Norm Chow has made his first big decision as newly hired head football coach of the University of Hawaii football team. That decision? Norm Chow will not retain Rich Miano as part of his coaching staff. This according to Miano, who spoke with new UH head coach Norm Chow on Monday and was notified.
This is an interesting decision by Norm Chow, as most of the fan base thought that at the very least Miano would indeed be retained because he has dedicated so much time and effort to the Hawaii football team. Miano, who was the associate head coach under Greg McMackin, spent 13 years as an assistant with UH.
There is no telling what type of negative blowback this may create, however it should not be too much, as anyone who understands this process will understand that this happens, even to people who have spent years with a program.
Chow is coming in and he is going to change things. This is something that needs to happen, and fans should give Chow a chance to assemble who he wants on his staff.
Chow said he has spoken with some candidates, including some from UH’s 2011 staff, but will not make any decisions on hiring until after interviewing more coaches and reviewing formal applications.
As for reports of potential coaches, Chow insisted, “We haven’t hired anybody yet.”
“We want to call some local guys (to) see if they’ll listen to us before they commit,” Chow said.
Whomever Chow decides to ring on his staff is his choice, as it should be. There should be no one else telling him whom he can and can’t hire. While many feel Miano should have been retained, this is a business, and sometimes this is what happens in business.
Miano said he would take some time off to be with his family before figuring out other options. I wouldn’t worry about him too much; Miano has several options available to him so he will be fine.
No word on any of the other current staff yet, including Rolovich, who may indeed get the nod to stay on staff with Chow.