The University of Hawai’i turns to its own university for its next head football coach. The school announced Saturday night that former star quarterback Timmy Chang is returning to coach the Rainbow Warriors.
Chang, 40, was previously the wide receiver coach at Colorado State. But in Hawai’i, he is remembered as the record-breaking quarterback who rewrote the NCAA record book while in school and helped usher in a happy era of college football.
“I’m back. I’m home. In my heart, I never left,” Chang said in a statement. “As I have always done, I am ready to give everything for Hawaii. The highest privilege in coaching is the right to represent an institution as a head coach. This is indescribable. I get to do it here in Hawaii, where I come from come. I am so proud to represent MY school and state. I am honored to lead the BRADDAHHOOD.”
Timmy Chang, the former Hawai’i record-breaking quarterback, has been named the next Rainbow Warriors head coach!
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Chang arrives at a difficult time for the Rainbow Warriors as former coach Todd Graham resigned earlier this month after allegations he had assaulted players.
Not only did Chang play in Hawai’i, but he’s from Oahu, and he played high school at Saint Louis School in Honolulu, paving the way for star quarterbacks in the state like Marcus Mariota and Tua Tagovailoa.
Chang worked as a position coach at Nevada from 2017 to 2021, before moving to the state of Colorado with former Wolf Pack head coach Jay Norvell. Chang was also the offensive coordinator at Emory & Henry and Jackson State and served as a graduate assistant at SMU.
“I am delighted to welcome legendary quarterback Timmy Chang back to Manoa,” Hawaii director of athletics David Matlin said in a statement. “Timmy made a name for himself pitching football as a young quarterback and has continued his legacy in the ranks of coaching over the past decade. It’s time for him to take over the program that has developed him into the coach, father, husband and leader he is today.”
On Friday, Hawai’i offered the job of former coach June Jones, for whom Chang played for the Rainbow Warriors. But Jones turned down the job because he was initially only offered a two-year contract, and he later said the school wouldn’t give him full autonomy over hiring assistants.
In the strategy of hiring Jones, sources told ESPN there had to be a plan to get Chang as Jones’ successor. The school made public comments on Saturday about Jones’ handling of the process and hired Chang as head coach.
Chang is #2 on the NCAA career list with 17,072 yards, behind only Houston’s Case Keenum.