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Chow says he's honored to be Hawaii's next head football coach

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:26 p.m. HST, Dec 21, 2011

Norm Chow signed a five-year contract today worth an annual base salary of $550,000 to become the next head football coach for the University of Hawaii.

Chow could earn bonuses for bowl appearances, bowl victories, coaching honors, national rankings and nationally televised victories.

Chow is scheduled to appear at a press conference and reception Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center. The 65-year-old Punahou School alum from Palolo will be the 22nd head coach in university history and the first Asian-American head coach of a major program.

"I am extremely honored to receive the privilege of leading the University of Hawaii football program," Chow said in a news release. "It is very humbling. This is a program with great history and I feel excited and energized about creating a program that will make all off the people of Hawaii feel pride for the university and our state. I am looking forward to coming home to family and friends, and I am going to do my best to contribute to the rich history of Hawaii and its progress."

UH athletic director Jim Donovan echoed those sentiments, saying he was happy and proud to welcome Chow as the next head coach.

"Obviously Norm is one of the best offensive minds in the country and we are thrilled that he’s able to come home to lead our football program," Donovan said. "This is special not only for the university but for him. His wide-open offense and name recognition will only help us in recruiting the top talent to our university and football program.”

Chow replaced Greg McMackin, whose annual salary nearly doubled Chow's. Chow expressed interest in having enough money to attract a talented coaching staff.


