Nick Rolovich

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Nick Rolovich
Rolovich at 2016 Mountain West Media Day
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Hawaii
Conference Mountain West
Record 4–4
Biographical details
Born (1979-02-16) February 16, 1979 (age 37)
Daly City, California
Playing career
1998–1999 City College of San Francisco
2000–2001 Hawaii
2002 Denver Broncos
2002–2003 Rhein Fire
2003 Denver Broncos
2004–2005 San Jose SaberCats
2006 Arizona Rattlers
2006 Dresden Monarchs
2007 Las Vegas Gladiators
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2002 San Marin (CA) HS (assistant)
2003–2004 Hawaii (SA)
2006–2007 City College of San Francisco (QB)
2008–2009 Hawaii (QB)
2010–2011 Hawaii (OC/QB)
2012–2015 Nevada (OC/QB)
2016–present Hawaii
Head coaching record
Overall 4–4
Accomplishments and honors
2x Junior College All-American (1998–1999)
Hula Bowl MVP (2002)

Nicholas Robert Rolovich (born February 16, 1979) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach for the University of Hawaii at Manoa, following his leave after the 2015 season as an offensive coordinator for the Nevada Wolf Pack football team.[1][2][3] He was a quarterback with the Las Vegas Gladiators in the Arena Football League. He majored in economics at the University of Hawaii. He received a master's degree at New Mexico Highlands University.

High school years[edit]

Nick Rolovich attended Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California, and was a student and won varsity letters in football and baseball. In football, he led his teams to two League Championships.

College career[edit]

City College of San Francisco[edit]

Rolovich was a two-time junior college All-American (1998–99) at City College of San Francisco, where he led the Rams to a national championship in 1999.[4]

University of Hawaii[edit]

Rolovich was a two-year letterman at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he replaced starter and eventual all-time NCAA career passing leader Timmy Chang early in the 2001 season, leading the Hawaii Warriors football team to an 8-1 record. During those nine games, Rolovich threw for 3,361 yards and 34 touchdowns on 233-of-405 passing. He ended his college career with three straight 500-yard passing games. He also tossed school single-game records of 8 touchdowns and 543 yards in a 72-45 win over BYU on December 8, 2001. Those numbers helped him place tenth in the nation in pass efficiency (105.5) while breaking 19 school passing records and eight total offense records. Rolovich participated in and was named one of the two MVPs from the 2002 Hula Bowl college all-star game.

Pro football career[edit]

Rolovich signed with the Denver Broncos on May 17, 2002 after an impressive mini-camp. He rejoined the team in the following season before being allocated to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. In 2003, Rolovich completed 87-of-149 passes while leading the Fire to World Bowl XI. He connected on 14-of-19 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown in their 35-16 loss to the Frankfurt Galaxy in the championship game. In 2004 and 2005, Rolovich signed with the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League where he served as Mark Grieb’s backup. He became the first San Jose QB other than Grieb to throw a pass in a game since the 2002 season. Rolovich signed with the Arizona Rattlers on October 31, 2006. Rolovich was released by both the Chicago Rush and Arizona Rattlers (after injuring his shoulder on January 16, 2006 in a non-contact scrimmage against Las Vegas, within a week he was waived) in 2006. In March 2007, he moved on to Europe to play for the Dresden Monarchs in the German Football League. On April 10, 2007, Rolovich was signed by the Las Vegas Gladiators.

Coaching career[edit]

While still playing in the AFL, Rolovich served as quarterback coach for his JC alma mater, the City College of San Francisco Rams for two years. Rolovich coached future quarterbacks Zak Lee and Jeremiah Masoli, who later went on to careers at Nebraska and Oregon, respectively. In 2008, he retired from pro-football and joined the coaching staff of his other alma mater, the Hawaii Warriors, as a full-time quarterback coach. In 2010, he was promoted to become Hawaii's offensive coordinator. In 2012, he was hired by Nevada to be their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after not being retained by new Warriors head coach Norm Chow. On November 27, 2015, Rolovich was hired as the new head football coach at the University of Hawaii replacing Norm Chow and interim head coach Chris Naeole.[5][6][7]


Rolovich is married to Analea Donovan, his college sweetheart from Maui. They have four children, born in August 2007, May 2009 and twins born in 2013.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (Mountain West Conference) (2016–present)
2016 Hawaii 4–4 3–1 (West)
Hawaii: 4–4 3–1
Total: 4–4
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ "Rolovich Picked As New UH Head Football Coach". Hawaii Athletics. November 27, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Ferd; Tsai, Stephan; Reardon, Dan (November 27, 2015). "Hawaii hires Rolovich as head football coach". StarAdvertiser. Honolulu. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ "UH names Nick Rolovich as new head football coach". Hawaii News Now (HNN). November 27, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Football History of Champions". CCCAA. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ Evans, Thayer (November 27, 2015). "Nevada Offensive Coordinator Nick Rolovich hired as Hawaii head coach". Sports Illustrated (SI). Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nevada offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich named Hawaii head coach". AP. November 27, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ Spangler, Sam (November 27, 2015). "Nick Rolovich named new UH head football coach". KHON. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 

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