In the wake of the breaking news of Nick Rolovich’s hire at Washington State on Monday, he was selective on social media. Quiet, even.
Some people wondered if Rolovich would acknowledge those he left behind as he moved on to a bigger, Power Five conference like the Pac-12. It was a topic of conversation on the radio on Wednesday.
Wednesday night came the answer. Rolovich tweeted out a thank-you to the University of Hawaii and its fan base.
He wrote: “On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to say MAHALO to the University of Hawaii, players, coaches, support staff, administration and the entire State of Hawaii fan base for all the support during my time leading your program. Hawaii is a special place to me. It is where I met my wife and raised my family. It gave me a as a player, as a young coach, as a head coach, and I loved every minute of being a part of something so special …”
Mahalo Hawaii, for everything. pic.twitter.com/ogj1AzAaWu
— Nick Rolovich (@NickRolovich) January 16, 2020
He closes by saying: “Every victory was special and only possible with the tremendous dedication from so many people throughout the program and fan base. I cherish each win, bowl game and milestone we reached together. I am so proud of every young Simba who contributed to bringing Pride Rock back and wish continued success to everyone in the Hawai’i family.”
Rolovich is set to be officially introduced Thursday as the 33rd head coach in WSU Cougar history at a press conference at 2:30 p.m. PST (12:30 HST) at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. The press conference will be streamed live at the Pac-12 website. (There is no call-in option for the press conference.)