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In the summer of 1977, first-time head coach Dick Tomey and his staff cobbled together a team of local boys and mainland recruits just weeks before the start of the season— and launched a pivotal new era in University of Hawaii football. The Tomey era was a game changer—from the first improbable season through a decade of gridiron drama played out before packed houses at Aloha Stadium. With new faces, a new conference and a new 50,000-seat venue, the Rainbow Warriors quickly emerged as a force to be reckoned with—challenging and even beating some of the biggest powerhouses in college football. In this lively, play-byplay memoir, Coach Tomey recalls the glory years: of rabid fans and muddle huddles, of big wins and heartbreaking losses, and a roster of players—Sapolu, Noga, Allen, Gaison and so many others—who proudly carried the banner of the Rainbow Warriors.
Dick Tomey was a college football head coach for twenty-nine seasons, including ten with the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. He is a former president of the American Football Coaches Association and currently chairs the Selection Committee of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. He and his wife, author Nanci Kincaid, reside in Tucson, Arizona.
Lance Tominaga is a Web Editor for ESPN 1420 Radio in Honolulu. He is a former magazine editor and has authored seven previous books, including Catch the Dream: The Story of Hawaii Winter Baseball and The Hawaii Sports Trivia Challenge.
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