The Nevada Wolf Pack is now looking for a new offensive coordinator.
Nick Rolovich, the Pack’s offensive coordinator since 2012, has been named the new head coach for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The former Hawaii quarterback replaces Norm Chow, who was fired earlier this season. Rolovich will be introduced at a press conference in Hawaii on Monday.
“Being raised a Warrior, there is a great sense of excitement and responsibility about bringing back a winning tradition to Hawaii football,” the 36-year-old Rolovich said. “I can’t wait to get started. I’m honored to be selected to run this program which has made me into the man I am today.”
The Wolf Pack (6-5) will play at San Diego State Saturday night. Rolovich is expected to serve as the Pack’s offensive coordinator during the game.
“We were thrilled to learn that Nick Rolovich has been named head football coach at the University of Hawaii,” Wolf Pack head coach Brian Polian said. “This is a well-deserved opportunity for Nick and his wonderful family. We will miss him professionally, but even more so as a person. Hawaii made a great decision.”
Rolovich has left the Wolf Pack once before, accepting the Temple offensive coordinator position after the 2012 season. He came back to the Pack a couple weeks later when Polian was named head coach to replace Chris Ault. The move to Temple and back raised Rolovich’s salary at Nevada to around $240,000.
“Both Nick and Hawaii have been transparent throughout the whole process and I appreciated that very much,” Polian said. “I am confident that his candidacy did not affect our preparation for San Diego State. We will handle any decisions regarding the staff internally and make those decisions known when the time is appropriate.”
Rolovich, who played under former head coach June Jones and coached under Greg McMackin at Hawaii, is expected to return the Rainbow Warriors back to their run-and-shoot days with a little pistol offense as well. Jones, who left SMU early in the 2014 season, also was among the five finalists for the Hawaii top job along with Army head coach Rich Ellerson, former Hawaii player and current radio and television analyst Rich Miano and Tulsa defensive coordinator Brian Norwood. Jones was the favorite to get the Hawaii job (there were also rumors that he would also bring Rolovich back as the offensive coordinator) but that money would be an issue in hiring Jones.
“I’m pleased to welcome back Nick Rolovich to the UH ‘ohana,” Hawaii Athletics Director David Matlin said. “Nick is a Warrior at heart and someone I know our fans will support. He understands what it means to be a Warrior having played and coached here and what affect a winning program has with this community. I have no doubt we picked the right man for this job. The future is bright for Hawaii football.”
Rolovich played for Hawaii from 2000-01 and went 8-1 as the starter in 2001 wile playing for an injured Timmy Chang. He later joined McMackin’s coaching staff from 2008-11, the latter three years as the team’s primary play-caller. He joined Nevada in 2012 and spent the past four seasons as the offensive coordinator under Polian.
Rolovich’s college career started at City College of San Francisco in 1998, 1999. He also played professionally for the San Jose SaberCats, Arizona Rattlers, Chicago Rush and Las Vegas Gladiators in various professional leagues.