs available that would want to come here and soon get fired. Not good for their resume.
on December 10,2013 | 12:59PM
popaa wrote:
Opponents scoring too much because no can shoulder tackle. No count when you tackle after the receiver catch the pass.
on December 10,2013 | 03:56PM
Anonymous wrote:
wah wah wah
on December 10,2013 | 12:31PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I support his decision. The defensive coordinator failed and the linebackers just didn't do it. Good move early. Go Rainbow Warriors!
on December 10,2013 | 12:44PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
He should have resigned and taken his entire staff with him so the next coach could start with a clean slate. That would have been best for UH and the taxpayers of this state. He has his own best interests in mind, not UH. It's too bad, I had hoped he would leave honorably without trying to rip off the taxpayers anymore than he already has. 600K for 2 years now and team performance is the worst in the country.
on December 10,2013 | 03:43PM
Bdpapa wrote:
No that wouldn't have Been the best for UH . The offense is productive and they are really only a little away from getting this straight.
on December 10,2013 | 06:55PM
Oahuan wrote:
So who's held accountable for the dismal season UH had in 2013? Obviously BJ is ok with Chow's 1-11 record. Chow has no shame. He should fire himself if BJ doesn't have the eggs to do it himself.
on December 10,2013 | 12:47PM
boshio wrote:
The BOR is responsible.
on December 10,2013 | 01:01PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Corruption and poor performance starts at the top.
on December 10,2013 | 03:44PM
alfhawaii wrote:
Tuioti should have been coachin D Line, not LB. What does he know about LB.
on December 10,2013 | 12:52PM
boshio wrote:
Or is he the scape goat. Hope he is able to find a position on the mainland to continue coaching. Good luck Tuioti.
on December 10,2013 | 01:05PM
RKC808 wrote:
I wonder if RIch Miano will be considered to replace Kaumeyer as DC. That is IF Miano is interested.
on December 10,2013 | 12:55PM
I think that is a good thought, and to add, getting Miano back on staff would make an easy replacement for Chow should his final 2 years be like the 1st two years.
on December 10,2013 | 12:59PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Please don't make me throw up!!
on December 10,2013 | 04:40PM
inverse wrote:
Miano was basically fired (same as let go) by Chow once. Miano is not that foolish to work for chow fun. Also when UH struggles next year, garans chow fun will blame Miano. ANY decent established coach in Hawaii or the mainland would NOT accept a position under chow fun.
on December 10,2013 | 02:00PM
Rok888 wrote:
Chow did not fire Miano...omg..the people posting here are so ignorant...almost every post lack facts...All assistant coaches are on a 1-year contract...So, these assistant coaches basically did not get re-hired...lets stick with the facts people...
on December 10,2013 | 05:10PM
inverse wrote:
I clearly stated, like Tuioti and Kaumeyer not getting their job renewed is the SAME thing as getting fired. Same thing with coach Price who was let go early in the season YET was paid for the whole year and the S A does Chow's bidding by bad mouthing Price saying he was irresponsible for not showing up for team meeting he scheduled and then saying they paid him off but did not want to litigate. Chow is toxic to decent coaches and appears to many players as well as reflected by his 3-9 and 1-11 records.
on December 11,2013 | 01:19AM
HOSSANA wrote:
Please don't make me throw up!!!
on December 10,2013 | 04:40PM
DocG wrote:
Let's see ....Norm is 4 - 20 over two seasons, now has no OC, no DC, and no LB coach. Can someone please explain to me just what yardstick is being used, and by whom, to determine that Norm's program is making progress ?
on December 10,2013 | 01:02PM
popaa wrote:
Yardstick is the bank balance.
on December 10,2013 | 03:58PM
frontman wrote:
So close......................... but that only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. The only ifs are over whelming. A bowl season was at hand and was only missed by a few bad breaks. The biggest problem going forward is that UH is right where it as this year, NO QUARTERBACK with any experience. Could be another very long season.
on December 10,2013 | 01:18PM
hon2255 wrote:
This is what was expected ,dissmissal of some assistants the big news we are waiting for is the resignation of Chow and or Firing of Chow!!
on December 10,2013 | 01:46PM
NITRO08 wrote:
Do you have the money to fire him?
