Norfolk State wide receivers coach Kefense Hynson has accepted a job as the new wide receivers coach for Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich, according to a source.
This season was Hynson’s first at Norfolk State after three years as an assistant at Montana. He coached the Grizzlies’ tight ends and special teams his first season before being promoted to co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach his final two years.
Hynson was Yale’s wide receivers coach from 2009–11 following three seasons as an assistant at Western Washington, the last two of which were as offensive coordinator. He was Minnesota State’s running backs coach in ’05 and Boise State’s director of football operations in ’04.
He was also briefly Quincy’s defensive backs coach in 2004 and got his start in coaching as assistant wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Willamette College, in ’03. Hynson was a defensive back for the Bearcats from 1999–2002.
An Oakland, Calif., native, Hynson has also participated in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program with the Seattle Seahawks (2008), Oakland Raiders (’09), Kansas City Chiefs (’10), Houston Texans (’13) and Detroit Lions (’14).
He joins the highly regarded Rolovich, who 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. When Rolovich was a Hawaii assistant from 2008–11, he spent the first two years as quarterbacks coach before adding offensive coordinator duties as well.
While quarterback for the Rainbow Warriors from 2000–01, he passed for 4,176 yards with 40 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games. He was also a student assistant at Hawaii from ’03–04 and played in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League.
Rolovich replaces Norm Chow, who was fired in early last month after a 2–7 start. The Rainbow Warriors finished 3–10 this season, including an 0–8 mark in the Mountain West.