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Rainbow Warriors fire head coach Norm Chow

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The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors have fired head coach Norm Chow. This comes on the heels of a 58-7 loss to the Air Force Falcons to drop its record to 2-7 overall.

First-year Athletic Director David Matlin has announced that Chris Naeole will be the interim head coach to finish out the season. The Hawai’ian born Naeole has been serving as the Rainbow Warriors offensive line coach before his promotion.

“I’d like to thank Coach Chow for his dedication to our football program for the past four years,” Matlin said in a prepared statement. “Ultimately, we feel this decision is in the best interest of the university and athletic department and we need to move in a different direction.

“Coach Chow should be commended for helping our football program achieve all-time highs in APR scores and graduation rates.”

Chow, who is 69-years-old and closer to retirement, went 10-36 overall, and 4-25 in the Mountain West Conference. This season, under Chow, the team is 0-5 in the Mountain West.

Last season, the team went 3-9 overall and 1-7 in the Mountain West Conference. In 2013, the team was 1-11 and 0-8 within the conference.

His best season came in 2012, his first-year with the team, when the team went 4-9 overall and 3-5 within the MWC.

Chow, who was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i, played guard with the Utah Utes from 1965-1967. Following his playing career, he coached high school football at Waialua High School Bulldogs in Hawai’i.

Then, from 1973 through 1999, he served in several different roles with the BYU Cougars. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the North Carolina State Wolfpack in 2000.

He was with the Southern California Trojans from 2001 through 2004 as its offensive coordinator, before serving in the same position with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans from 2005 through 2007.

The UCLA Bruins was his next stop as offensive coordinator from 2008 through 2010, before returning to Utah in 2011 as its offensive coordinator. The Rainbow Warriors gig was his first collegiate head coaching coaching job.

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