Hawaii football coordinators Nick Rolovich and Dave Aranda will receive undisclosed pay raises — and could earn thousands more through incentive clauses — as part of their new contracts.
Rolovich, who leads the offense, and Aranda, who guides the defense, each completed his first full year as coordinator. Each earned an estimated base salary of $130,000 for the 2010-11 academic year. In addition, each received a bonus equal to one month’s salary for the Warriors’ participation in the 2010 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
"I wanted to be able to take care of my coordinators," said head coach Greg McMackin, who proposed the raises to athletic director Jim Donovan. "They’re both doing a great job. I recommended that they both get raises and bonuses so we can keep them around."
McMackin, Aranda and Rolovich declined to reveal the amount of the raises.
UH’s pay range for football coordinators is between $116,640 and $203,688 annually. A spokesman for the Board of Regents said approval was not needed from the school’s governing body because the new salaries did not exceed the pay range and the contract was not for more than three years. All UH football assistants are on one-year contracts.
When McMackin was named head coach in 2008, he hired Rolovich as quarterbacks coach and Aranda as a defensive line coach. After the second game of the 2009 season, Rolovich was given play-calling duties. During that season, McMackin and Aranda called the defensive plays.
Last year, Rolovich and Aranda were promoted to coordinators. While Rolovich works personally with the quarterbacks, Aranda coaches the linebackers and makes all of the defensive calls.
In 2010, the Warriors led the nation in passing (394.29 yards per game), and were sixth in total offense (500.64) and 10th in scoring (39.57 points). On defense, the Warriors were first in takeaways (38), second in interceptions (23) and ninth in fumble recoveries (15).
McMackin said UH could not afford the amount he proposed in raises.
"We’re not in that price range," he said. "At least our guys know we’re trying to take care of them, and that we recognize what a great job they’re doing."
Aranda said: "I want to be in Hawaii as long as they’ll allow me to be. I’m excited they’re asking me back, and they want me to do my job. I’m committed to doing my job better."
Meanwhile, McMackin said he expects Mouse Davis to return for a second season as receivers coach.
"I had dinner with him the other night, and unless something unforseen happens, he’ll be back," McMackin said.