On Friday, the University of Hawaii announced that they hired Wolf Pack offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich to be their new head coach. Rolovich joined the Nevada staff in 2012 under Chris Ault and stayed on the staff when Ault retired and Brian Polian became the head coach. Rolovich now returns to his alma mater where he was a starting quarterback from 2000-2001 and as an assistant from 2003-2012.
During Rolovich's time as Nevada's offensive coordinator, he did produce some good offensive numbers with Cody Fajardo leading the offense for some of those years. In Rolovich's first year as Nevada's offensive coordinator, he blended his knowledge of the passing game with the preciseness of the Pistol offense and became one of the most prolific offenses that year averaging 37.8 points per game and 515 yards on offense that year.
Cody Fajardo was fantastic that year as well throwing for 2,786 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 1,121 yards and rushing for 12 touchdowns. But in 2013, the offense took a step back due to injuries plaguing the offense as they only averaged 23 points per game and saw the total offensive yards drop from 515 to 429.
In 2014, with a healthy Farjardo, the Wolf Pack did improve their offensive output and developed a potent rushing attack that totaled 2,671 yards that season and in 2015, with a new quarterback in place, the Wolf Pack have leaned on the rushing game more with a pair of talented backs Don Jackson and James Butler who carry the offense while the passing game has been inconsistent this season.
Given the injuries and inconsistencies of Nevada's offense this year, I think this is a great hire for the Hawaii program. This program has been terrible the last few years and bringing in a sought after coordinator with ties to the school like Rolovich is a big win for a program that has not had a lot of wins lately. With the issues the Rainbow Warriors have on the roster, it will take a few years for Hawaii to get back to winning regularly but they have the right man to lead Hawaii out of the cellar and possibly to the top of the Mountain West.