Naeole parts ways with UH during fifth season on staff

Chris Naeole

The Maui News

Chris Naeole has parted ways with the University of Hawaii football team after four-plus years as the offensive line coach.

In a statement released Friday by attorney Richard Naiwieha Wurde- man, Naeole, 42, said: “In my heart, I believe I served the program and student-athletes to the best of my ability, and with the same work ethic, desire and passion to excel that pushed me at all levels of my playing career.

“However, due to certain philosophical differences with the handling of disciplinary matters in the program, I’ve offered my resignation as the offensive line coach.”

Naeole, a Kahuku High School graduate who played for the New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL after being named an All-American at Colorado, served as interim UH head coach in 2015, going 1-3 after Norm Chow was fired.

“I want to thank Chris for his hard work and dedication to our football program,” head coach Nick Rolo­vich said in a statement from the school. “He was critical in holding this program together in the transition from Coach Chow to myself. We wish him well in his future, and we will meet this challenge head on, because that is the Warrior way.”

Hawaii (2-3, 0-2 Mountain West Conference), which has lost three games in a row, is playing on the road today against Nevada (0-5, 0-1).

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