Rolo is earning a good life

Nick Rolovich is not disturbed about earning the fourth-lowest base salary among 130 FBS head coaches. USA Today published its annual list yesterday. Rolovich earns $400,008 in his second year of a five-year contract.

“It’s just a list,” Rolovich said after this morning’s practice. “I’m the head coach at my alma mater, and I’m living in Hawaii, raising my family in a great community.”

Rolovich and Washington State coach Mike Leach had a phone conversation last night.

“I liked what he said,” Rolovich said. “You don’t need a mansion because you spend so much time working. You really are familiar with a couple of rooms, right? Your bedroom, your bathroom, your kitchen and maybe the living room if you want to spend time with the family. Then you’re at work. You don’t have time to spend it all. You want your kids to grow up earning money, not just giving them stuff. You just don’t have time to spend it all. It’s more about coaching these kids. I look at it as quality of life.”

Rolovich added: “I’ve got a good wife and a good family. Look where I work. It’s more than money. You look at it as the fourth-lowest-paid head coach. I don’t know what the cost-of-living index would do to that. Or you look at it as one of the highest-paid state employees in Hawaii. I think that’s the thing … there are a lot of people on this island who would love to be making my salary. There are two viewpoints. … I woke up this morning to a beautiful day. I’m not shoveling snow. We’re about to have breakfast and we’ve already practiced and the sun isn’t even in the middle of the sky. And we’re in Hawaii.”


  1. turfwar October 26, 2017 10:59 am

    Coach George Lumpkin once said the same thing when I asked him if he ever thought about leaving for another school. He also said football is football but being able to stay, work and live here was the most important thing to him and his family. He felt the quality of life here made that a priority.

  2. turfwar October 26, 2017 11:00 am


  3. Honu888 October 26, 2017 11:02 am

    That’s an awesome point of view Coach! Everything isn’t about money!

  4. Ipu Man October 26, 2017 11:34 am

    Plus he gives $100 away every week on call
    the coach show to a lucky fan. That’s $400
    to $500 a month…$4,800 to $6,000 a year.
    I think that is not necessary considering how
    few fans benefit. But hey, pass it on to charity
    I guess is what he hopes, no?

  5. bowwar October 26, 2017 11:37 am

    Rolo truly “gets it” about living in Hawaii…We’ve all had our “choices” to live elsewhere and to pursue our future accordingly, but it is the matter of “perspective.” There is no better place to live and raise a family than Hawaii. Yeah, we may be “poor” in money, but we’re “millionaires” in the quality of life we have…Live Aloha, Play Warrior!

  6. Ipu Man October 26, 2017 11:37 am

    There’s a few homeless on the Ala Wai who
    would be glad to have just $5 of that…

  7. Trunks420 October 26, 2017 11:38 am

    Wow that’s awesome viewpoint we get caught up with keeping up with Jones we need to see we have it good. Can’t take anything for granted.

    Great Artical ST

  8. NaKoaMike October 26, 2017 11:52 am

    San Jose State game photos, football alumni homecoming photos and lunch report are now posted.

    Game photos

    Football Alumni Homecoming

    Lunch Report

  9. Warbow October 26, 2017 12:00 pm

    We’re lucky to have a head coach feel that way. BUT, the same could not be said for quality asst coaches. The key to a good football program is not the head coach but rather the asst coaches he hires. Boise State has one of the highest pay-rolls in the country for asst coaches. That is how they are able to maintain success thru numerous head coaching changes. And that is how it’s done, to maintain quality asst coaches and success of your program, you have to pay them for what they are worth to your program. Here in Hawaii we pay the minimum to not so quality asst coaches and expect perfection. Hawaii is a good program for asst coaches to make a start in their careers. Once they receive any level of success they go to where the money is. The not so good asst coaches remain. JJ did it right where he had a lot of local coaches who didn’t want to leave.

  10. ai-eee-soos October 26, 2017 12:31 pm

    If you haven’t done so, read

    Quarterback Dru Brown enters critical phase
    By Stephen Tsai

    It’s on-line, and NOT blue starred.

    Thanks ST.

  11. islandman October 26, 2017 12:32 pm

    5. Hawaii has the highest homeless rate per capita in the USA. and the highest cost of living. And a severe lack of affordable housing. A report said that high land costs, high construction and development costs and a growing population contribute to the high housing costs. including rentals.(Appleseed report, I think).

  12. A-House October 26, 2017 12:50 pm

    i would be a very happy “camper” if I made the salary of a UH football assistant coach!

    yes, buss ass, but over a $100,000 a year? yippee!!

  13. Andrew October 26, 2017 3:45 pm

    “boolakanaka October 26, 2017 10:48 am

    35—Bruddha, your alma mater had some players in my day. Brian Derby, all-state, 3 year starter at UH and mentor and coach to hundreds of high o lineman. As for Pearl City QB, look up Kevin Kamai, who could have easily played college ball, and was a strong strong kanaka at QB, last time I saw him back in the day, he was benching close to 500.”

    Right on, I was not aware of that. I’m an ’05 grad so football during my time didn’t have as much success, although one year when we were in red division, actually made playoffs and had a good QB that year. Unfortunately the headcoach passed away after the season.

  14. ai-eee-soos October 26, 2017 3:47 pm

    From yesterday … don’t know if it was posted here.

    UH Men’s Basketball going to Australia. By Brian McInnis.

    The night was going so well at the second annual Hawaii basketball Tip-off fundraiser event. Sold-out tables, a rollicking atmosphere and arena floor full (about 500) of diehard fans eager to donate their hard-earned cash toward the cause. There was even a notable return in the form of former coach Bob Nash.

