Rolovich takes over for Norm Chow, who was fired in early November. The Rainbow Warriors are 2–10 this season, including an 0-8 mark in Mountain West Conference play.
The hiring marks a return for Rolovich to Hawaii, where he served as an assistant from 2008-11. He spent the first two years as the quarterbacks coach before taking on offensive coordinator duties as well. Rolovich served as Nevada's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from ’12-15.
Rolovich played for the Rainbow Warriors from 2000-01 as quarterback. He passed for 4,176 yards with 40 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games over the two years. Rolovich got his start in coaching in ’02 at San Marin (Calif.) High as an assistant. He then became a student assistant at Hawaii from ’03-04 and coached quarterbacks at City College of San Francisco, the junior college where he began his collegiate playing career, from ’06-07.
Chow coached the Rainbow Warriors for four season and compiled a 10–36 record before his firing nine games into the 2015 season. The Rainbow Warriors haven't had a winning season since ’10, when they went 10–4 under Greg McMackin.