42 Candidates Want University of Hawaii Head Football Coach Position

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The University of Hawaii Athletics Department announced its search committee in charge of recruiting the next University of Hawaii head football coach received 42 applications as of last week Wednesday.

The search committee includes:


1. Dr. Rockne Freitas, Vice President for Student Affairs and University/Community Relations at the University of Hawai‘i and former All-Pro Professional football player with the Detroit Lions.

2. Peter Ho, Bank of Hawaii Chairman, President & CEO

3. Bert Kobayashi, Jr.  Partner, Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda

4. Duane Kurisu, entrepreneur, owner, PacificBasin Communications and Hawai‘i Sports Network, and the San Francisco Giants

5. Dr. Edison Miyawaki, Cincinnati Bengals football team minority owner, Hawai‘i Health I and II

6. Jean Rolles, Vice President of Community Affairs, Outrigger Enterprises, Inc.

Although the recruitment period is still open, the six-member search advisory committee is reviewing applications and interviewing candidates.

Head football coach Greg McMackin made $1.1 million a year during what was supposed to be a 5-year contract deal.

He agreed to resign one year early after a 6-7 season that thwarted any chance of a bowl game and threatened the fiscal vitality of the football program because of a substantial drop in fans’ attendance.

The previous contract did not include a cancellation clause, so the university owed McMackin $1.1 million, but he waived $500,000 as a donation to the program.

The University has not released information on salary range and contract length and other details.