After spending decades working as an assistant coach, Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow will take the reigns of an FBS program. On Wednesday, Hawai'i confirmed Chow has been hired as its next head coach, one day after initial reports of the forthcoming union began to surface.
Chow is coming home, as well, having been born in Honolulu. In a statement, the Utah defensive coordinator turned Hawai'i head coach said he was excited fro the opportunity, and hopes to make the fans proud.
"I am extremely honored to receive the privilege of leading the University of Hawai'i football program; it is very humbling," Chow said. "This is a program with great history, and I feel excited and energized about creating a program that will make all of the people of Hawai'i feel pride for the university and our state. I am looking forward to coming home, to family and friends, and I am going to do my best to contribute to the rich history of Hawai'i and its progress. I want to thank President Greenwood, the Board of Regents and Athletics Director Jim Donovan for giving me this opportunity, and I am looking forward to meeting the student body at the University of Hawai'i and getting them excited about Hawai'i Football."
Chow becomes the first Asian-American head coach at an FBS institution. He joins Hawai'i after 39 years as an assistant coach, including 27 years at BYU. Chow will remain with Utah in the interim, coaching the Utes in the upcoming Hyundai Bowl.