Search for Next University of Hawaii Football Coach is Underway

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Want to be the next University of Hawaii football coach?

After Monday’s announcement that Greg McMackin would take an early retirement, the University of Hawaii posted a 683 word job description that details the qualifications administrators want in the next head football coach.


The duties in just the opening paragraph show the extent of the job responsibilities:

Under administrative direction, Coach is responsible for planning, administering, and evaluating the overall operation of the NCAA Division I Men’s Football Program to include, but not limited to, academic achievement of student-athletes, on field coaching, recruitment of qualified prospects, supervision of assistant coaches and other staff assigned to the program, compliance, program management (eligibility, scheduling, travel, budget, equipment), and student-athlete welfare. The Head Coach assumes full responsibility for ensuring that team performance is competitive in the affiliated conference with the goal of achieving post-season competition annually. Additionally, the incumbent must maintain collaborative working relationships with administrators and coaches in the department, other college offices, and appropriate relationships with members of the media, donors, and other individuals interested in the sports program. Reports to the Director of Athletics or designee.

Whoever is selected should be paid generously, at least based on previous contracts with the University. 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 earlier this week announced a new search committee has been appointed to interview perspective candidates.

The committee will meet Monday, December 12, 2011, after 4:30 p.m. to review applications. According to the University of Hawaii, the selection 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.

Athletics Director Jim Donovan will establish a timetable and criteria for the coach search.

The University has not released information on salary range and contract length and other details. According to Larry Price, former UH Coach and morning talk show host on KSSK Radio, at least 10 candidates have already replied.





  1. My opinion for who to hire for the UH Football Head Coach job would hands-down be Duane Akina. I have seen Duane in action for UT since 2003 and he has a way of coaching these young college players into NFL pros, and if they don’t go pro, which we know not all will, they are ready to take on the working world. Both the coaches and players respect Duane Akina because his style makes them believe in him because Duane truly believes in his coaches and players. You get the real deal with Duane. He has a passion for football, and with his energy, knowledge and genuin nature about him, you can’t go wrong. He’s long over due for this position and would be an incredibile addition to your football program. What could be more incentive and exciting for Duane to be a head coach back where his family roots are in the Hawaiian Islands. Please seriously consider him…he won’t let you down.

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