After a 2013 season with dismal 1-11 record, following a 3-9 season in 2012, some fans have called for University of Hawaii Head Football Coach Norm Chow to be fired.
On Tuesday, December 10, Chow dismissed two coaches who work under him: Thom Kaumeyer, the defensive coordinator who spent two seasons with the Warriors, and Tony Tuioti, the linebacker coach with the University since Chow’s predecessor, Greg McMackin.
The university in 2012 recruited Chow under a contract that pays him $550,008 annually plus bonuses – more than any other state employee including the governor, the president of the University of Hawaii and the head of the University’s John Burns School of Medicine.
The agreement allows the University to terminate Chow without cause if the coach is paid lump sum damages of the amount remaining on his contract through year four plus $200,000 for year five. Terms of the deal can be renegotiated annually after completion of the second year of the contract.
Chow, 67, grew up in Hawaii but has spent his coaching career on the Mainland, serving as an assistant coach at a number of universities and with the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.
Since Chow took over, university ticket sales have slowed. During Chow’s first year as coach, ticket sales dropped to 20,821. This year, the University sold 18,194 of 50,000 seasons tickets available, the lowest number in at least the past 10 years.
Contrast that with 2008, the year the Warriors went to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The university set a record for ticket sales with 27,705; the next year it sold 23,976.
“The biggest revenue generation for the department is from UH football, and the fact that season tickets were down this year is a huge concern and impacts everything to do with athletics,” said Rep. Mark Takai, a graduate of the University who regularly attends its sporting events. Takai is a candidate for Congress in 2014.
For the 2013-14 school year for the University Warrior football team, the university budgeted $8,849,258.
The university’s booster clubs, including the Ahahui Koa Anuenue football booster club, contributed $6,959,495 million to the athletic department and its teams in fiscal 2013.
Athletics received $2,219,978 from corporate sponsors in fiscal 2011 and $2,316,861 in fiscal 2012.
Two years ago on December 5, 2011, then University of Hawaii head football coach Greg McMackin, stepped down waiving nearly half of his $1.1 million employment contract.
McMackin compiled a 29-26 record as head coach, guiding the Warriors to the championship of the Western Athletic Conference in 2010.
But the team stumbled badly in 2011 as McMackin was heading into the final year of his 5-year employment contract.
McMackin’s predecessor, June Jones, made $800,000-per year.
Jones, hired in 1998, was at the University of Hawaii for nine years, and was credited with resurrecting a football program with a 0-12 record.
Jones, a former University of Hawaii Warrior player, had a 76-41 record, including an undefeated season in 2007, which led the University’s invitation the Bowl Championship Series’ Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
Jones, who had the distinction of being the coach with the most victories, left the Hawaii Warriors for Texas’ Southern Methodist University in January 2008 under a 5-year contract valued at $10 million.