Todd Graham Named As UH’s Head Football Coach

Posted on Jan 22, 2020 in What's New

HONOLULU – Todd Graham has been named as the University of Hawai‘i’s new head football coach, Athletics Director David Matlin announced Tuesday. Graham will be introduced as the program’s 24th head coach at a press conference Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 2:00 p.m., at the UH Athletics Department Lecture Hall.

Graham comes to Mānoa with 12 years of head coaching experience at the FBS level, most recently with Arizona State, where he led the Sun Devils to five bowl appearances in six years. He has an overall head coaching record of 95-61 (.609) with stops at Rice (2006), Tulsa (2007-10), Pittsburgh (2011), and ASU (2012-17).

In 12 years as a head coach, 10 of his teams appeared in bowl games; four won conference divisional titles; and three finished the season nationally ranked. He earned two conference coach of the year awards with Rice (2006) and ASU (2013). His Tulsa teams led the nation in total offense in consecutive years in 2007 (543.9 ypg) and 2008 (569.9).

Twelve of Graham’s former assistant coaches went on to head coaching positions including eight current head coaches – Gus Malzahn (Auburn), Mike Norvell (Florida State), Jay Norvell (Nevada), Billy Napier (Louisiana), Chris Ball (Northern Arizona), Chip Lindsey (Troy), Jake Spavital (Texas State), and Ryan Silverfield (Memphis). Several others moved on to coordinator positions at Power 5 schools.

At ASU, Graham compiled a 46-32 mark. The 46 wins were the most in a six-year span in program history and put him third all-time in wins. He was the only head coach to lead ASU to bowl eligibility in each of his first four seasons and his five bowl appearances is second most in program history. ASU’s Sun Bowl victory in 2014 capped a second straight 10-win season under Graham while the Sun Devils finished with a No. 12 national ranking.

In addition, his student-athletes garnered 51 Pac-12 all-conference honors while 30 were either selected in the NFL Draft of signed free agent contracts. He coached two consensus All-Americans – Will Sutton and Zane Gonzalez, the latter was the 2016 Lou Groza Award winner.

In the classroom, the Sun Devils posted team grade point average of over 3.00 for the first time in program history in 2017-18 and its Academic Progress Rate reached an all-time high of 960 under Graham’s tenure.

At the age of 41, Graham received his first head coaching position at Rice in 2006. He led the program to a seven-win season and its first bowl game in 45 years, appearing in the New Orleans Bowl. The Owls won their last six games of the season and Graham was named C-USA Coach of the Year.

In 2007, Graham was named head coach at Tulsa, where he compiled a 36-17 record in four seasons. Three of his teams won 10 or more games and each of those teams won bowl games, including the 2010 squad that defeated Hawai‘i in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl. In addition, two of those three teams competed in the Conference USA championship game.

Graham led the Golden Hurricane to consecutive C-USA West Division titles in 2007 and ’08 and one shared West Division title in 2010. He was the first TU coach to win 10+ games in back-to-back seasons and his three bowl wins is the most in program history. In 2010, Tulsa’s win over Notre Dame was considered the biggest win in school history and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit called it the biggest upset of the 2010 college football season.

The Graham File

Overall Record: 95-61 (12 seasons)
Hometown: Mesquite, Texas
Alma Mater: East Central University (1987)
Family: Wife Penni and children Bo, Hank, Natalie, Haylee, Dakota and Michael Todd Jr.

Coaching Experience
1988-90: Poteet High School [Texas], Assistant Coach
1991-93: East Central University, Defensive Coordinator
1994: Carl Albert High School [Okla.], Head Coach
1995-2000: Allen High School [Texas], Head Coach and Athletic Director
2001-02: West Virginia, Co-Defensive Coordinator
2003-05: Tulsa, Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator
2006: Rice, Head Coach
2007-10: Tulsa, Head Coach
2011: Pittsburgh, Head Coach
2012-17: Arizona State, Head Coach