Hawai’i hires Todd Graham as head football coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Todd Graham has been named the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors head football coach. He replaces Nick Rolovich, who left the school in the off-season to become the Washington State Cougars head coach.

This is Graham’s first head coaching opportunity in the last two seasons. He last served as a head coach with the Arizona State Sun Devils in 2017.

Former Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham watches from the sidelines during the first half against the Arizona Wildcats
Todd Graham watches from the sidelines during the first half against the Arizona Wildcats (Getty Images)

Graham will be introduced as the new head coach on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 2 pm HST. The press conference will be held at the UH Athletics Department Lecture Hall.

He is taking over a program that went 10-5 during the 2019 season, including an Hawai’i Bowl win. However, after Mike Leach left Washington State for Mississippi State, Rolovich decided to leave his alma mater to take over a Pac-12 Conference team.

He brings 12-years head coaching experience to the Island. Ten of the 12 seasons, he guided his teams to a Bowl game.

As a head coach, Graham is 95-61. His previous head coaching stops include the Rice Owls, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Pittsburgh Panthers, and the Sun Devils.

During his coaching career, four of teams won the conference, including three in the Conference USA. In addition, three of his teams finished the season ranked.

Graham has had winning records in eight of the 12 seasons. His best record during his tenure as a head coach was an 11-3 mark in 2008 with the Hurricane.

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