HONOLULU - Norm Chow is coming home.
The University of Hawaii announced Wednesday that Chow has agreed to a five-year deal to become its new head football coach. The school has scheduled a news conference for today for the formal announcement and to introduce the 65-year-old, who was born and raised in Waialua and graduated from Punahou School.
"I am extremely honored to receive the privilege of leading the University of Hawaii football program; it is very humbling," Chow said in a statement. "This is a program with great history, and I feel excited and energized about creating a program that will make all of the people of Hawaii feel pride for the university and our state. I am looking forward to coming home, to family and friends, and I am going to do my best to contribute to the rich history of Hawaii and its progress."
Norm Chow will be introduced as the University of Hawaii’s football coach today — he has agreed to a five-year contract.
Chow is in his first season as offensive coordinator at Utah. He will remain with the Utes as they face Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.
Chow has previously served as offensive coordinator at UCLA, Southern California, North Carolina State and Brigham Young, helping to develop three Heisman Trophy winners - Ty Detmer at BYU, and Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC.
He has also been the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator.
"Obviously Norm is one of the best offensive minds in the country and we are thrilled that he's able to come home to lead our football program," said UH athletic director Jim Donovan. "This is special not only for the university but for him. His wide-open offense and name recognition will only help us in recruiting the top talent to our university and football program."
Chow got his coaching start at Waialua High and Intermediate School before becoming a graduate assistant at BYU in 1973. He spent 27 years as an assistant under LaVell Edwards with the Cougars, helping them to their only national championship in 1984.
His time at USC under Pete Carroll included national titles in 2003 and 2004.
Hawaii officials did not say how much Chow will earn. His two-year contract at Utah was worth $275,000 per year and included a $20,000 bonus if the team went to a Bowl Championship Series game.
Chow was selected from more than 40 coaches who applied for the UH post, which was left vacant when Greg McMackin retired earlier this month with a year remaining on his contract after the Warriors went a disappointing 6-7 and missed the postseason for the second time in his four years at the helm.