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Trivia Tuesday

By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.

With the University of Hawaii football head coaching position being the hot-button topic in local sports right now, we thought we’d test your knowledge on some of the program’s previous coaches. This little Pop Quiz is about Hawaii’s head football coaches during the Division I era (Larry Price, Dick Tomey, Bob Wagner, Fred von Appen, June Jones, Greg McMackin, Norm Chow, Nick Rolovich and Todd Graham). Good luck!


  1. In 2020, Todd Graham only the third UH head coach to notch a win in his debut. Larry Price was the first. Who was the third?
  2. This is a tough one: Which three UH coaches played Michigan?
  3. Which coach was the first to lead the Rainbow Warriors to a national ranking?
  4. Name the head coach that posted the best winning percentage.
  5. Which head coach played two No. 1-ranked teams?
  6. Name the UH athletic director that hired both Fred von Appen (0-12 in 1998) and June Jones (12-0 in 2007).
  7. Which head coach had the unenviable task of starting his UH coaching career with a road game against No. 5 Florida and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow?
  8. Easy one: Which is the only UH coach to have previous head coaching experience at the Division I level?
  9. Who is the only UH coach to beat BYU three times?
  10. Which coach had the most wins over nationally ranked teams?


  1. On Sept. 5, 1987, Hawaii shut out Cal State Fullerton, 44-0, in Bob Wagner’s first game as UH head coach.
  2. Dick Tomey (1986), Fred von Appen (1998) and Nick Rolovich (2016).
  3. On Nov. 9, 1981, under Dick Tomey, Hawaii earned the program’s first-ever national ranking (No. 18 AP, No. 16 UPI).
  4. June Jones (.634).
  5. Norm Chow’s Hawaii teams played No. 1 USC in 2012 and No. 1 Ohio State in 2015.
  6. Hugh Yoshida hired both coaches.
  7. Greg McMackin and the Rainbow Warriors fell to the Gators, 56-10, in the 2008 season opener.
  8. Todd Graham previously served as the head coach at Rice, Tulsa, Pittsburgh and Arizona State.
  9. Bob Wagner led Hawaii to victories over BYU in 1989, 1990 and 1992.
  10. June Jones beat four nationally ranked teams during his time as UH coach: Fresno State and BYU in 2001, Alabama in 2002 and Boise State in 2007.