After leading the Rainbow Warriors to two bowl games in his first three seasons at the helm of the program, University of Hawaiʻi football head coach Nick Rolovich received a two-year contract extension to 2022.
Rolovich's initial contract expires after the 2020 season. If the 'Bows qualify for a bowl game under Rolovich in 2019 or 2020, he will receive another extension through 2023.
"We're very appreciative of what Nick and his staff have accomplished in his first three seasons," Matlin said in a release. "Nick has elevated our football program with two bowl appearances and this season with the most wins since 2010. He is a great representative of our university and his 'Live Aloha, Play Warrior' slogan has resonated throughout the community. We are thrilled to be able to extend his contract and look forward to the next few years of Rainbow Warrior football."
In his three seasons as head coach, Rolovich has an 18-22 record. In 2016, Rolovich led the 'Bows to a 7-7 record and a Hawai'i Bowl victory over Middle Tennessee. Although the 'Bows finished 2017 with a 3-9 record, they finished the 2018 season as runner-up in the west division of the Mountain West Conference.
"It's truly an honor to coach at my alma mater, it's a privilege that many coaches aren't able to do. I'm thankful to David Matlin and the University of Hawai'i administration who gave me my first head coaching opportunity and now to extend my time here. I realize Rainbow Warrior football means a lot to the university community and the state of Hawai'i and my staff, student-athletes, and I will continue to work hard to maintain a successful program," Rolovich said in a release.
13 athletes signed with the 'Bows during last month's early signing period. The 'Bows will kick off the 2019 season at home versus Arizona on Aug. 24.