Todd Graham’s tenure as Hawaii soccer coach is over after two seasons. Graham resigned Friday evening.
“After a lot prayer and reflection with my household, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll step away as head coach of the Rainbow Warriors, with a really heavy coronary heart,” he mentioned in a press release launched by the college.
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The choice to go away got here per week after two state Senate committees heard harsh testimony from former gamers who accused Graham of abusive habits and making a poisonous tradition inside this system. Graham denied the claims and UH athletic director David Matlin, who additionally testified on the listening to, expressed assist for the coach.
Hawaii was 11-11 underneath Graham. It certified for bowl video games each seasons however selected to not play within the 2021 Hawaii Bowl, citing COVID-19 and roster points.
Why did Todd Graham resign as Hawaii coach?
Graham had been underneath stress to stop or be fired for the reason that finish of the Rainbow Warriors’ season. Gamers accused him of being a verbally abusive “tyrant” who created a poisonous tradition throughout the program. Seventeen UH gamers, together with quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, have entered the switch portal since late November.
A bunch of former gamers made damning statements throughout testimony at a Jan. 7 listening to about this system underneath Graham performed by the Hawaii Senate’s Methods and Means and Larger Schooling committees.
“I attempt to see the great in all people and provides individuals possibilities, however he’s hands-down the worst man I’ve ever met in my life,” former linebacker Henry Lee mentioned of Graham, per KITV.com. Lee was dismissed from the staff after the preliminary criticism of Graham, mwwire.com reported.
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Graham testified that no verbal abuse occurred.
“I’ve tried to wash up among the language issues. We’re not excellent and don’t declare to be. All I can inform you is my expertise inside that locker room and with our staff, and people issues haven’t occurred. Now we have been demanding and labored with our children and coached them onerous, however have beloved them onerous as nicely,” he mentioned, per KITV.
Graham expressed the same sentiment as he introduced his resignation.
“Our workers poured our hearts and souls into our gamers and really made a distinction of their lives. I couldn’t have requested extra of their dedication, work ethic and love for our gamers and soccer program. However it’s clear to me that I have to step away and do what’s finest for me and my household and my well being. I honor, worth and love all of my gamers and coaches and I want you the easiest,” he mentioned.
What’s Todd Graham’s contract standing?
Graham resigned with three years remaining on a five-year, $3.96 million contract. UH identified in its assertion that it owes Graham no further cash as a result of he resigned. The Star-Advertiser of Honolulu reported that Hawaii would have needed to pay Graham $1.275 million to purchase out his contract, though Matlin mentioned final week that he would persist with Graham even when cash for the buyout was raised.
Graham was scheduled to make $800,000 a yr from 2022 by way of 2024. His contract additionally included incentives.
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Who will substitute Todd Graham as Hawaii coach?
Linebackers coach Jacob Yoro was appointed interim head coach. Yoro has been a Rainbow Warriors coach since 2017. UH mentioned in its assertion that the seek for a full-time coach would start instantly.
There was a push on Twitter within the early moments after Graham’s resignation for Hawaii to convey again former head coach June Jones, who led this system to a 75-41 document from 1999 by way of 2007 and a berth within the Sugar Bowl within the 2007 season.