Rolovich’s contract extended through 2022

Nick Rolovich has compiled an 18-22 record with two Hawaii Bowl appearances in three seasons. AP file photo

The Maui News

University of Hawaii football coach Nick Rolovich has been given an extension that keeps him under contract through the 2022 season, athletic director David Matlin announced Tuesday.

Rolovich’s initial contract expires following the 2020 season. If UH qualifies for a bowl game under Rolovich in either the 2019 or 2020 seasons, another year will be tacked on to the extension, running through 2023.

Financial terms were not released.

In three seasons, Rolovich has compiled an 18-22 record with two Hawaii Bowl appearances — the Rainbow Warriors defeated Middle Tennessee in 2016 and lost to Louisiana Tech last month to finish an 8-6 campaign.

Before the former UH quarterback took over the program, the Rainbow Warriors had not made a bowl game since 2010.

“We’re very appreciative of what Nick and his staff has accomplished in his first three seasons,” Matlin said in a press release. “He is a great representative of our university and his ‘Live Aloha, Play Warrior’ slogan has resonated throughout the community. We are thrilled to be able to extend his contract and look forward to the next few years of Rainbow Warrior football.”

Said Rolovich: “It’s truly an honor to coach at my alma mater, it’s a privilege that many coaches aren’t able to do. … I realize Rainbow Warrior football means a lot to the university community and the state of Hawaii and my staff, student-athletes, and I will continue to work hard to maintain a successful program.”

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