As reported first by Ferd Lewis, the search committee and Dave Matlin has narrowed down the search for the next Rainbow Warrior football head coach. Each have been interviewed and it was reported that no others have been scheduled.
Junes Jones, Rich Miano, Nick Rolovich, Rich Ellerson, and Brian Norwood are the finalist. All five of them have University of Hawaii ties.
The search committee took about three weeks to whittle down the applicant pool to the select few.
Since Norm Chow was fired on November 1 there have been names pouring in to fill the role for the 2016 season. Not a lot of names were confirmed to have applied for the job but Jones, Miano and Rolovich were.
Jones led the pack with some fans and was rumored to have the inside track for the job. He represents the last time Hawaii football was on the rise and it would be hard to turn away the man that resurrected the program once before. June Jones has been away from football since resigning at SMU after an 0-2 start in 2014.
Rich Miano served as Jones' assistant and main recruiter. After his time as an assistant for the Rainbow Warriors came to an end he went back to his roots and became the head coach at Kaiser High School. He eventually led them to a state title in 2013.
Nick Rolovich who has been the offensive coordinator for the Nevada Wolfpack for the past four season. He has led the Wolfpack to be the 22nd best rush offense in the nation. "Rolo" holds multiple passing records at Hawaii and was an assistant to Greg McMackin during his 2008-2011 tenure.
Rich Ellerson was the head coach for Army from 2009-2013 and prior to that Cal Poly from 2004-2009. In the FBS he sports a record of 20-41 with Army and had only one winning season. He played at UH during the 1974-1976 seasons.
Norwood is the current co-defensive coordinator at Tulsa. Prior to Tulsa he served as the safeties coach at Penn State and later the associated head coach at Baylor. He played at UH from 1983-1987 and was awarded the team's most improved defensive back his senior year.
Stay tuned for more as the coaching situation at Hawaii clears up. We have an interesting piece coming up on why you should be concerned about whoever this committee chooses as the next head coach.