New University of Hawaii head coach Norm Chow has been a busy man the last couple of weeks. He has now hired four more assistants, and is almost done filling out the roster for his new staff. There are only two remaining vacancies left; one of them is the defensive coordinator position.
After all but gutting the old UH football staff (a move I thought was needed), Norm Chow announced that he has added four more assistant coaches to his coaching staff. Those include offensive assistants Tommy Lee, Keith Uperesa, and Chris Wiesehan and defensive assistant Daronte’ Jones.
Chow’s staff now includes seven assistant coaches. Earlier this week, Chow announced the addition of offensive assistant Philip Rauscher and defensive assistants Lewis Powell and Tony Tuioti.
“This group of coaches have years of experience at every level of football,” Chow said. “Our players will be able to learn from the very best in the business. They have proven track records and have been successful everywhere they’ve been. We’re very fortunate to have them.”
His new hires all bring nice credentials with them. Lee, born and raised in Honolulu, is the older brother of Ron and Cal Lee, both former UH coaches. Cal Lee was not retained from last year’s UH staff.
Uperesa spent the past two seasons as the offensive line coach at Nicholls State. The Punahou and Brigham Young alum coached the line at UNLV, Utah, USC, and was offensive coordinator at Idaho State. Wiesehan and Jones coached in the Canadian Football League last season.
Excitement is continuing to build for the future of UH football. A new regime is almost completely in place, so we will see how this plays out over the next couple of years. With UH heading to the Mountain West, the team better be ready to roll.