    Ganot, speaking on stage, called it the biggest fundraiser in program history, to loud applause.

    Then he gave the fans an added, unexpected, to-this-point unreported cherry: The Rainbow Warriors will take a foreign tour to Australia next summer. It will be the second in program history, after the Warriors to Asia tour under Gib Arnold in 2011.

    It’s been in the works behind the scenes for a while, and the details are still very much in the early stages. But UH is looking at playing four to six exhibition games in various Australian cities in August 2018. Sydney and Melbourne are likely possibilities.

  15. Buffoman October 26, 2017 7:02 pm

    If SDSU is able to amass the kind of yardage past opponents have been able to do, we would probably lose. The clock would be in their favor as SDSU would be successful pounding the ball on the ground.

    Given that, it really depends on the defense to show much more than what we’ve seen in the past. I don’t believe the offense is at the point where they can be counted on to score the majority of the time we posess the ball. But we’ve had a difficult time making the opponent s punt. The game will tell us much.

  16. NaKoaMike October 26, 2017 8:21 pm

    Photos of the football alumni at the Homecoming game against San Jose State.

  17. NaKoaMike October 26, 2017 8:22 pm

    San Jose State game photos.

  18. NaKoaMike October 26, 2017 8:25 pm

    San Jose State Na Koa lunch report.

  19. Inyoface October 26, 2017 8:37 pm

    Didn’t know DSJ didn’t play in the San Diego game last year, might’ve made a huge difference as far as the run game. Hopefully we can add another dimension to the offense this year compared to last.

  20. Maddog50 October 27, 2017 3:07 am

    Na Koa Mike-nice job with the pictures! This week should start a run of payback or revenge games-concentrate on this one but we a just a few others. Get this one and the following games will look a whole lot better. There is no better motivator than looking back to last years game and the missed opportunities this year. I expect close and I expect a W- GoWarriors

  21. BeenThere October 27, 2017 5:01 am

    Hawaii has good weather, albeit a little too rainy for my tastes. Other than that there is no good quality of life. Crowded, expensive, horrible traffic, limited economic opportunities, racism between locals and those that came later, families living 8-10 to a house due to exorbitant prices. These are not things to be proud of or brag about.

    You need to get off the island and see how well others have it. Just sayin…

  22. cappie the dog October 27, 2017 6:30 am

    Fact: Targeting.
    Alternative Fact: The quarterback slid late.

  23. A-House October 27, 2017 7:11 am

    my 2 best eateries on the mainland: Cici’s and Golden Corral!!!

    both are cheap and can eat plenty, plenty — like massive plate lunch in Hawaii and cheap!

    we have had 3 Tsaiko tailgates at LV — 1st ever was put together by Rich 2176 and Rasu Bagasu at Cici’s — of course, ST and Ferd got lost — took 515 on ramp, but headed to North LV — we were in Henderson — posse went out to look for them; 2nd was at Boulder Station; and 3rd at the Fiesta in Henderson — 4th will be held soon.

    4th should be a good one — have fun guys and gals!!!!

  24. Akamai Okole October 27, 2017 7:13 am

    Great Morning All!

    My 1st job: $1.15 per hour
    My biggest concern: If my aluminum foil-wrapped can juice melted enough for me to drink by lunch time. 😈

    Beat Da Aztecs!

    Das it

  25. boolakanaka October 27, 2017 7:46 am

    While I appreciate Mike Leach’s comments, he is going to make almost 3 million this year (or 7-8 times Rolo, in a much much cheaper market). Its sort of easy to play zen philosopher, when you live in Pullman, WA, and making that type of scratch…..

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid October 27, 2017 7:54 am

    Rolo has the passion and pride that makes him the kind of person Hawai’i needs at the HC position. We are lucky to have him. I hope he will become successful enough here to command a bigger salary for himself and the rest of his staff. Mahalo to all of the coaches and players for having the Warrior spirit to represent our state! Nobody comes to Hawaii to coach or play because of our great facilities or for the money. It’s all about heart!


  27. Old School Dave October 27, 2017 9:31 am

    Reminds me of an old Steve Martin joke about a boss (UH) asking a worker: “Making much?”

  28. Derek October 27, 2017 10:09 am

    Today’s word is RIDICULOUS! It’s ridiculous that Brian Kelly gets only $1.6 million at a place like Notre Dame. And I think Rolo only getting $400K is just as ridiculous. He’s already proven to be making at least, if not more than what Norm Chow got which is around $550K. Come on, man! If we at Hawaii want to aspire to be better than just mediocre and better than the 4th lowest FBS head football coach in the country then we are going no where. Granted the UH doesn’t have a lot of money and can’t pay big bucks, but jeez I hope Matlin wakes up and not wait another 3 years before the end of Rolo’s current 5 year contract. The landscape has changed a lot in just one year. Tear up his contract and give him a new one. It would be fair that Rolo gets around $650K and that ain’t much when you are talking about FBS Head Football Coaches. And while we are at it, give a little more money for a very good defensive coordinator out there too. That’s it for now.

    P.S. And I think Nick Saban is worth every penny he gets.

  29. boolakanaka October 27, 2017 10:30 am

    #26 Part of the ND equation was that no doubt that until just about two years ago, they were still paying Charlie Weiss, almost 20 million in severance-he got about 2 million a year for about 10 years. (so much for fidelity to his alma mater) Charlie also got another 5 million in severance from Kansas when he was fired there…..Now, I don’t know about you, but I am pretty sure I could have hired all the right assistants, let them do their thing, and had the same or better record as Charlie the tuna.

  30. Stephen Tsai October 27, 2017 10:32 am

    New post:

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