Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich today was named the Mountain West Conference’s Coach of the Year.
The Rainbow Warriors, who were picked to finish fourth in the West Division, are 9-4 and will play Boise State in Saturday’s Mountain West championship game in Boise.
“I’m grateful for the coaching staff and the support staff and the effort these players put in this year,” Rolovich told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Rolovich said he does not seek individual awards. “I try to win games,” he said. “It’s a nice honor. I appreciate it. A lot of guys deserve it. … The conference is full of great coaches. I enjoy being part of it.”
Right slotback Cedric Byrd was named to the All-Mountain West first team.
Quarterback Cole McDonald, right wideout JoJo Ward and left tackle Ilm Manning were named to the second team.
Cornerbacks Cortez Davis and Rojesterman Farris II, linebacker Solomon Matautia, rush end Kaimana Padello, nose tackle Blessman Ta‘ala, and offensive linemen Gene Pryor and Taaga Tuulima received honorable mention.