Special teams coordinator Chris Demarest is leaving the University of Hawaii football team because of family reasons, according to people familiar with the situation.
The Warriors had anticipated the departure, which was finalized on Wednesday, and have been seeking a coach to coordinate the six special-team units and assist with the defensive secondary.
Demarest was a member of head coach Norm Chow’s inaugural UH staff in 2012. That season, Mike Edwards scored three touchdowns on kickoff returns.
Demarest also was instrumental in Scott Harding’s development as a rugby-styled punter. UH’s punts have resulted in 10 turnovers the past two years.
Harding was named the Warriors’ most valuable player in 2013 and 2014.
Demarest was the point recruiter in Florida and the East Coast. Cornerback Ne’Quan Phillips and safety Marrell Jackson were among his recruits.