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Rise of the Rainbow Warriors, a new book from Watermark Publishing, will be released in late October. Authored by former University of Hawaii head football coach Dick Tomey, the book chronicles and celebrates the memorable Tomey era of Rainbow Warrior football, which lasted from 1977 through 1986.

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the hiring of Coach Tomey at UH.

Although Tomey’s Hawaii teams never won a conference championship or went to a postseason bowl game, his ten seasons at UH represented a special time in UH football history. The Tomey era brought record home attendance numbers, national television exposure, and the program’s first-ever national ranking.

Rise of the Rainbow Warriors examines the challenges and opportunities that the program faced during Tomey’s UH coaching tenure. In riveting detail, Coach Tomey shares behind-the-scenes stories that capture the spirit of his Rainbow Warriors teams: the amazing triumphs, the bitter disappointments and the lessons that were learned. Each chapter covers a different aspect of the Tomey era, including recruiting, the big games and the program’s storied rivalry with BYU.

In addition, the book includes contributions from many of Coach Tomey’s former players and assistant coaches, including Blane Gaison, Falaniko Noga, Jesse Sapolu, Gary Allen, David Toloumu, Dana McLemore, Rich Miano, Joe Onosai, Mark Kafentzis, Nu’u Fa’aola, Walter Murray, Jeff Duva and others. “Rise of the Rainbow Warriors” also features 40 full-color and b/w photos.

The book was co-authored by Lance Tominaga, Web Editor at ESPN 1420.

ESPN 1420 will be giving away advance copies of Rise of the Rainbow Warriors on “The Bobby Curran Show” and “The Sports Animals” starting on October 2nd!


Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.: CALL THE COACH with DICK TOMEY. ESPN 1420 presents a special edition of “Call the Coach presented by Coors Light.” This event will take place at Ruby Tuesday Moanalua and will feature Dick Tomey and a few surprise guests. Come on down to the show, enjoy Coors Light and Miller Lite specials, savor tantalizing pupus, meet Coach Tomey and pick up a copy of Rise of the Rainbow Warriors!

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.: HUKILAU HONOLULU PAU HANA. Join Coach Tomey at the Hukilau in downtown Honolulu (Aston Executive Center, lobby level) for a lively pau hana gathering. Coach Tomey’s book, Rise of the Rainbow Warriors, will be available for purchase. Coach will be on hand to meet UH football fans and sign copies of his book. Enjoy some fabulous food and drink specials! Some of his former players are also expected to attend. (Also, an invitation-only VIP hour from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. is being planned. Admission will include a copy of Rise of the Rainbow Warriors, drink tickets, hosted pupus and a private gathering with Coach Tomey and some special guests. ESPN 1420 will be giving away tickets to this exclusive event!)

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, noon to 1:00 p.m.: BARNES & NOBLE. Come to Barnes & Noble at Ala Moana Center and meet Coach Tomey for a special book signing event. Book purchases will benefit the Na Koa Football Club. More information to come!


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