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Hawaii's Nick Rolovich, ex-Nevada coordinator, takes Washington State job

Nick Rolovich
Nick Rolovich is leaving Hawaii for Washington State. (File)

Hawaii's Nick Rolovich has accepted the head-coaching job at Washington State and will make the jump to the Pac-12.

Rolovich was Nevada's offensive coordinator from 2012-15, first being hired by the Wolf Pack by Chris Ault before being retained by Brian Polian.

He left Nevada to become the head coach at his alma mater, Hawaii, prior to the 2016 season and elevated the Rainbow Warriors program over the last four seasons.

At Hawaii, Rolovich went 28-27 overall and 15-17 in Mountain West play. He led Hawaii to three bowl games in four seasons and guided the Rainbow Warriors to its first West Division championship this season, losing to Boise State in the title game. Rolovich also had two second-place finishes in the West Division.

Last season, Hawaii went 10-5, including two wins over Pac-12 teams and a bowl win over BYU, the program's first over the Cougars since 2001. Hawaii had been 10-36 overall and 4-26 in the MW prior to Rolovich's hiring.

Rolovich replaces Mike Leach, who left for Mississippi State.

The move means the MW's West Division has had four coaching changes this offseason, including at Hawaii, San Diego State, Fresno State and UNLV. Colorado State and New Mexico, from the Mountain Division, also had a head-coaching change, meaning six of the league's 12 schools have hired new coaches this offseason.



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