The University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior football team closes out its 2015 football season on Saturday with a Senior Night celebration, set to square off with Louisiana Monroe on Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium in the second meeting between these programs.
When the ‘Bows hit the field, they will do so without Defensive Coordinator Tom Mason. Interim Head Coach Chris Naeole officially announced on Wednesday that the assistant had been re-assigned to an administrative role in the academic center.
“The student athlete has two more weeks to finish on a strong note and we need all the help we can get and transition that to the next coach that’s taking over this program” said, Naeole.
Although Naeole credits the importance of “academic success” as the reason for the move, over the last four games, the UH defense has allowed an average of 46 points per game, while Mason created a buzz having publicly questioned leadership and player performance over the last few weeks in televised interviews.
Defensive Backs Coach Abraham Elimimian will serve as defensive coordinator for the final game.
Mason had also held duties as inside linebackers coach. Kurt Gouveia, who handled the outside linebackers, now will coach all of the linebackers.
This move marks as the second time in four weeks that an assistant coach had been re-assigned. Days following the termination of Head Coach Norm Chow, running backs coach Wayne Moses was moved to an adminstrative role in the football office.
The last of three consecutive home games down the homestretch of the season, UH will be honoring 22 outgoing seniors, who will make their final appearance for the Rainbow Warriors on Saturday.
Saturday marks only the second meeting between UH and ULM, who last faced off in 1997 when ULM was known as Northeast Louisiana. The then-Indians stormed back from a 17-7 halftime deficit to defeat UH in overtime 23-20.