NLI Signing Day 2016

Rolo press conferenceHONOLULU – University of Hawai’i head football coach Nick Rolovich completed his first signing class with the announcement of 18 signees on National Signing Day, Wednesday, the first day prospects may sign a National Letter of Intent. Rolovich made the announcement official during a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the UH Athletics Department.

Among the 18 signees are 16 high school seniors, one junior college transfer, and one FBS transfer. Seven of the signees are listed as offensive players, nine as defensive, and two as athletes. Among the position breakdown are three cornerbacks, three offensive linemen, two athletes, two wide receivers, two linebackers, two defensive linemen, two safeties, one quarterback, and one running back. The signees represent four states (7 – California, 5 – Hawai’i, 1 – Nevada, 1 – Washington), one U.S. territory (3 – American Samoa), and one foreign country (1 – Australia).

“This is an outstanding class, built on proven winners from championship programs and local recruiting,” Rolovich said. “We also opened up pipelines with Australia and American Samoa, places where we want to continue to recruit. We signed 16 high school seniors with the intention of building a foundation of stability and we started at the line of scrimmage with offensive and defensive linemen. We covered a lot of ground in the position groups and to do it in a condensed amount of time, is a testament to the staff.”

Local recruiting was a top priority for the coaching staff. The Warriors snagged the state’s defensive player of the year in Keala Santiago from Division I champion Kahuku High School and consensus all-state wide receiver Kalakaua Timoteo from 2014 state champion Mililani High School, both of whom were among the state’s top prospects. Santiago was also picked as KHON2’s Chad Owens Award winner as the state’s special teams player of the year. In addition, two highly regarded prospects, Leilehua High School defensive lineman Netane Muti and ‘Iolani School offensive lineman Josh Hauani’o also inked with UH along with Silverado (Nev.) High School linebacker Jeremiah Pritchard, originally of American Samoa who also attended Honolulu’s Farrington High School for one year.

UH beat out several Pac-12 schools for Norte Vista (Calif.) High School’s Freddie Holly, the nation’s 19th-best running back and cornerback Mykal Tolliver of St. John Bosco (Calif.) High School, the 11th-best corner in the West. Sonora (Calif.) High’s Cole McDonald was a dual-threat quarterback who threw for 2,313 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 1,091 yards and 10 scores as a senior. Linebacker Ikem Okeke, of national power Bishop Gorman (Nev.) High School in Las Vegas, was rated as the 10th-best outside linebacker in the West region. Washington power Ballard High School’s Davine Tullis, was the Seattle metro 3A offensive player of the year at quarterback but was recruited as an athlete. Wide receiver Marcus Armstrong-Brown, of Diablo Valley (Calif.) College, was a top-ranked JUCO receiver, who caught 102 passes and 20 touchdowns in two seasons at Diablo. Offensive lineman Kingjames Taylor was a two-way player at Narbonne (Calif.) High School while defensive back Eugene Ford was a first-team all-city selection, who played both cornerback and wide receiver at University (Calif.) High School in Los Angeles.

Australian rugby player Max Hendrie was one of the nation’s first signees, submitting his paperwork on Tuesday due to the international dateline. Two other prospects from American Samoa signed with UH, defensive back Scheyenne Sanitoa, the defensive MVP of the JPS Paradise Classic all-star game, and defensive lineman Viane Moala, one of the country’s top linemen. UCLA transfer offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry and Upland (Calif.) High’s Zach Wilson were mid-year enrollees and are also part of the 2016 signing class. Ulu-Perry was a four-star recruit out of Honolulu’s Saint Louis School in 2015 while Wilson attended Mt. SAC College last year but did not play football.

