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Naeole Resigns as UH Football Offensive Line Coach

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UH Football offensive line coach Chris Naeole officially resigned from the coaching staff on Friday.

Naeole issued the following statement to the media:

"I'd like to thank the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the people of our state, for not only allowing me to serve, but also in supporting me as a member of the Rainbow Warriors coaching staff over the last four and one-half years.

In my heart, I believe I served the program and student-athletes to the best of my ability, and with the same work ethic, desire and passion to excel that pushed me at all levels of my playing career.

However, due to certain philosophical differences with the handling of disciplinary matters in the program, I've offered my resignation as the offensive line coach. I have always believed in the integrity and principles of what our community and the University stands for and those same beliefs are what I have always tried to instill in my players.

I have expressed my thoughts with the coaching staff and the Athletic Department, and I know the same holds true with many of the dedicated coaches throughout the entire University of Hawaii athletic 'ohana.

I will miss the fans, the support staff, and the faculty who have been so supportive of the program, as well as the young men I've had the privilege and honor of coaching, teaching, and mentoring at the University of Hawaii.

I extend my Aloha and well wishes to a great University, and to the people of Hawaii."

UH head coach Nick Rolovich responded, “I want to thank Chris for his hard work and dedication to our football program.”

Rolovich continued, “He was critical in holding this program together in the transition from Coach Chow to myself. We wish him well in his future, and we will meet this challenge head on, because that is the Warrior way."

Athletics Director Matlin says Naeole has had a tremendous impact on the program.

“Chris will be missed and he will always be a member of our Rainbow Warrior 'ohana,” said Matlin

Naeole spent the last four-plus years on the UH football staff, three under former head coach Norm Chow and the last one-plus under Rolovich. He also served as interim head coach after Chow's departure.

Naeole is a 1992 Kahuku High graduate.

At Colorado, he was an All-America offensive guard, before going on to play 12 NFL seasons with the Saints and Jaguars.

Naeole was recently inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Rainbow Warriors are at Nevada this week. Kickoff in Reno on Saturday is at 4:30 p.m. Hawaii time.

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