Hawaii football: Abe Elimimian becomes second coach retained by Todd Graham

Defensive coach Abe Elimimian, seen here in 2015 on the staff of Norm Chow, has now been retained by two new head coaches — Nick Rolovich and Todd Graham. / Star-Advertiser file photo by Dennis Oda

Most of the following appeared on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s breaking news.

University of Hawaii head coach Todd Graham has doubled his staff with the hiring of Abraham Elimimian as a defensive assistant coach.

Elimimian is a former UH cornerback who joined the Rainbow Warriors as an assistant coach in 2015. This past season, Elimimian helped develop cornerbacks Rojesterman Farris II and Cortez Davis.

“He is a great fit for our staff because of his love for our players, our program, and of the University of Hawaii,” Graham announced in a UH tweet.

Elimimian, who was hired on staff originally by Norm Chow, will now be a part of a third separate football regime in Manoa.

Graham was hired on Monday to succeed Nick Rolovich, who resigned to become Washington State’s head coach. On Thursday, Graham retained Jacob Yoro, who coached the Warriors’ hybrid ends the past season. Elimimian, who returned from a recruiting trip in Los Angeles, fills the second of 10 assistant-coaching spots.


  1. Luki January 24, 2020 4:26 pm


  2. Pukalani boy. January 24, 2020 4:48 pm

    Glad he kept Elimimiam.

  3. Kawika January 24, 2020 4:52 pm

    Congratulations, Coach Abe! Well deserving, along with Coach Yoro. Mahalo for your continuing to recruit for UH while the program was without a head coach. Time to grind!

  4. 19Champions January 24, 2020 5:49 pm

    LOVE IT!!! Thanks Coach Graham!👍 What’s the word on Corey Batoon? ..I’m kinda holding my breadth😬

  5. Islander January 24, 2020 7:25 pm

    So far, Graham has made all the correct moves. However, I think the chance for hiring Corey Batoon will probably be less than 50%.

  6. Hawai'iOnly January 24, 2020 8:40 pm

    This makes me happy!

  7. Whats Up January 25, 2020 3:58 am

    Abe is a Hawaii Warrior! Good move by Graham.

  8. AllG January 25, 2020 8:24 am

    I hope he keeps Andre Allen on staff but he should bring in his own DC

  9. Na Alii Pride January 25, 2020 10:54 am

    I agree with Islander. I think Batoon won’t be retained. He’s a good guy and a good cosch, but I think he wants to bring in his own DC

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