Player Name POS HT WT CL Hometown / Last School
Marcus Armstrong-Brown WR 6-3 195 Jr. Napa, Calif. | Diablo Valley College
Eugene Ford DB 6-2 185 Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. / University High School
Josh Hauani’o OL 6-4 300 Fr. Honolulu, O’ahu / ‘Iolani School
Max Hendrie ATH 6-4 235 Fr. Sydney, NSW, Australia / The Scots College
Freddie Holly RB 6-0 210 Fr. Riverside, Calif. / Norte Vista High School
Cole McDonald QB 6-4 195 Fr. La Habra, Calif. / Sonora High School
Viane Moala DL 6-7 270 Fr. Ili’Ili, American Samoa / Tafuna High School
Netane Muti DL 6-4 275 Fr. Wahiawa, O’ahu | Leilehua High School
Ikem Okeke LB 6-0 210 Fr. Las Vegas, Nev. / Bishop Gorman High School
Jeremiah Pritchard LB 6-0 200 Fr. Leone, American Samoa | Silverado High School
Scheyenne Sanitoa DB 6-0 185 Fr. Pago Pago, American Samoa / Samoana High School
Keala Santiago DB 6-0 185 Fr. Kahuku, O’ahu / Kahuku High School
Kingjames Taylor OL 6-3 270 Fr. Harbor City, Calif. / Narbonne High School
Kalakaua Timoteo WR 6-3 195 Fr. Mililani, O’ahu / Mililani High School
Mykal Tolliver DB 6-0 175 Fr. Bellflower, Caloif. / St. John Bosco High School
Davine Tullis ATH 6-2 195 Fr. Seattle, Wash. / Ballard High School
Fred Ulu-Perry* OL 6-2 305 So. Honolulu, O’ahu / UCLA
Zach Wilson* DB 5-11 170 Fr. Upland, Calif. / Mt. San Antonio College


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Football Coaching Staff Complete

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HONOLULU – University of Hawai’i head football coach Nick Rolovich completed his coaching staff with the addition of four new hires, including defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa, who will make his second go-around heading the Rainbow Warriors’ defensive unit.   In addition, Rolovich announced the hiring of Sean Duggan as linebackers coach, Kefense Hynson (pronounced ka-FIN-say, hen-SON) as receivers coach, and Jason Cvercko as the director of football recruiting and retention.

“It’s an exciting day for UH Football as we fill the majority of the staff today,” Rolovich said. “I would like to welcome Kevin Lempa, Sean Duggan, Kefense Hynson, and Jason Cvercko. Lempa and Duggan were part of one of the best defenses in the country last year and will bring a system that I believe will give our players a chance to play fast and aggressive. They rely on toughness and togetherness within their scheme and have done it without the No. 1 recruiting classes in the country. I was firsthand witness to the inspiration and leadership Lempa provided our team when he was in Hawai’i as DC before. He understands Hawai’i and is one of the most genuine people in the world who will connect well with our players and fans.”

The addition of the three new coaches completes Rolovich’s inaugural coaching staff. Previously announced hires include Chris Naeole (offensive line), Abe Elimimian (secondary), Jake Cookus (special teams), Brian Smith (offensive assistant), Zak Hill (offensive coordinator), and Lawrence “Legi” Suiaunoa (defensive line).


 Rolo head shot Nick Rolovich

Head Coach

 Zak Hill Zak Hill

Offensive Coordinator

 Kevin Lempa Kevin Lempa

Defensive Coordinator

 Jake Cookus Jake Cookus

Assistant Coach – Special Teams

 Sean Duggan Sean Duggan

Assistant Coach – Linebackers

 Abe Elimimian Abe Elimimian

Assistant Coach – Secondary

 Kefense Hynson Kefense Hynson

Assistant Coach – Wide Receivers

 Chris Naeole Chris Naeole

Assistant Coach – Offensive Line

 Brian Smith Brian Smith

Assistant Coach

 Legi Suiaunoa Legi Suiaunoa

Assistant Coach – Defensive Line

 Jason Cvercko Jason Cvercko

Director of Recruiting & Retention


Fall 2015-croppedThe University of Hawai’i at Mānoa 2015 Fall Commencement was held on December 19, 2015 at the Stan Sheriff Center. We’re proud to announce the student-athletes listed below  who received their undergraduate diplomas.

The Nā Koa Football Club’s mission is to support athletic excellence and academic achievement for the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior football program. One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by underwriting 100% of the cost for the Bridge Program (incoming Freshmen) as well as summer school for all football student-athletes which includes tuition and fees, books, and housing. By attending summer school, it helps keep our student-athletes on track to graduate.

Thank you for supporting Nā Koa and CONGRATULATIONS to our graduates!!

Ne’Quan Phillips – Family Resources Julian Gener – Sociology / Comm
Marrell Jackson – Sports Management Max Wittek – Psychology
Lance Williams – Family Resources Duke Bukoski –Family Resources
Gaetano DeMattei – Biology Jason Muraoka – FamR / Sociology
Justin Vele – Family Resources Ben Clarke – Biology
Harold Moleni – Business Ryan Pasoquen – Communications
Scott Harding – Business Samson Anguay – Sociology
Hunter Thomson Joe Uglietto
Haani Tulimaiau Josh Gonda
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