on December 10,2013 | 01:53PM
foodbear wrote:
I find it interesting that every single article always ends with...oh, and by the way, we pay Norm Chow 550,000 a year. Get off it already. Let's get behind Coach Chow and see what we do to improve in the future. Support goes a long way.
on December 10,2013 | 01:47PM
Archie wrote:
Coach Chow has a lot of support. Where else can a coach rack up a 1 and 11 season (following a 3 and 9 season) and still have a job? Also, $550K goes a long way.
on December 10,2013 | 02:50PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Hey when you pay someone 600K in taxpayer money, I expect results and adequate job performance. I don't think we're getting either after 2 years. How many years would you like to wait? Don't tell me, 3 more years right?
on December 10,2013 | 03:47PM
hon2255 wrote:
Chow can't pick suitable and qualified assistant coaches , at this point what's the sense , just get rid of Chow, he is the Captain of all this mess.!!
on December 10,2013 | 01:48PM
blunite wrote:
'Grats to Chow for making the hard decision to replace his friend (Kaumeyer). Chow is going in the right direction, albeit a little slow in reaction. Had he done so in August he would have 5 wins this past season. Now he should go, on bended knee, and ask Dick Tomey to return, and make him Defensive Coordinator. Tomey was a DC at UCLA and Head Coach at Arizona and San Jose State. He knows defenses and he created his own at Arizona, The Desert Swarm Defense. Using that suffocating defense Arizona went 12-1, 4th in both national polls, and the Rose Bowl. Tomey currently resides in the state of Hawaii.
on December 10,2013 | 02:43PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Tommy would be a excellent defensive coordinator.
on December 10,2013 | 06:57PM
Anonymous wrote:
Tommy who?
on December 10,2013 | 09:05PM
CriticalReader wrote:
The question is, "are they still going to be paid even though they're not going to be on staff?" That is a question that seems ridiculous, but what is even more ridiculous is how many people UH seems to pay for not working for it. And, Coach Chow and Director Jay made it a legit question with the handling of Price. Remember? First we heard he was gone. Then, a few days later, we learned he was still going to be paid.
on December 10,2013 | 03:02PM
kailua000 wrote:
a contract is a contract unless there is a clause specifically for non performance (which Chow doesnt have or he could be fired). Most coaches have a 1 year contract to they will be paid till their year is up, which is I think March for Tuioti, not sure about Kaumeyer
on December 10,2013 | 06:28PM
AhiPoke wrote:
UH is an underfunded athletic program with "fans" that expect miracles. Even junior colleges have better facilities than UH. Yes, we got lucky when June Jones took the job but even he left when he saw that winning consistantly on a shoestring budget was not going to happen.
on December 10,2013 | 03:02PM
ss029 wrote:
on December 10,2013 | 03:08PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yup, you nailed it.
on December 10,2013 | 06:58PM
Wazdat wrote:
its sad
on December 10,2013 | 08:03PM
Pacificsports wrote:
One thing Chow had going for him was that he appeared to be a Man of Principle. Firing the DC that he forced to use his worthless Cover 0 defensive scheme and hoping to make his friend the goat shows he doesn't have even that. He should have just fired the OC, himself.
on December 10,2013 | 03:04PM
OldDiver wrote:
Interesting, are you saying Chow was forcing a stupid defensive scheme to complement his stupid offensive scheme on Kaumeyer?
on December 10,2013 | 07:56PM
Pacificsports wrote:
Yup, documented fact, upon becoming head coach, besides making the ridiculous claim that his team would chase Championships, "When asked about his defensive philosophy, he said, "It will be a very aggressive style with a lot of man-to-man coverage (or Cover 0) . . . ' Dec. 22, 2011. That's why Kauf is just his scapegoat. He chose both the stupid offensive and defensive scheme. Part of the Associated Press report.
on December 10,2013 | 08:17PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
It's a good start, when is Ben Jay going to notify Chow that he will not be retained? Perhaps the do nothing, overpaid chancellor will notify Ben Jay he's not being retained either. UH= inept, corrupt and poorly performing management. And I mean ALL of them.
on December 10,2013 | 03:23PM
Nevadan wrote:
Get rid of Apple first.
