Hawaii special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Jake Cookus will be retained under new Rainbow Warriors coach Nick Rolovich, according to a source.
This season was Cookus’ first at Hawaii. Offensive line coach Chris Naeole and secondary coach Abe Elimimian have also been retained by Rolovich.
Cookus previously served as Montana’s co-special teams coordinator and safeties coach from 2013-14. Before that, he was at Weber State for seven seasons as special teams coordinator and was also the program’s co-defensive coordinator his last three seasons, working with safeties and cornerbacks.
Cookus was a graduate assistant at Kentucky from 2003-04 and worked with the Wildcats’ defensive backs. A Roseburg, Ore., native, he got his start in collegiate coaching in 2002 at Southern Oregon, where he oversaw outside linebackers.
Rolovich is considered one of college football’s top young offensive minds. The 36-year-old was hired last month after spending the last four seasons as Nevada’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Rolovich was a Hawaii assistant from 2008-11. He spent the first two years as quarterbacks coach before adding offensive coordinator duties as well.
He played quarterback for the Rainbow Warriors from 2000-01, passing for 4,176 yards with 40 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games. He was also a student assistant at Hawaii from 2003-04 and played in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League.
Rolovich replaces Norm Chow, who was fired early last month after a 2-7 start. The Rainbow Warriors finished with a 3-10 record this season, including an 0-8 mark in the Mountain West.