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OB1NONO_ME wrote:
Just win baby!
on December 21,2011 | 06:26AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Ho, old buggah, yeah? Why wouldn't UH look for someone who can guide the program to the future. Get some young blood in there. Norm thinks a iPad is something to sit on so your 'elemu don't get sore. Norm been an assistant so long his social security number only get 5 digits. Oh well, at least he works cheap. And if he leaves we can always say "Chow Down, guys!"
on December 21,2011 | 04:12PM
ISCREAM wrote:
And when he wins it will be CHOW FUN!
on December 21,2011 | 05:22PM
64hoo wrote:
how about we call the UH players and coach chow the CHOW HOUNDS like they called the U ARMY soldiers back in WW11.
on December 21,2011 | 05:41PM
Jufelarca wrote:
on December 21,2011 | 05:45PM
jimbone wrote:
Chow should ask the other HC candidates if they would want to be a part of the rebuilding of the Hawaii football program, As a DC, OC and QB coach. And definitely ask O-line coach Cavanugh to return to help in rebuilding Hawaii's o-line woes. The line was the best when he was here. You never know till you ask.
on December 21,2011 | 06:31AM
onemorebeer wrote:
totally agree. it all starts with the O-line. you can have the best QB, RB, WR, and Slots but without a good o-line they will be nothing. if the o-line blocks like they've been doing the past couple years...you could sneak Drew Bress in the game and UH still would not win because he Drew would be running for his life.
on December 21,2011 | 07:35AM
bigtaiho wrote:
Never let them go except for the Lee's. Glad to see Miano and Tomey out of here.
on December 21,2011 | 12:00PM
frontman wrote:
No he shouldn't. Bring in people to coach designated positions. One head coah is enough without any of the also ran. Please NO clingons from fat mac's coaching staff.....start fresh and new.
on December 21,2011 | 12:44PM
RKC808 wrote:
He is a smart man. He knows how important it is to have good assistant coaches. Norm Chow is definitely starting off in the right direction. Now forget about the Utes and come home to start recruiting good talent.
on December 21,2011 | 06:42AM
islandsun wrote:
Hope so. Dont mind if he brings back Ron Lee for the receivers but he should go fresh the rest of the way.
on December 21,2011 | 02:52PM
aiea7 wrote:
don't believe that he should not continue to coach at utah; he must immediately focus his attention on UH and his new job. to do otherwise would be sending the wrong message, that he is not really serious. can't understand his comment on tv, that he would like to coach utah in the bowl game. he does not seem too smart with that comment. yet, some people called him intelligent - i don't support his selection, he appears to come home to retire and not serious about rebuilding the program. in 3 years he will 68 and 70 in 5 years and don't believe he wants to da a Joepa, working into his 80's.
on December 21,2011 | 07:09AM
BigOpu wrote:
Really? So you never gave a two week notice when accepting a new job? I give him more credit for not leaving his current employer high and dry in a critical time. If the Utes tell him to go, that's a whole different story. He hasn't even secured his coaching staff and you're worried about him missing one week of recruiting. Ink is barely dry and you already cutting the man down. Geeez. Support the local bruddah.
on December 21,2011 | 07:55AM
myleswc130 wrote:
Right on BigOpu!
on December 21,2011 | 05:17PM
Br_tus wrote:
Jeeez...He's showing he HONORS the commitments he made to Utah as O-coord ! THAT IS intelligent. That's one HELL of a strong message in todays college football world. He's not just gonna blow town like JJ did to UH after being exposed in the Sugar Bowl! He's coached all over the US almost all his adult life. Obviuosly he WANTS to coach till he dies. He's way behind the recruiting 8-ball thru no fault of his own, coming into the UH situation. He has a better chance of getting players for UH who are on the fence about where they want to go next year by the exposure he'll get on TV on the sidelines of the ESTABLISHED Sun Bowl. It's the best chance we have of getting players to come here next year.
on December 21,2011 | 07:57AM
NITRO08 wrote:
Did he sign his contract if so he is no longer working for Utah he needs to start work here.
on December 21,2011 | 02:23PM
jcole wrote:
So you know what the contract says? nodaddy got it right.
on December 21,2011 | 04:00PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I beg to differ. I think that his commitment to Utah shows that he will be committed to whomever hires him. That is unlike that coach, Brian Kelly, that left Cincinnati and is now the Notre Dame coach who left the team holding the bag right before the bowl game. Now that, my man, shows a lack of commitment.
on December 21,2011 | 08:32AM
Br_tus wrote:
on December 21,2011 | 10:26AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
That comment was not in reply to your comment if you notice the alignment of the comment. Further, my comment is pretty clear. If you do not understand, you need to take reading classes, Br_tus
on December 21,2011 | 03:34PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Obviously no one agrees with your assessment....
on December 21,2011 | 09:06AM
jankenpo wrote:
That's called respect and honor. Respecting and honoring the Utah coaches and players. If he leaves early, then it will be with their blessings.
on December 21,2011 | 09:08AM
chryw8 wrote:
it's called integrity. with respect to "not too smart with that comment", june laid down some pretty stupid comments in his time, like "first round draft pick" when talking about colt.
on December 21,2011 | 12:07PM
Eradication wrote:
Colt would have been if he had left UH in his junior year instead of staying and leading UH to the Sugar Bowl. By sticking around another year he left himself open to unfounded and baseless critique by the so-called experts. I still think Colt could be a top QB in the NFL. As I look around the league and see who teams have playing I know Colt would out perform many of them. Tebow can't throw a football to save his life yet look where he's at.
on December 21,2011 | 01:47PM
