WSU hires Nick Rolovich as head football coach

Rolovich was announced as WSU’s 33rd head football coach earlier this week by Director of Athletics Pat Chun. He most recently spent four years as the head coach of the University of Hawai’i.

Washington State University will introduce Nick Rolovich as its new head football coach Thursday at a 2:30 p.m. press conference in the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium.

Rolovich was announced as WSU’s 33rd head football coach earlier this week by Director of Athletics Pat Chun. He most recently spent four years as head coach of the University of Hawai’i.

“We set a goal of bringing the best coach possible to Washington State University,” Chun said. “Nick Rolovich is a genuine person, a program builder, an innovator and the exact fit to lead Cougar Football. Coach Rolovich is committed to academic achievement and developing every aspect of our student-athletes. He has a vision of taking Cougar Football on a path to win championships.  We are fortunate to have Nick lead our program and we welcome his wife Analea, along with their daughter Alana and sons Daniel, William and Patrick to the Cougar Family.”

Rolovich recently lead the Rainbow Warriors to the team’s first 10-win season since 2019, capped off by a win over BYU in the Hawaii Bowl. He succeeds Mike Leach, who accepted the head coaching position at Mississippi State University.

The full announcement can be found on the WSU athletics website.

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