Another University of Hawaii football assistant coach, Chris Demarest, is leaving. A source at UH told me it’s official as of today and our football writer Stephen Tsai confirmed it.
Now, Demarest wasn’t the most low-maintenance employee. But he was a very good special teams coordinator. It has been consistently the best phase of the three for the Rainbow Warriors over the past three years under head coach Norm Chow. That might not seem like much for a team that has gone 8-29, but the kicking game is not the reason for that losing record.
He’s the third assistant to leave UH in recent weeks, following defensive coordinator Kevin Clune and associate head coach/secondary coach Darante’ Jones. These are the most experienced members of the staff, making it more alarming.
Demarest, from what I’m told, isn’t even leaving with another job waiting for him right now.
Two other remaining assistant coaches also may be leaving, I’ve been told.
Can’t say I blame anyone for digging out, considering the entire staff could very well be out of work after next season.
This mass exodus makes the decision to not buy out Chow after a third losing season in a row look even worse.
In another late-breaking development, I’m told UH could be very close to announcing Clune’s replacement.