daddyboy wrote:
Colt was and is a LOSER. He does not have enough money to pay that doctor that he and his girlfriend almost killed in Kona. He is a punk.
on December 21,2011 | 02:18PM
RKC808 wrote:
If I remember correctly, his then girlfriend was driving. She is the cause of the accident. He was a passenger therefore not liable for any damages and injuries sustained in the accident.
on December 21,2011 | 07:02PM
bullturd wrote:
@aiea7: Give the guy a break! Uh....how old is Dick Tomey!!!
on December 21,2011 | 05:43PM
busthalfnut wrote:
How does his coaching the bowl game help our recruiting?
on December 21,2011 | 07:10AM
kailua000 wrote:
it doesnt. hes probably under contract to coach at the game.
on December 21,2011 | 07:50AM
PCWarrior wrote:
Shows his commitment to the kids he is with this season, that's how. A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins. At least until the end of the season...
on December 21,2011 | 07:54AM
gicnk wrote:
he is beginning in the right direction with what i view a priority for the assistant coaches' pay which will enable attracting talent and experience from the mainland.
on December 21,2011 | 07:38AM
frontman wrote:
PLEASE................no fat mac clingons. Bring in your own people and start fresh. Student coaches saved money but didn't win games. Fire them all as there are a lot of high schools that would love to have them.
on December 21,2011 | 07:55AM
Br_tus wrote:
on December 21,2011 | 10:28AM
NITRO08 wrote:
on December 21,2011 | 02:26PM
Eradication wrote:
Classless comment.
on December 21,2011 | 01:35PM
NITRO08 wrote:
Stop telling him who to hire, you are not the coach!
on December 21,2011 | 02:26PM
CartwrightPark wrote:
Warrior football will be relevent once again!
on December 21,2011 | 08:07AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I admire that this seasoned coach was willing to take about half of MakeNothing's salary. For him to want to put together a good coaching staff shows that he means business unlike that other coach.
on December 21,2011 | 08:29AM
Pookie_Baby wrote:
Stumps must be a happy camper right now.
on December 21,2011 | 08:30AM
connie wrote:
Anxious to see who Coach Chow brings with hin for his staff. I hope he keeps Tommy Heffernan as strength and conditioning coach.
on December 21,2011 | 08:40AM
onemorebeer wrote:
O-line is priority in my opinion. he should make his top priority bringing in the best O-line coach.
on December 21,2011 | 09:51AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
on December 21,2011 | 12:28PM
connie wrote:
Hope Coach Chow can bring Tim Davis with him. Tim Davis coaches O-line at Utah and coached with Coach Chow at USC. Another interesting coach on Utah's staff- Chad Kauha'aha'a D-line coach. A Baldwin HS (Maui) alum. Maybe Coach Chow can bring Coach Kauha'aha'a home.
on December 21,2011 | 12:39PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
I think Tommy is secure in his job. Tommy is a Kahuku boy.
on December 21,2011 | 11:03AM
808comp wrote:
. I may now once again be intrested in UH football. Hope he does not have JJ's attitude. I think he should stay with Utah until after the bowl game on Dec. 31.
on December 21,2011 | 09:54AM
chryw8 wrote:
hey, that's exactly how i feel about the program. june's arrogance and pathological narcissism won't be topped by norm.
on December 21,2011 | 12:13PM
frontman wrote:
Lets hope he DOESN'T have any part of JJ in him...........we'd have to lock down the womens vollyball team. One JJ was enough. .
on December 21,2011 | 12:41PM
Eradication wrote:
C'mon man, have something relevant to post. Another sleazy comment. You must be related to Alice.
on December 21,2011 | 01:37PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
You're incorrigible. I love you man.
on December 21,2011 | 01:49PM
cccsdon wrote:
It should be fun to see him open up against two of his former teams next year BYU and USC both on the road! GO WARRIORS!!
on December 21,2011 | 10:29AM
Descartes22 wrote:
only schnellenberger, spurrier, snyder and solich are older D-1 coaches. they're not first timer head coaches. they all have been at the helm for years and two have won national championships. chow got bought out by the titans and ucla and the offense in utah was one of the worst in the nation. But so be it if we're going the social security, local ties route again. it took too long to pick a coach after von mackin's resignation. chow needs to get on the recruiting trail for UH now and not play out the string in utah for another two weeks. it is standard protocol when an assistant coach secures a top job to pass the baton to the other assistants and get to work. this should especially be the case for chow because recruiting is not his strong suit. get the assistants on board now. recruit to our polynesian base. retain tony t. chow doesn't need a QB coach. let's hope there's not an understanding to keep lumpkin or miano - this generation's lumpkin.
on December 21,2011 | 10:42AM
ahi1pfb wrote:
Ok so you want to blame Chow for Vince Young not panning out in Tennessee or UCLA s poor performances. Look at the facts both coaches who blamed Chow for their teams poor performances have since been fired for not changing things around post Chow exit. As for the situation in Utah. They like Hawaii lost two top notch receivers from last years team, and also lost their starting QB for the season by the 4th game of the season. Do @ least a little research before condemnation of Chow. Here is a quote from the Utah Ute blogs about Chow." if we didn’t have Chow this season we would have been lucky to win 5 games. He turned a D2 QB who didn’t look like he could handle anything into a manageable starter' . Also many of the fans on that blog have nothing but praise for him, and wish him well on his new job.
on December 21,2011 | 01:02PM
readers wrote:
would mcmackin come back to be the def coordinator? no good?
on December 21,2011 | 11:52AM
bigtaiho wrote:
Sitake will be the DC.
on December 21,2011 | 12:02PM
connie wrote:
Sounds like Sitake is staying in Salt Lake City.
on December 21,2011 | 12:41PM
bigtaiho wrote:
Aloha oe Miano and Tomey.........................................................................................................................................................
