The University of Hawai'i football team has hired 11-year NFL veteran Chris Naeole as an offensive assistant coach.
"Chris is a great addition to our coaching staff," UH head coach Norn Chow said. "He brings instant credibility, having spent a number of years playing at the highest level. He has name recognition and that will only help us in recruiting. He has a bright mind for the game and tremendous coaching future. We're lucky to have him."
Naeole, a 1992 Kahuku High School graduate, played at Colorado, where he was a consensus All-American at right guard as a senior in 1996. He was a three-year starter for the Buffaloes and allowed only one sack in his career.
Naeole became the state's highest NFL?draft pick after being selected No. 10 overall by the New Orleans Saints in 1997.
He played for the Saints from 1997-2001 and Jacksonville Jaguars from 2002-08 before an injury ended his career in the middle of the 2007 season. Naeole missed only one NFL game due to injury and started 150 of 154 career games.
Following his playing career, Naeole went into coaching. He has spent the past three years as the defensive line coach at Iolani School under head coach Wendell Look.
Naeole, who lives in Honolulu, has also participated in NFL summer internships with the Jaguars and Green Bay Packers as well as guest coaching appearances at clinics and camps throughout Hawaii, New Orleans and Jacksonville.