Warriors are partners in youth program

Nick Rolovich grew up in a household of love, support and encouragement. But like most tweens, “you need somebody (outside the family) to tell you everything’s going to be OK and your life is going to be what you make of it and you can do whatever you want,” Rolovich said. “Hearing that from the right person at the right time is the reason why I’m here (as UH coach). We all had somebody like that.”

For Rolovich, that was the brother of his uncle’s wife — Dan Hayes, quarterbacks coach at City College of San Francisco.

“I wanted to be a quarterback, and he was the closest thing to anybody I knew doing it,” Rolovich said. “He told me it wouldn’t be easy, but if I really wanted to do it, I could do it.”

Rolovich went on play quarterback at CCSF, become a record-setting passer at UH, enjoy a diverse pro career, and then eventually coach at his alma mater. Yesterday, it was announced the Warriors would participate in the Youth Impact Program.

The program, started by former NFL linebacker Riki Ellison and in place at several NCAA schools across the country, is intended for disadvantaged and at-risk boys entering grades 6-8.

YIP will select about 100 boys to participate in a camp that runs weekdays from July 3-14 at the UH athletic complex.

The participants will receive instructions on academics and life lessons in the morning, and go through football-related activities in the afternoon. YIP and its sponsors will provide transportation, apparel, and two full meals each day. Eight UH players will serve as mentors and instructors in the football activities. Jason Cvercko, UH’s director of recruiting and retention, is the director of Hawaii camp. Graduate assistant coach Marc Moody assists in event planning and coordination.

“It’s all win-win,” Rolovich said. “Those things in Hawaii all change lives.”


  1. Da Punchbowl Kid June 9, 2017 9:29 am

    Yes early mentors are great assets to youngsters. They bring out the best in kids. Funny how some affect you in ways other adults, including parents, can. I am sure Rolo and his staff doing just that very thin with many kids these days.

  2. orioles4eva June 9, 2017 10:22 am

    There were many coaches who gave freely of their time who helped me as a youth.

  3. boya_jr June 9, 2017 10:39 am

    Stephen, any update on the Spectrum live stream for the 2017 season? I’m going to start this back up again.


  4. bg June 9, 2017 10:55 am

    A fabulous Aloha Friday for all to enjoy!

    Stephen writes about Rolo’s family and their supportive closeness. Please have patience if these questions of mine have been covered before…I missed the coverage.

    Is Rolo’s dad retire as a fireman?…if he is retired. What is Rolo’s mom (Laura? or Laurie?) doing? What is his brother, Jack, doing? Still in Hawaii? Am I leaving out a sister?

    Just curious…and they were such very nice people.

  5. boya_jr June 9, 2017 11:22 am

    Living in the Bay Area, I often hear nice things about Rolo and his family. Two weeks ago, a fellow board member of a non-profit who lives in Novato told me he knew of the Rolovich family. Nice things to say.

    A month ago, I had coffee with a former Hawaii high school FB player who ended up getting into a NFL camp. He played for another college, but he had good things to say about Coach.

    Anyways, keep up the good work. Live Aloha. Happy Aloha Friday.

  6. Maddog50 June 9, 2017 1:11 pm

    Great effort by Coach Rolovich and staff. Easily could have been an at risk kid-FB and guidance nudged me in another direction-very thankful for UH opportunity and Coach Cal Murphy-deeply indebted-GoWarriors!!!!

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid June 9, 2017 1:46 pm

    My apologies for the boo-boos in my post above. Pre-coffee. Hope y’all understood my point.

  8. Old School Dave June 9, 2017 3:24 pm

    With all of the big name HS programs that get most of the media coverage, it should be noted that there is a player at Kaimuki HS who may warrant some watching in 2017. Jordan Solomon (6.0 180 lbs), the younger brother of Anu Solomon (Arizona and now Baylor) transferred to KHS from the mainland as a sophomore QB last season and put up some impressive numbers. If genes mean anything, Solomon has the potential to put up more numbers and catch the attention of UH and other D-I schools as a junior this season.


  9. cappie the dog June 9, 2017 4:38 pm

    I recall Jackson Wheeler on “Hoops Talk” saying that Long Beach State basketball team gets some incredible calls at their home games.

    Did anybody catch the ninth inning of CSF/LBSU?

    With the bases loaded and no outs, on a 1-0 count, the home plate umpire gave the LBSU pitcher a strike that was at least two inches off the inside of the plate. This call was Eric Gregg/Livian Hernandez horrific. And the next batter, same thing, a pitch that was even lower which was also clearly two inches off the inside of the plate.

    Cal State-Fullerton wasn’t given the opportunity to rally. The CSF manager looked like he wanted to tackle ‘blue”.

  10. hilosupaman June 9, 2017 7:36 pm

    Coach Rolo walks the walk… LIVE ALOHA, PLAY WARRIOR!

  11. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2017 9:41 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=43714

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