on December 21,2011 | 12:01PM
kapoleidude1 wrote:
so far so good! Its great to hear that Chow is looking to take less money to give more money to quality assistants. We need assistants that can teach these guys good technique and game situations in order to execute the game plan. Im super excited for this new start, and cant wait to see who CHow will pick and how the recruits will react to the hiring. Go Warriors!
on December 21,2011 | 12:23PM
LizKauai wrote:
Take good care of the kids, Coach. Welcome Home!
on December 21,2011 | 12:35PM
Drgold wrote:
Best UH football news this season! McMackin vs UH. McMackin won- for 4 years. Now UH finally wins with Chow Time, at $575,000 too!
on December 21,2011 | 12:45PM
butinski wrote:
We've sure got our share of "arm chair quarterbacks" and "couch potato" advisers/experts. Sheesh! Let Norm Chow do his own selecting.
on December 21,2011 | 12:54PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Welcome home Coach!
on December 21,2011 | 01:28PM
Eradication wrote:
So many posters here are so much smarter than Norm Chow and how he should select his staff. I hope some of you have submitted your resume's. Don't forget to include your extensive history in coaching at the Division I level including the number of National Championships you've been a part of and also how many Heisman Trophy winners you have mentored. I'm sure he will be duly impressed. Welcome Home Coach Chow. Go Warriors!!!
on December 21,2011 | 01:30PM
bigpapa wrote:
Good one!
on December 21,2011 | 02:59PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
While I'm happy with the news of Coach Chow coming to Hawaii, there seems to be some disrespectful comments towards Coach Mac and his assistants. I think they tried their best. Some were ready and some need more seasoning but they did their best. Good luck to all going forward.
on December 21,2011 | 01:53PM
Eradication wrote:
Spot on comment. Go Warriors!!!
on December 21,2011 | 02:15PM
TB4 wrote:
I heard Tony Tuioti was an impressive up an coming coach, maybe should keep him.
on December 21,2011 | 02:03PM
Fredfredburger wrote:
You know, this should be very interesting. I think it all depends on who he hires on his staff.
on December 21,2011 | 02:11PM
atilter wrote:
NC made a commitment! it will be very interesting to see how supportive the hawaii "fair weather" fan "boo-birds" will be! already some of the whiners are making their "windy" noises. walaau. thank you - you "HALF-EMPTY-GLASSERS"! Coach Chow, welcome home! good luck! and best wishes in the implementation of your efforts to "right the ship" of D-1 football at UH-Manoa for the fans and the state!!! i'm commited to keeping my season tix as long as you're here!!! GO WARRIORS!
on December 21,2011 | 02:37PM
Manoa_Hawaiian wrote:
UH Manoa got it right in picking Norman Chow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on December 21,2011 | 02:43PM
Dtab wrote:
on December 21,2011 | 03:05PM
Vivgie wrote:
Patience. I don't think a good team will be assembled and trained by next year. Took JJones several years before he could create a team to impress. Then got smashed by those humongus black kids from the Deep South who actually had fun hurting the local boys. Did you see how oversized they were standing across them at the lineups. Big strong and talented football players go to the big colleges on the mainland where football is serious business. If you are a smart scholar you go to Stanford, Harvard, Yale, MIT, and so on. If football is your game you go to Florida State, Miami USC, Penn State, Nebraska, BYU, etc. Not some tiny island isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I think mostly party guys come to Hawaii for the year-round sun, sand, surf, and you know what. So let's sit back and see if Mr. Chow can cook up something to please us all on these boring islands. Would top talent really come all the way to UH just because the coach's name is Norman Chow?
on December 21,2011 | 03:40PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Boring islands huh....hmmmm....I have to be civil. Looking forward to Coach Chow's return.
on December 21,2011 | 07:26PM
Eradication wrote:
O.k., I'll bite. Apparently if you like committing felony crimes, FSU & Miami would be the place to go. If want a salary as a player USC is pretty nice AND if you like to play in the shower with your assistant coaches Penn State is pretty attractive. Like beating up your girlfriend? Nebraska has a spot for you. Funny how you think the football powers do not include the SEC in your lineup. Watch much football lately?
on December 21,2011 | 11:39PM
hvagd1 wrote:
Good to see that tight end packages will be return...about time. Now, get down to business and play ball. Start with eliminating the haka and coaches lei. It was all show and no go.
on December 21,2011 | 03:51PM
Oahuan wrote:
Chow could earn bonuses for bowl appearances, bowl victories, coaching honors, national rankings and nationally televised victories. NOW THAT IS HOW YOU DO IT!!
on December 21,2011 | 04:03PM
emelynnr wrote:
So glad he left UTAH and came here!!!!
on December 21,2011 | 04:12PM
SOLID3 wrote:
Aloha Coach Chow and E komo Mai. It's good to see a coach who knows Hawaii, loves Hawaii and has finally got his dream job. To the Chow Ohana, I can feel the pride you all must feel that FINALLY! and I mean FINALLY! coach Chow is home. I look foward to the comming season and the rest of the staff you bring in. Would be great to have the Lee brothers on your staff, they are great coaches.
on December 21,2011 | 04:30PM
64hoo wrote:
to anybody that complain about his age at 65 how about this,, the new assistent coaches as OC Skippa Diaz at DC Larry Ginoza quarterback coach Calvin Say special teams coach Pal Eldridge O line coach Jim Leahey linebacker coach still Cal Lee and defensive back coach Larry Price there you have a good coaching staff of anyone over 60. hows that.
on December 21,2011 | 05:11PM
entrkn wrote:
A lot of people in Hawaii, including me, have been waiting for this for a long long time. Welcome home Coach Chow!
on December 21,2011 | 05:57PM
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