on December 10,2013 | 05:01PM
ski3779 wrote:
Smart move by Chow, Kaumeyer's defense was like a VW being run over by an 18 wheeler, splat!!! Tuioti's linebackers ran around like they were looking for their heads all the time. Eventually, running into an opposing lineman who would pan cake them, not good at all. What Chow needs to bring in as the New DC, is someone with experience defensing, college offenses, not professional offenses. We also need someone like Al Noga, to coach the linebackers, an aggressive head hunter.
on December 10,2013 | 03:57PM
Bdpapa wrote:
All correct except Al Noga. Good player but no coaching experience.
on December 10,2013 | 06:59PM
ski3779 wrote:
I was using Al Noga as an example only, someone, with his tenacity.
on December 10,2013 | 08:11PM
halona wrote:
Chow hired both his offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator. Chow fired his offensive coordinator at the start of the season, and his defensive coordinator at the end of the season. Makes you wonder who the real problem is ...
on December 10,2013 | 04:24PM
lokela wrote:
Scapegoats or not. We will see what becomes of 2014. Chow is now under pressure to produce. If the win/loss column looks the same then I vote that he should go. Unfortunately we stuck with him for 3 more years. UH cannot afford to pay him off for the remaining 3 years.
on December 10,2013 | 04:34PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Please check the offensive stats before making idiotic generalizations!!!!
on December 10,2013 | 04:37PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Please check your stats before making generalizations.
on December 10,2013 | 04:37PM
alohachef wrote:
To bad UH doesn't have the money to hire proven Offensive and Defensive Coordinators. These guys worked with or were on the same coaching staffs with Chow. They could bring back respectability to the program not to mention recruit heavily in the Utah area. Especially the Polynesian players. Who are these coaches? Coach Robert Anae, the OC at BYU, and Kalani Sitaki, the DC at Utah. They also have ties to Hawaii with families from Laie.
on December 10,2013 | 04:50PM
Kapaho wrote:
Give DIck Tome a chance to be defensive coordinator. I know he's getting there as far as age is concerned but he knows how to coach at the college level and I'm sure he won't ask for too much in pay. Also, hire Miano as the linebackers coach. They also need better special teams coach. I'm willing to give Chow one more year but if the team starts losing the first 3-4 games, then he should be fired.
on December 10,2013 | 05:22PM
buds4life wrote:
Coach Norm did the second best thing because the best thing was never going to happen this year. I'm far from being a Chow fan but maybe these turn of events will change the fortunes of the BowWarriors.
on December 10,2013 | 05:42PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
I don't know about this, Chow. Should we look in the mirror first? Although I must say, we did score on offense but could never stop anyone. Hmmmm.
on December 10,2013 | 05:54PM
Pacificsports wrote:
MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD! Legislature Isaac Choy apparently very unhappy about the state of UH Athletics and its shortfall. Hearing being held on the 20th. Obviously, one solution to declining ticket sales and revenue is to FIRE Chow and hire a new coach. Rep Choy can be reached at: repchoy@capitol.hawaii.gov
on December 10,2013 | 06:00PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Tell chow to stick it in his ear. There are more pressing issue in the State other than UH football.
on December 10,2013 | 07:01PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Choy not Chow
on December 10,2013 | 07:03PM
Pacificsports wrote:
The State Representative's name is Choy, not Chow. He represents Manoa District. Don't confuse the two. And it does affect the people since guess who has to make up the $1,25 million shortfall this year and the $3 million shortfall over the next 3 remaining years of Coach Chow's contract, US, the taxpayers.
on December 10,2013 | 08:11PM
PTF wrote:
He didn't read carefully.
on December 10,2013 | 10:03PM
kailua000 wrote:
the only way we can get rid of chow is to have the downtown japanese businessmen who twisted arms, threatened to pull their support of UH and pushed so hard to have him hired, pay for the buyout of his contract.
on December 10,2013 | 06:30PM
entrkn wrote:
Rich Miano
on December 10,2013 | 08:18PM
Eradication wrote:
Same ole sorry folks constantly regurgitating the same ole sorry hate. Hope they put in their applications to fill the vacancies since they know so much more than everybody else. C'mon folks time to step up. S**t or get off the pot.
on December 10,2013 | 09:38PM
inverse wrote:
forget protest, BOY COTT
on December 11,2013 | 01:33AM
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