Rolovich named Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year


The Maui News

University of Hawaii football coach Nick Rolovich was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year on Wednesday as the conference’s postseason awards were announced.

In his fourth season as Rainbow Warriors head coach, Rolovich guided UH to a 9-4 record and the school’s first Mountain West West Division title. He is the first UH coach to win coach of the year honors since June Jones won the Western Athletic Conference award in 2007.

Hawaii faces Boise State in Idaho on Saturday in the conference championship game.

Slot receiver Cedric Byrd II was UH’s lone selection to the all-Mountain West first team. The senior from Los Angeles led the Rainbow Warriors in receptions (91) and receiving yards (1,049).

Quarterback Cole McDonald, receiver JoJo Ward and offensive lineman Ilm Manning were named to the all-conference second team.

Honorable mention selections included linebacker Solomon Matautia, defensive backs Cortez Davis and Rojesterman Farris II, defensive linemen Kaimana Padello and Blessman Ta’ala, and offensive linemen Gene Pryor and Taaga Tuulima.

San Jose State quarterback Josh Love was named Offensive Player of the Year, Boise State defensive back Curtis Weaver was selected Defensive Player of the Year, Broncos return specialist Avery Williams took special teams honors, and Boise State running back George Holani is the Freshman of the Year.


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